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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Felt ball pincushion

Whether I am teaching ...................


.............or working on my own  embroidery or crazy, I always stitch in a hoop..............


..............in fact, it is a hoop on a stand BUT it has a universal joint - so that means I can turn it in any directions - perfect for crazy quilting ( because, as you all know, we need to get to the back of crazy to end off our embroidery, beading etc.)


I am not a purist when it comes to needles - I use two types of needles - milliners/straw and chenille needles. To keep them on hand I made a pincushion from little felt balls. they are perfect, well I think so, anyway. Firstly, they are wool, so the needles will not rust. They are tightly felted so the needles are secure and do not fall out in transit. Plus, they are pretty.


All you need are some felted wool balls.


Threads..........


Small beads and sequins.


Beading threads, small brooch backs and felt leaf shapes.


I start with a few stab stitches or lazy daisies. Once that is done I add some bling! followed by the leaves and the brooch backs.


Last year a made a whole lot of them for my students as a Christmas gift.


I added one to my beading thread station...........


And created this little pincushion for my upcoming book.

 
Jenny
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Monday, November 23, 2015

crazy quilting by Joy - Rothwell workshops

Joy's work is delicate and fine, just like Joy herself!!


Her colour palette is gorgeous too.


She loves roses and antique colours. Feather stitch, silk ribbon embroidery and herringbone.


Gorgeous vintage button cluster.


Bullion roses, feather stitch and chevron ......... so good.


..........pistil stitch, silk roses and feather stitch........


Isn't the herringbone seam treatment amazing - all the stitches so even....


I love this block - chain stitch with beads, lots of feather and ribbon herringbone. So lovely, Joy.


Beaded feather, more pretty buttons and bullion roses.

 
For some reason the lighting at Rothwell did not allow for clear photos.
Anita, if you are reading this post, please could you send some photos of your work and your Mom's? Mine were awful!!!
 
Thank you, Joy for allowing me to share your very beautiful work.
Jenny
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thursday at the Angel

Linda's stuff...................


I love people's stuff and how they store them.........


Michelle has completed her fist crazy quilting project - the black and orange quilt (I cannot wait to see it with the feather stitch!)  She is slightly hooked .............................


Love her colours..................


There is a wedding coming soon - Michelle made the little purse (with frame) from my project in the "Inspirations" magazine for the bride ( her daughter). The little bag is for he bride's daughter.


Christine has been coming to my classes for a number of years now. I have posted this before - but she bought it in to show some of the newbies...... and it 's worth seeing again.


Isn't it soooo good?


I love the clear simple lines ..................


BUT still so interesting - so much to see.


Martina - a newbie has completed her little quilt - the colours!!!!!!! LOVE


I was a bit reluctant to share this before it is completed....................

 
But I could not help myself!!
See you soon.
Jenny
XXX

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A fresh take.................

A few months ago, this lovely lady was visiting the area and popped into the Patchwork Angel. I, unfortunately, do not remember her name. She had recently bought my book and was delighted to see the students working on their crazy in my class.
She asked if she could show us hers.


A fresh take on the hexagons from my book.


She had drawn motifs onto the fabrics and then coloured them in.


Her embroidery was delightful.


And so were her drawings - if I am not mistaken, this is a drawing of herself.

 
Isn't it quite wonderful?
Jenny
xxxx
 
PS. I only wish I could remember her name and in my excitement I, once again, took terrible photos.
 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sewing stuff

Like a lot of us out there I love antique and op shops. I found this little vintage pipe stand in an antique shop in South Africa a few years ago. I thought it would make a scissor keeper. Its works like a charm.


I saw this shaving cup a few weeks back .............


Its a very feminine little shaving cup isn't it?


I made a pincushion in the usual way - felted wool, soft muslin and walnut shells.


Gathered it all up....................


Asked my hubbie to glue it in place and ........voila - a handy little sewing caddy............


I know some of you must think I need to get a life - but I think its pefect....................

Jenny
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Kntiing and crazy quilting at Maleny Magic

Heather knitted these gorgeous little garments ...............


I just love the socks...............


Heather's work is all about colour................


........once again, my photography skills have let me down, but you can still see all Heather's lovely seam treatments.....


Isn't this so vibrant and interesting??


Delicate spider web, vintage buttons and silk ribbon embroidery - not to mention the "cheat" daisies!!


Great chevron and bugle feather stitch .........


Palestrina stitch caterpillar on his way to eat some silk ribbon flowers.......... 


Close up - such lovely work Heather.


Cretan, twisted chain beads and buttons - the balance of this block is wonderful.......


Close up of the beaded roses...............so good


and a little humming bird doing what hummingbirds do.

 
Thanks so much for allowing me to share your work Heather.
See you in two weeks.
Jenny
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