Sunday, 19 March 2017

March fairy and more.

Here she is, as mentioned in my last post, Daffodil Fairy :-
She is made with 30%wool and 70% rayon which I get from Craft Arena, the nicest wool mix felt I have found.  Her wings are made from tissue paper, painted and glittered.

For the last 18 months, I have been working on and off on Captain Sparrow (Johnny Depp's character,) and with another doll workshop with Ray Slater fast approaching, it was time to finish him.  On Wednesday night, late, I thought I had, and showing the 'finished' doll to my husband, he said, 'shouldn't he have a cutlass?' and  after a bit of research, yes, he should!!!!!!
 The basic doll pattern is one of Ray Slater's, but for his costume, I found a really good website for men who want to dress like Johnny Depp's character.  It tells you how to make the wig, where the holes should appear on his garments and more.  It has been a wonderful mine of information for me. Hence the picture above,  then having the hair removed as not correct, and a trip to London to get the dreadlocks.
 I have enjoyed scouring the shops trying to find the various bits that I could adapt to make his rings, as near to the real thing as possible.

So this is where it stopped for quite a long while - last summer to be exact, before being put aside again.

There is a guide on the website I found that tells you exactly what beads and charms to put in his hair, but depends on which film as to what beads and talismans he has.  This required me to make a ships sail needle out of paper clay, and painted with Powertex to make it strong.
So here he is now, just waiting for the final items to be made.  My husband made me the cutlass from white plastic which you can see and the scabbard from card.
 I have had to apply several coats of paints in various colour's before attacking them with sandpaper to make them distressed as per the film.
Now all I have left to do  is make the baldric sword belt and frog!  Hope to be back later on in the week with my finished doll.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

I'm back!!!!

Been missing from Blogland for quite some time.
When my textile group, Fen Edge closed down, I lost the reason to create.  I have set myself a challenge to make a little flower fairy doll for each month of the year. It is now March and I have made my 3 dolls so far.
This is the doll that gave me the idea for my challenge.  I made her for my mother for Christmas as a memento of my brothers wedding.  ( His wife had a fairy for a bridesmaid)


So for January, may I introduce................

 Snowdrop Fairy.

For February, it just had to be......................
 Photos of my fairy for March will be posted soon.  She is finished, and posed for photos earlier this evening.  

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Regional Day- Birds with Attitude.

 Between writing school reports and all the other jobs that have to be done in the run up to the end of a school year, I have been stitching my entry fro the Embroiderers' Guild Regional Day competition, 'Birds with Attitude'.  When I heard the title for the competition after last years RD, I knew I wanted to make a doll and not a bird.
 Magie Relph gave a very amusing talk on African clothing using two members to model the various outfits.  Then it was lunch and time to view the exhibitions.
 These birds were inspired by an article in Stitch magazine.
 I thought these tags were lovely.
 More birds for the competition.

Then shopping!! First of all with Lorna
 Then Denise (Craft Arena, lovely new big shop) and of course AVG. 
We then had the Maderia lecture  from Dr Susan Kay-Williams on dyes.  Unfortunately, I missed most of this, as one of our Branch members was taken ill and ended up being rushed to hospital.  What I saw and heard was very interesting though.
Competition results were then announced in first place, number 34:-
 In second place number 11:-
And in third place, MINE!!!! :_

After tea and cake, which tasted just as good as it looked it was off to Queens hospital to find out how our friend was, latest news is she is being kept in over night and should be out tomorrow.

I won two boxes of threads,  lovely eye candy!
Tomorrow we are off to an airshow in Lincoln, lets hope the sun keeps shinning!

Monday, 24 June 2013


 I hadn't realised how long it was since I last blogged.  I have had rather alot on my mind with changes to my job role.  Next week at school we have activities week, and we are having a 'Wolf Wedding'  so made this little 'wedding cake' from cotton reels, plastic boxes and fabric scraps and it is calorie free! 
 Janet Edmunds came to our Guild on Monday.  She bought along slides as she talked about where she found inspiration for her work as well as her vessels and  wonderful sketchbooks.

Saturday was Young Embroiderers's and the girls were making something to enter into the Regional Day competition.  Those who lacked inspiration made crows, here is my Blue Peter one I made Friday night.  May I introduce to you....... 'Cheryl Crow'   I have already made Russel Crow, a few years ago, and he lives in Lincolnshire with one of my friends.
Some of the girls managed to finish their birds.
I am still working albeit very slowly on my final piece for the Wisbech exhibition, now school reports are out of the way, I need now to get a move on.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Bank holiday weekend.

My weekend started with F.E.T.  It was lovely to see everyone and catch up.  Pauline got us making organic shapes with wire and stitching them by hand or machine, could be a handy technique for using in my 3d work.   While I was in Cambridge, hubby cut the lawns, and it was such a lovely evening, I would have liked to sit and admire the view with a cold glass of something. 
(Just had to take yet another photo of my tree paeony, the petals will be falling any day now.)
So, instead of sitting in the garden, we drove down to Buckingham to spend what was left of the Bank holiday with Mum.
I have been telling Mum about my Sugar Lump Fairy that I made, and she wanted to see her.S.L.F will now be staying with Mum for a long holiday.
 The weather was so good (for a change), that I was able explore the garden taking lots of photos.  I also heard and saw lots of bees especially on the apple blossom.  

Helping Mum with some jobs in the garden, meant that I didn't that much sewing done. These are the panels to go on the side of the sundial.  I need to finish this in time for our next F.E.T exhibition which will be in Wisbech in July.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May meeting.

Nodeen was our speaker last night, and she bought a lot of work for us to admire.  She reminded me of Nickie and myself, as she was talking about her textile journey and how she got so excited by all the new techniques she learnt while doing C&G.   We were exactly the same.
 Three tables full of work plus a 'gallery' of framed pictures.

 Nodeen loves bluebell woods and this piece is inspired by a wood near to where she lives.
 Lovely felt flowers.
Last meeting Nickie and I were admiring 2 Japanese bags made by two of our members.  Last night they bought some more for us to look at, so we put out a table for everyone to admire and covet their bags.  Two books they used, were written in Japanese!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sundial continued.

Here is a better photo of my sundial than the one I posted last night.  This evening, I started making the panels to go on the sides of  the plinth.  I am using the same stencil as the one I used for my peacock shrine, so my work will link together.  It will take a couple of evenings to complete the panel, as it is only a small stencil and I have wait for the molding paste to dry between each application until I have the correct length.
As the weather was quite good I have been out in the garden, weeding and sewing seeds.  I just had to take another photo of my tree paeony, very Georgia  O Keefe.
 We have had a Venus Fly Trap plant in our pond for at least three years and this is the first year it has had a bloom on it, I didn't know they flowered.

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Before going to help at Young Embroiderers' this morning, I popped into my playroom to give my sundial a second coat of paint. 
The girls worked hard and their sewing ability has really developed, so much so, that they didn't need much help from me.
This evening I applied a third coat of paint and then sprayed it with aging solution, and when it had dried, it had a well weathered look.  I am not sure this photo shows off the green patina very well.  I have to decide now how to embellish the sides of the plinth, I shall have to sleep on it.  I have come up with a name for my white peacock, it is Amalesh.  It is Indian and means 'the pure one', as he is pure white, it seems appropriate.
I am still crocheting my granny squares even though the challenge is over, I managed to complete another 21 squares this week.