Coral Reef Hat Needle Felt and Embroidery

Good evening. This is my first try at making a hat and I had an adventure.

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I created the fabric using needle felting with green and blue wool fibres onto a loose woven fabric base (leftover curtain interlining for a bit of body). I made up the hat pattern as I went and reinforced the outer rim section using steel memory wire (encased in the fabric rim and covered with cord braid to neaten).

 

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Silk fibres and fabric scraps were needle felted onto the background for added texture.

 

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Some free machine embroidery and quilting was also worked into the background.

 

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3D pearlescent fabric paint added more texture. I made a little rock pool in the top.

 

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Then I went mad with the embellishing. The machine embroidered elements were created as embroidery slips onto old cotton bed sheets. These were then cut out and stitched in place. Extra padding was added to some of the embroidered elements (snipping through from the back and stuffing with a little wadding) to give a more 3D look.

 

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Sorry – dreadful pic!  The hat inner was made with blue taffeta and stitched to an outer layer of recycled curtain interlining, a strip of stiffer interfacing used for the inner brim (fitted to head). Free machine and decorative machine embroidery were added around the rim to give it structure. A few sequins were also added for bling. The outer decorated hat was then slotted on top, everything held together around the inner and outer rim sections.

 

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I also embellished with real shells and sea urchins too.

 

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I also created some coral made by wrapping recycled plastic beads with organza, further embellished with little pink seed beaded branches.

 

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Strips of the blue organza were gathered and twirled to give the spongy coral effect. The edges were frayed to enhance.

 

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The starfish was created with shell sticks, texture added using tiny glass microbeads.

 

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I hope that you have enjoyed looking through my coral reef creation. I certainly had a lot of fun creating this one and got totally lost in my own little fantasy sea world xxx.

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Ganutell Geranium

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Good evening. I have been learning the technique of Ganutell. Here I used the Geranium Kit from Gina B Silkworks – it contains everything you need to complete 3 pretty flowers (wire, Perl spiral wire, florist tape and threads). This kit is a great starter for beginners. The thread included is a thicker Perle 5, much easier to handle for the less experienced. For my flowers I changed to a finer Perle 8 thread in red and yellow, with yellow stranded cotton for the stamens, making up according to the kit instructions.

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The little vase in this picture was created using my own fabric plus the Vase Heritage Pincushion Kit – also from Gina B Silkworks. The kit contains precision cut cards and full instructions. I fussy cut my fabric to place the motifs around the vase.

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Tools required:

Jewellery pliers or tweezers, wire cutters (scissors can be used instead but don’t use your best ones!), clear drying PVA glue and a ruler.

Optional extras:

These are not essential but really useful if you intend to make a few projects. A small piece of florist foam (for holding elements while glue dries), Petal and Leaf Jig (to help shape wires easily and consistently).

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Note: The butterflies come from the Butterfly Kit (blogged earlier this eve).

 

I am planning a large Ganutell floral display – so more Ganutell to share with you all soon xxx.

Ganutell Butterflies

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Good evening. I have been learning the technique of Ganutell and started with a Butterfly Kit from Gina B Silkworks – it contains everything you need to complete 3 pretty butterflies (printed cards, wire, spiral wire, beads and metallic thread). The kit also comes with brooch backs – to make these into lovely brooches. I have used the Blues colourway but it also available in Oranges.

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I am planning to create lots of Ganutell flowers for a bigger project and thought that these would definitely enhance a floral display nicely. They would also enhance any dried or artificial floral display. I have left wires untrimmed to attach to my project later.

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Tools required:

Jewellery pliers or tweezers, wire cutters (scissors can be used instead but don’t use your best ones!), clear drying PVA glue and a ruler.

Optional extras:

These are not essential but really useful if you intend to make a few projects. A small piece of florist foam (for holding elements while glue dries), Petal and Leaf Jig (to help shape wires easily and consistently) and Butterfly Wing Pattern Pack (used with the jig – also has useful patterns for other wing shapes and suggested combinations for several different butterflies and dragonflies).

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The little vase in this picture was created using my own fabric plus the Vase Heritage Pincushion Kit – also from Gina B Silkworks. The kit contains precision cut cards and full instructions. I fussy cut my fabric to place the motifs around the vase.

More Ganutell to share with you all soon xxx.

Quick and easy cards using Chocolate Baroque stamps

Good morning. Here are a couple of quick and easy makes using the Christmas stamps recently featured on Hochanda TV with Chocolate Baroque. With the volume of cards needed at Christmas we all need a range of quick and easy make ideas. There are more ideas from my Teamies on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog today if you would like to see more.

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My first sample is with the gorgeous new Bearing Gifts stamp. I used one of the 6 X 6inch background papers from Crafty Individuals (Travels in Italy) to create a quick background. The sentiment from the Lets Get Festive set was stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with detail white powder. The paper was then roughened with the edge of my scissors and curled before gluing to the card front.

The kings were stamped onto white card with Versafine (Onyx Black). Colouring was done really quickly using watercolour pens. Colour was applied directly into the darker areas and brushed out with water or clear sparkle pen to give the shading. The image was then cut out and layered onto the card front with foam pads for added depth.

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For my second quick make I chose one of my inky background papers (textured cartridge) created with ink sprays and Brusho powders.

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Mon) is ‘Sprinkle and Splatter’ – so I have entered this one.

