I have been really looking forward to writing this post and sharing with you my latest work, a sample of experimental applique. By experimental, it means trying new techniques and materials. So I have attempted stained glass applique (which as the title suggests, looks like a stained glass window) and I have used a variety of materials, including felt, satin, organza, angel hair, cotton and decorative paper. Some of which are easier to stitch into than others. (As I found out the hard way. Ahm.)
|My Stained Glass window|
|Please take a closer look...|
|It's all stitched by hand...and took me AGES!!|
Only the border was machine stitched, and I have to say I felt very nervous because I had spent so long on the central panel, I didn't want to mess it up at the final hurdle! Luckily all went well (I hope you will agree) and it is certainly the best that I could manage so I hope it's good enough.
Onto other crafty news, Freya has had a creative week too preparing for Christmas;
|16 Christmas tree decorations for friends and family...DONE!|
And I have had a productive weekend in other ways too. I have a new resolution. It is to take better care of all my things. So far I have put this into action by:
1) Sewing on all the buttons that had fallen off my winter coat
2) Donating all my old clothes to charity to make more room for the clothes I want to keep
3) Getting my boots re-healed
4) Ironing all my scrap bits of fabric and storing them neatly
And I plan to;
1) Buy a large portfolio/file to keep all my fabric samples in (rather than carrier bags)
2) Keep all my shoes and boots polished
3) Re-organise my wardrobe to make better use of space
4) Keep all my craft/reference books in one place and in 'genre' order
This probably all sounds quite obsessive but I have to say I am really enjoying the process, and anyone who knows me will know that I love being organised and do have a tendency to be a bit OCD at times! But I also think it is important to take more care of the things I have, as it will make them last longer and I will enjoy them more. (If only I had applied this principle a year ago, my winter boots would not be in such a state of disrepair!!) I shall keep you updated with progress.
Off to bed now, as a new week beckons, with the prospect of one last applique sample... night night and I hope to hear from you soon.