Thursday, 31 July 2014

Embroidered Bird

I've enhanced a bird I painted a few weeks ago with hand embroidery, I used running stitch with different coloured threads.
Below is the bird without stitching. I think I used a stamp for the general outline then filled in the rest with a brush. Brusho and Manutex.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wool Patchwork - Part 3

Detached chain stitch, fly stitch

French knots, straight stitch, fly stitch, chevron stitch




All together

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New Fabric Swatches - Part 2

First, the floral designs


kitchen utensils
terrarium and coordinating background pattern

animals and birds
the rhino has an ammonite patterned skin


games 
 a local building called Sage was the inspiration behind this one
this one started out as a textured page in my sketchbook
All the above 8" swatches are printed on basic combed cotton.














Monday, 28 July 2014

New Fabric Swatches

First of all I thought I would tell you that my website linsart will be closing down in a few days so if you wanted to take a look before it goes, now is your chance. 
I will be keeping my blogs, flickr, pinterest etc
My new swatches have arrived from Spoonflower.
I created this design on my tablet.
The following two are older designs and they are both border prints.
first, the swatch. I used fabric to create this design which was screen printed
and this is what the full design looks like


another swatch
and the full design
The fabrics are available to purchase from Spoonflower







Friday, 25 July 2014

More Wool Patchwork

Stitches include buttonhole wheels, buttonhole stitch with French knots, detached chain stitches with French knots, stitched on vintage fabrics.




On the Pintangle site, Sharon has a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Herringbone Variations

 The herringbone stitch is the pale purple thread together with single fly stitches in yellow and red.


The row across is another form of herringbone stitch - twisted lattice band. This is made up of double herringbone stitch which has been laced. I used four colours here, pale purple, yellow threaded with orange and red, although normally just two colours are used. [I should have taken a close up] This stitch is number 121 of Take a Stitch Tuesday. The fabrics are remnants of vintage wool and cord. This is a picture of my mother wearing a coat made from the purple and black fabric. I'm not sure of the date of the photo but she is 86 now and I can remember her wearing the coat when I was young.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Quilt Keeper

 I actually made this ages ago, but I was looking for the photo of it yesterday and realised I hadn't got one. It is made up of Spoonflower swatches, 8 I think. I made it to keep a small quilt in it, and it can also be used as a flat cushion too.


The whole fabric collection can be seen here

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Drawn on my tablet. 
I used the mirror tool in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, whatever you draw on one side is magically drawn on the other side, a mirror image.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Stitched Leaf Print

I finished stitching on the leaf print today. It will be a page[s] in a book eventually ....I think.
Running stitch, zig-zag coral stitch, feathered chain stitch, long tail chain stitch.
Leaf printed background, organza layers, pearl thread, flower thread.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

More Mushrooms


The mushrooms are multiplying.......

Paper mache, paint, outdoor varnish.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

WIP and TAST 111

I've worked a couple more TAST stitches on my hand printed fabric. I used Tast 111, zig zag coral stitch as a couching thread to keep the organza in place on top of the printed fabric [light blue, perle thread]. As you can see I sewed it in a random manner rather than all the same size. I also used Tast 114, Long tail chain stitch together with running stitch to define the leaf pattern [dark blue, flower thread].