Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Brand new Cricut Maker

I ordered my new Cricut online and delivery was for today.  I tracked the progress of the UPS delivery van as it neared my home, getting really excited, only for it to bypass me!
It eventually arrived right at dinner prep time   ...   Murphy you old bugger ;)

Anyway, it is out of the box, installed on my desk, with blades calibrated.

I tried out a quick (beginner) project before I hit the hay - it's back to bootcamp in the morning!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Paper and fabric

I didn't get a shot of it framed, which I should have.
The background was done on a gathering machine used for smocking

New Straight Stitch only machine

I bought my Christmas pressie from Eugene myself this year
 It is a semi industrial, straight stitch only Brother machine that comes with a felting attachment.

 I have been thoroughly enjoying using this machine.  It is strong enough to go through MANY layers without a hitch, as well as being completely unfussy about thread - it takes 'fairy wing' thread without batting an eye.  'Fairy wing' thread is this horrid (to work with) plastic, lumpy thread that snaps, unravels and generally misbehaves, but it gives the lovely iridescent effect seen on dragonfly wings or soap bubbles.  Most machines HATE this thread and you do too once you've rethreaded for the 50th time!  Not so with my new baby, she sews with it as though it's Aurifil.

I felted and then did FME over the felting to create this Christmas gift...

It is yet to be framed & actually gifted - a bit behind on delivering Xmas gifts ;)

Watercolour Classes with Marilee

Since moving to the USA exactly a year ago, I have been taking watercolour classes at Irvine Fine Arts Center with Marilee Nielsen.  She is a fantastic teacher, and has really got me so much more confident in this medium.

Here are some of the pieces we either did in class, or I tried at home as a result of the class...

And then with a bit of photo tomfoolery...

And the piece I am most proud of, enough to have it framed...

Had the framing done through Aaron Brothers at Michaels, and am thrilled with the job they did.  Also discovered in the process that framing in the US is more expensive than in the UK!!!!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sewing for Summer

I love this pattern, and how the top is put together and I love wearing it.
I have made 3 of these, all in linen, this mustard, a more chartreuse yellow/ green and a navy blue.  I will still make a white one as white always looks so great with dark denim

These dresses are all from the same pattern 
They wear so well!  My go to summer dress

I would like to try the Lois dress pattern from the same company, just worried it gapes a bit:

And I fancy the Belle for cooler days:
Their patterns are really lovely, with great instructions

I used my self made linen tank top pattern for this top, but embellished it with reverse applique circles and hand stitching.  You can never have too many white linen tops for summer!!

I love this dress pattern.  It fits so beautifully, and I always feel good wearing it.
It is not a PDF pattern (for a change) it is Simplicity Project Runway K1418 View B

When we moved to California I started bootcamp and therefore needed clothing for this.  You get SUPER hot in the class, so I was even willing to bare my legs in lycra shorts!! I drafted this pattern myself from a leggings pattern I had made, and I made the tank top pattern from an existing top I had that was comfy and had the nice wide t-bar back

Top from same pattern, but with higher neckline, leggings from own pattern

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Image transfer to fabric

I've started a few classes and courses recently, and so I've got back to serious playing with textiles and textile mediums.  Great fun!  I have also just published my 4th online textile related class -  Paint on Fabric: Neocolor II & Inktense - on SkillShare to follow up from my Free Motion Class.  Good to keep busy, especially doing things you love!

Today I wanted to chat about my experience with mediums for transferring prints to fabric and the results I have achieved.

So far I have tried two products

Dylon Image Maker  (the link I added was the only place I could find that stocked the tub as the tube runs out quite quickly)
I used images printed out on HP home printer quite successfully, got the paper off easily enough with both products, and then I covered the image (once dry) with a variety of products to seal and protect them, and bring out the colours again.

The Dylon Image Transfer over the image gave it a gloss finish, slightly tacky feeling handle (think leather sofa in summer), actually feels quite a bit like faux leather to touch.  Very crisp and clear, colours very bright

I did accidentally iron off a few spots (oops) - NOTE TO SELF:  don't iron over image, it melts!
Rather iron on the reverse 
The Pebeo matt gel gives a water resistant cover, and it will be washable, but is more matt.  Colours are not as vivid as previous
Fabric slightly stiff with slight waxy feel
Colours more muted

The following image was from a different source:

Most natural feel after application of medium bought from Hilary Beattie shop
Fabric is stiff due to Dylon product, but matt acrylic wax didn't add any stiffness like the first two did
Will need to redo this, with same image as first two, to determine colour clarity & brightness
I like the handle of this one best - personally - no tacky feel 

Then I used the AV vallejo product, but tried it on scrapbooking pages found at Poundland (win!!!!)

I tried this sheet

It was VERY hard to get the paper off once dried, and part of the image came off with my scrubbing

I sealed it with the same AV product

But, then I tried with the Dylon... MUCH easier!  Paper came off with hardly any trouble, image remained crisp & clear, and I coated it with Dylon again

Page used


Those lines you see are just where the Dylon overcoat is not completely dry - patience not really one of my strengths ;)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Xmas Past

What's behind the Xmas door?

Linen placemats with a Christmas themed image - starting with same letter as person's name, painted on with Inktense -instead of place cards

Using this idea from Pinterest, I made these, with holly from our garden!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Inktense on fabric

A visiting South African friend gave me a beautiful wire, beaded hoopoe as a gift, which I popped in the downstairs bathroom.  Then I went about switching art around in the house, and now the bathroom is distinctly bird flavoured ;)

I have been meaning to put up a roman blind in there, and due to the avian theme, I decided on a bird blind.

I chose a lilac breasted roller, a gorgeous bird you always see in game parks, and I always think of as a quintessentially african bush bird.  Foregoing the machine this time, I got out my Inktense.

I drew the bird onto the heavy weight calico using my usual Frixion / Signo pens, it wouldn't matter if they left a shadow as I would be painting over them.  I had to do a check first to be sure that the textile medium I use to set the Inktense on fabric would not also set the removable marker.

I drew on fabric
Covered the writing completely with Inktense mixed with textile medium
Let it dry
Ironed to remove the underlying writing...

No problem, it can be removed from under Inktense and Textile Medium Mix!

Some shots along the way, with the obligatory kitty onlookers....

with and without flash 

 Next to sew up the blind!

Finished & installed:

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Online Class FME

I've just finished my first SkillShare class - beginner FME
You can find it here