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!!!!