Sunday, June 27, 2010

Needle felting

A black bird in our garden.
Did a workshop needle felting and... ouch watch that needle! For those living in the Netherlands have a look at . Others might take a look on You Tube, there are lots of videos showing how to do this.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Grid lock, working on your page with a grid

The new challenge of Michelle Ward's Street Team is using a grid on your page. I decided to look for scraps with the color green. I also cut out some parts of my prints from the challenge Pulling Prints. If you like to check out the grid lock challenge go to Michelle Ward's Street Team.
Above you see the final result, where I added some text.

First I made the grid on the empty pages. The book I made the grid in is my paper bag book, I think I will use it to experiment with grids and use a different color for every spread. A grid is very nice to work with, because you can first lay everything out and see if you like it.

The grid is drawn on the page. Under you see the paper pieces before I pasted them on my page. I added some handcarved stamps

Here the pieces are pasted in the grid, I added a piece of red with a little tatting ornament just for fun.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kumihimo, Japanese braiding technique

Kumihimo is a 1000 year old technique from Japan to make cords. It is easy and the result is very beautiful especially when you use satin cord. I made the cords for these two little bags this way. In the Netherlands there is a Kumihimo package for sale at Pipoos incl. a little booklet, some cords and paper discs with instructions to follow. I think children will like it also.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Making a little bag out of an old jacket

I made this bag out of an old jacket. And I have enough material left to make another one. I decided to make use of one of the pockets. On it I sewed a fabric transfer of one of my collages. The little pieces of tatting I made to practice that technique, I sewed on top. The little ornament is a piece of butterfly wing behind glass. This is my jacket, brown and a little old, I wondered what to do with it. The fabric is rather sturdy, so very useful for a little bag.
I took two pieces out of the fabric (jacket ruined for ever). One piece with a pocket.

I transferred a collage on white coton and layed out some pieces on the front of my bag to see how it best fitted.

With my sewing machine I fastened the transfers and some ribbons on my bag.

The tatting I sewed on by hand. Finally I will make a cord for the bag and I have a good place to put my keys while at work.

It is the first time I am making photo's while working on something. I got the idea from Daisy Yellow Blog. It is a nice way to document the process, although I had really to remind myself a few times to get my camera.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage doodling

I have this 19th century water jug and wash basin with beautiful drawings or should I say doodles? I had a good look and decided to copy some of them in my moleskine sketchbook. They are so delicate and beautiful. I first made a pencil sketch and traced these with a micron fineliner. Then added some coloured pencil. Doodling is of all times.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A little watercolor

I just felt like making a little watercolor in my moleskine sketchbook. It is a golden crested wren. watercolors, moleskine sketchbook


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