September 17, 2014

Vintage Fun

A couple of weeks ago, I had a little vintage inspiration from a garage sale I went to - I saw this really cool typewriter from the 1950s - and it set me off into a whole new stitching series... old everyday appliances - typewriter, telephone, sewing machine and a bit of fine china tea cups - and the last picture is a little sparrow, that somehow fits into this series for me. The little love bird :) 





THE LOVE BIRD (vintage looking) :D

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September 3, 2014

Wild Animals Embroidery

Back from holidays and I have been so busy making hoopart, that I haven't been blogging at all. Only Facebook and Instagram got fed with my stuff... so I need to sum things up a bit, as I am making a Hoop a Day. Its insane really, but inspiration is making me mad, its literally flooding my mind all day and night ( I dream designs lately) - and I need to get it out of my head...

So here is a little summary of my stitchart - animal sketches! My three favourite animals: the FOX, the DEER and the MEERKAT. In the sewing world, the fox and deer is a well loved imagine and they are all over the place. I prefer them real life, as we got them in our backyard - and so here is my hommage to these beautiful and graceful animals! Meerkats rock my world, ever since meerkat manor. What lovable and caring animals they can be! Amazes me every time...

Enough said, here are the hoops:

For the deer I used very thick thread for the outlines - as on all pieces here. And then I colored them in with thick grey thread and light black. Its all about shading with these pieces. The feet look cut off, they are not intended to be, its just the thread that I haven't cut, cause I kind of like it this way :)

For the fox I used red bobbin thread for a bit of color, and I really like the outcome of this. Again a lot of shading and thick outlines. The little details were done with think black thread.

And last but not least the meerkat. Here I used white bobbin thread, and in this close up you can see the effect really well! By pulling the hoop back and forth while stitching, the bobbing thread comes out nicely. This was actually my first 'animal print' I made. Little detail and shading.

Right so, I am going to upload the next batch of photos now and show you my next project of vintage images. I've got a sewing machine, typewriter, tea cups and telephone to show you - so stay tuned...

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August 21, 2014

Mason Jar Love - after the hype

This post is all about my love for Mason Jars!

I haven't got a clue why I like them so much, but I think its the endless possibilities you have for usage and their look when sketched. I saw them so very often over the past three years when I tried to teach myself how to sew with tutorials from the blogger world - Modge Podge them, use them as invitations for weddings, make candles out of the glasses and hang them in the garden with wire wrapped around... as I said, endless. But once I saw a sketch and I fell in love. Simple lines, messy on top, yet symmetrical. *l*o*v*e*

So I added my own touch to them and started to draw them with my sewing machine. At first I wasn't sure with the lables stuck on them, if they are needed, if I should ass the writing 'mason jar' or not... argh! And when I think too much, nothing works out anymore. So this is what I ended up with:

A mason jar for collecting Luck (Gl├╝ck in German).

A mason jar for collecting Love (Liebe in German).

A mason jar for collecting moments, not things!

....and new in my collection: mason jar bag charms/tags. They are so much fun to sew!!

And here is a close up of working on one of the tags...

So, that was my attempt to explain my love for mason jars... years after the hype is over! But that's just me - I don't like to follow hypes and realize only later that the trends actually were pretty neat, once I added my own touch to them...

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August 1, 2014

Mermaid Swing

I'm off to Italy tomorrow - yay! Sun, Beach, Sand... and in my 'joy mode' I created a little sea creature! I saw this on the internet - someone painted a door with this beautiful little mermaid on a swing - in Copenhagen I think it was - and I fell in love with it. So I had to sew it literally straight away! But before I could get sewing I had to craft my own background - with fabric paint and a roller brush. I wanted a wave/water/drop feeling to the background, so I used green/white and blue.

For the sewing part: the tail was a nightmare, because I chose a silky fabric, that frayed into a million threads when cutting and melted on the iron when I tried to apply the heat'n'bond. Took me a few attempts to get the iron temperature right (and to clean the silly thing too!). But then it was 'green lights' for me to get sewing - and it was a right pleasure!

Here is a close up of the torso. Love the little dainty shoulders and the shell in her hair. The artist really thought of everything in detail. Was a bit hard to sketch at first, but in the end it all turned out just how I wanted it to be. This picture is going to be sold on a craft market in October.

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July 30, 2014

Starfish and Bleach

I wanted to make something special today, and I decided that I would need to make my own fabric for that too - so I grabbed my bleach spray and started to experiment with it on fabric. Apart from the fumes, it was all good fun - and I was happy with the outcome. 

I wanted to create a sea feel, a wavy feel and a little droplet feeling to it. The picture itself explains why... as a child I always enjoyed searching the beach for starfish, and treasured them at home - such beautiful creatures. I didn't really know by then, that they were dead, but it probably would have killed the magic for me... 

And when I found this quote the other day, I had to stitch this picture straight away. Couldn't wait for the kids to go to bed and get started. Took 2 hours to make (this includes the fabric design)... so not that bad really! I am getting fast at this now too - a piece a day, I am finding it so hard to keep up with blogging, facebooking, instagramming and what not... this social media is killing me at times :D

I am going to the beach on Saturday - 2 weeks in Italy... hope to catch up then with my blogging!!

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July 21, 2014

Make Waves

Still on the rainy subject, but something with a lot more force and fierceness than a little drizzle - WAVES! I am off to Italy for 2 weeks in a little while, and I can't wait to stick my toes in the sea and smell the fresh salty air and watch the waves break -  but obviously my holiday aren't as romantic as this sounds. I will most probably have my toes full of ice cream, find the sand in the kid's diapers and watch something else break, but probably not many waves :D Holiday with kids, yay :D

We can't wait to go again this year - and so I wanted to create something to reflect my 'lookingforwardtoholidaysmode' - and this is the result:

I really like the Japanese feel of the waves - a design I found online. They are so pretty and dynamic and I combined 3 colors: turquoise, dark blue and very light blue for shading and to give it texture. I drew some of the waves onto the white fabric with a textile marker first - and I like how that worked.

The lettering I also covered in waves a little, cause I found it so empty up on top :D I was looking for the right quote to go with this picture, and I stumbled upon these 2 simple words: MAKE WAVES! Oh yeah - make waves, stand out, ruffle some feathers,... freedom! Very inspiring!

Going to think about packing now soon! Something I don't enjoy - probably as much as unpacking when arriving back home!!

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July 16, 2014

Find peace in the rain

I went for a jog the other evening - and as I stepped out of my house it began to rain. Just a little drizzle and it tickled my nose. When i looked up, I saw a double rainbow - it was sooo beautiful!
If it wasn't for the mosquitoes, I would have spent hours just watching the beautiful colors in the sky... this experience inspired me to create this hoop - it was done that night, cause once I get an idea in my head, it needs to be transformed asap! What a nuisance, but otherwise I won't be able to sleep...

I call this 'Find Peace In The Rain'...

Have a lovely evening, I am off to bed now... I tried to fix my Old Lady 'Singer' tonight, but she won't do what I would like her to do -  I think we need to make friends first... Got her for my birthday, and I am dying to try out her charm and create free motion embroidery!

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