Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Monday, 23 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Monday, 16 April 2007
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Here's a few more pictures of my fan sketchbook before I have to hand it in next week. I've already posted a picture of the front cover and the fan mini book so this first picture is the pocket the minibook fits in.
Inside the box are orange slices made from felt with snippets stitched on and glitter and fabric paint added.
It also became a gingko leaf and I used a mould to make a clay leaf which I then used as a stamp and a template to make patterns with.
It also became some fan coral and a Shaker broom but the final page was a photograph I took of an iron gate with a fan type centre and I stuck feathers round it to bring the whole book back to the original theme of decorative fans.
TAST - Knotted Cretan Stitch. Mmmm well. I wasn't very inspired by Cretan stitch so the knotted variation didn't do much for me either. The top row doesn't even look to me as though it has knots in it though I know it has. However by the time I got to the third row it was improving and the knitted ribbon I used there really showed the knots though you can't see them very clearly here.
Now that we're this far into the challenge I'm starting to get a very useful library of stitched samples which are all filed in plastic wallets with the stitching guides in a ring binder. I was always intending to try out different stitches but never got around to it so this challenge is definitely a way that works for me.
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
So since then I've spent inordinate amounts of time reading blogs and I still have a long list in my favourites of ones I've just had a quick glance at but haven't had time to explore properly. The ones I read regularly so far I'll now list in my links down the side.
Of course as you can see, I'm so smitten with blogs I've had to write my own, and Sharon's TAST challenge was just the excuse I needed to get going!
Lisa Vollrath's website LisaVollrath.com is a very useful source of ideas and inspiration and in addition she generously provides free clipart. The above link is to an Easter countdown - visit each day from 1st April to Easter to download a free image - I've been saving her stuff for some time now and it's built into a really useful resource - a very generous lady.