Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April fairy.

I finished this little fairy tonight.  I decided that as it seems to be a bumper crop of dandelions this year, I would base her outfit on that flower.  Her skirt was made by wrapping 3 different shades of Maderia thread round a hairpin crochet tool and machining down the center several times. Her top is painted silk viscose.
Johnny Depp is completely finished, but need to get a decent photo of him still.
On Sunday, Diane and I went to Birds In The Barn to do a 3 part dolls course with Ray Slater. Lots of homework to do in preparation for day 2 in May. We are making a Jester doll this year.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Robbie Rabbit.

I signed up for the Doll Street Dreamers newsletter a few weeks ago and as a 'thank you,' I received a free pattern- Robbie Rabbit by Jill Mass.
Having a Sunday, home alone, I decided to make him.  I have made him from a wool mix felt that I buy at Craft Arena, rather than velvet and enlarged the pattern too. Instead of embroidered eyes, I used child safety eyes and needle-felted a red heart on his chest rather than a button.  I have given him whiskers but they don't show up I am afraid. I would now like to make him in grey when I have a spare afternoon.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


On Friday, I had a day out to Ramster with my friend to see the textile exhibition being held there.  Lots of work to admire over 200 pieces, and I was surprised how many names I recognized.
After the exhibition, a walk around the gardens, lovely to see so much Spring colour.

So many Primroses.
Ramster has a large collection of Camellias, these are my favourite ones.
I don't know the variety of this daffodil, never seen any like this before.

These ones reminded me of raspberry ripple.
Love reflections on water.
I have a white version of this in my garden, and shall be looking to find one in this acid yellow to join it. The drive home  was horrendous.  A Friday afternoon, broken down cars and accidents made for a long slow journey back to Essex. 

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.