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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Embellished and Scrumbled Scarf

While looking for the blazer embellishment pictures, I found this scarf I had done as a gift -- you may like to try make them too - the main scarf was needle felted according to the instructions in "Needle Felting Magic" with some silk velvet embedded and then scrumbles added to each end. For those who don't know what scrumbles are -- you are missing out! They are free-form knitted and crochet modular pieces put together -- great fun to add more embellishment!

I'm just sorry that I didn't take better pictures as it was in lovely shades of blueberry and violet (I should have taken the pictures outdoors - natures light is alway better in capturing all the subtleties of color).

Blazer Embellishment in Progress

Here are a couple of pictures of the blazer embellishment taken while dissolving the water soluble fabric. They show the colors a little more clearly!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Babylock Project

Well, I just found out by accident while doing research for my book that the Embellished Jean Jacket that I designed for Baby Lock is finally listed on the Babylock site! Go check it out and download the free instructions - just in time for making gifts! It's fun, fast and easy and makes quite a statement! You can take the same idea and use it to decorate sweaters, sweatshirts or just about anything else! Have Fun!!!

I used velvet and other materials to needle felt a collar, lapels and pocket flaps. There are several other projects I designed for them as well so look out for these in the future on the Baby Lock website!

Friday, October 24, 2008

We Want Glitz!!!

"We Want Glitz" -- a line from the upcoming book that's coming sooo close to being finished - even just a tiny bit of added glimmer seems to enhance just about anything!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

As Promised !

"It's a Boy!" A wee "dottee" doll made for a mother-to-be!
I did finally manage to get a better picture of the wrap - this will give you a better idea of what's to come!
I LOVE doing flowers. This is a small section of a large piece - has a watercolor look, don't you think?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Last Weekend's Work

This is just a glimpse of last weekend's work -- the usual tiresome story -- can't really show more yet, just a tease of what's to come in my book! Sorry the picture isn't great but the combination of silk gauze and wool is really difficult to photograph. When I captured the rose, the gauze didn't look great and in this one, the rose (at the center back) is washed out I know - if I manage to get a better picture, I'll post it but in the meantime, this is the best I have. I'm really pleased with the results. I don't mind slaving away if I'm pleased with the end result and it is very satisfying! The really difficult part is to translate all the steps so everyone else can follow it.

Monday, October 06, 2008

So Much Information . . . .

There is just so much going on now - as I head down to my book deadline - I'm bursting at the seams with all the things I've learned refining the projects for my book - one good lesson worth learning for all of us when we are inspired by a beautiful project -- more than likely it has been a process for the designer as nothing seems to work out perfectly the first time - the ideas may be in your head - but trying to achieve what you'd like takes a lot of practice of trial and error before success - BUT when success is achieved after striving so hard, it is such a good and satisfying feeling.

This inspirational rose is only one in a box of cards for breast cancer awareness and the artist has done a spectacular job; trying to achieve the same effect in a flat piece of felt is another matter but one I felt was worth a try.
Here is the rose fiber mix.

Here is a "bunch" of roses ready for my project and finishing touches! Wish I could show you more -- I'm very excited this morning as my Rose Gauze wrap turned out spectacular after working very hard for two whole days! Even though you'll have to wait a while, you'll get to try these techniques too once my book is finalized.