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The scene from the Winter Edges set was stamped across the centre with Versafine Ink (Onyx Black). It was stamped again without re-inking just above and to the left slightly (to create distance). The stamp was turned upside down and stamped along the base. Trees were then stamped randomly by inking only parts of the stamp. The reflection was created by stamping onto acetate and pressing this down onto the card to transfer the ink.

The scene was edged with black alcohol marker to frame, mounted onto white and red card before gluing to the card front (15 X 13cm card blank).

More Thread Wrapped Button Experiments

Good evening. I have been working on some thread wrapped buttons following the new online Basic Button Making Course from Gina B Silkworks.

I have just completed the first modules showing us how to make the historic Death’s Head Button and the Peace Wrap button. The video instructions from Gina are really easy to follow. There is a free introductory course covering the Death’s Head Button if you would like to give Gina’s button course a try out.

I used a variety of threads and worked the wraps over MDF button moulds.

I am going to put all my buttons into a little sample journal alongside details of the threads used and number of wraps needed to fill the buttons etc. This will then give me a good reference when creating and designing future buttons, e.g. choosing threads and calculating wraps for designing new colour combinations and patterns, designing weave or embroidery patterns to embellish the basic Deaths Head.

Extra tools that I found invaluable were the new Circle Gauge Set (for marking out accurate divisions on the mould) and the Button Makers Third Hand and Tool Tin (great for holding buttons while threading the needle to finish).

 

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Here are some Square Wrapped buttons. The plain green buttons were using 25mm moulds and Perle 8 cotton. The others were worked on 20mm moulds, the green and blue using Perle 8 cotton, the pink and silver using Perle 12 and metallic knitting yarn (Anchor Artiste).

 

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Next I had a play with the square wrap over square shaped moulds (20 and 15mm). The online course covers wrapping on round moulds. I referred to Gina’s Buttons: A Passementerie Workshop Manual for additional info on how to work these.

I used Perle 5 cotton for the larger buttons in mid and light blues. When changing colour I added a row of weaving over and under wrapped threads to create a frame effect. The smaller buttons were worked in Perle 12 cotton. Again I experimented a bit and when changing to the blue wraps I wove them under the pink threads in each round. Nice effect.

I next worked a few more buttons from Gina’s Passementerie Workshop Manual.

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These are my first try at the Leek Square worked on 20mm domed buttons using Perle 8 cotton. Love these.

 

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Next I tried out the Oval Chequerboard from Gina’s Workshop Manual. I really struggle with the oval shapes but I was fairly pleased with these. The buttons on the left are Death’s Head for comparison.

 

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Then I had a try at the Decorative Square from Gina’s Workshop Manual. Loving these and they are really easy to work too. The first set were using Soutache Braid and 25mm round moulds. The two sets in the middle were worked with Perle 5. Love the effect when using 2 colours. The small square buttons were worked in Rayon thread (15mm square mould).

 

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Next I tried a few Over Wrapping variations from Gina’s Workshop Manual. Here I worked a Crossed Net using metallic knitting yarn over a Deaths Head worked in Rayon thread. Really shimmery.

 

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These are wrapped with an Open Square pattern and Soutache Braid over fabric covered buttons.

 

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I also tried the Union Jack Button in a different colourway using Perle 8 cotton (also from Gina’s Workshop Manual) and accidentally created my favourite button yet. The buttons on the right are part worked Union Jack and I love them.

 

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I decided to work a larger button (original was 25mm) using a 40mm MDF Circle Mould. I also painted (metallic Starlights paint) and part wrapped a 60mm MDF stack ring (from Gina’s stacker button mould sets). Think that I will be making a pendant from this one.

 

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This is how it stacks up. Woohooo.

Well I have really enjoyed making these. Off to do the next module of Gina’s online course soon – so more thread wrapped button variations to come – think that I am addicted – tee hee xxx.

More Death’s Head Buttons for my Reference Journal

Good evening. I have been working on some thread wrapped buttons following the new online Basic Button Making Course from Gina B Silkworks. There is also a free introductory course covering the Death’s Head Button if you would like to give it a try.

I have just completed the first modules showing us how to make the historic Death’s Head Button. The video instructions from Gina are really easy to follow. I used a variety of threads and worked the wraps mainly over MDF button moulds.

I am going to put all my buttons into a little sample journal alongside details of the threads used and number of wraps needed to fill the buttons etc. This will then give me a good reference when creating and designing future buttons, e.g. choosing threads and calculating wraps for designing new colour combinations and patterns, designing weave or embroidery patterns to embellish the basic Deaths Head.

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Here are more experiments for my reference journal, using Soutache Braid and fine slinky Rayon (single strand from 5 stranded skein). I added a little felt pad under the rayon thread which gave them a better finish than working straight onto the MDF, with a nice slightly bevelled edge. Both were wrapped over 25mm Moulds.

 

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These were wrapped with Anchor Tapisserie Wool.

 

Extra tools that I found invaluable were the new Circle Gauge Set (for marking out accurate divisions on the mould) and the Button Makers Third Hand and Tool Tin (great for holding buttons while threading the needle to finish).

Well I am really hooked on making these. More thread wrapped buttons coming soon x.

Christmas Card and Treat Bag

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of Christmas projects – a simple card in non-traditional colours using the Pears and Baubles stamp set, and a pretty fabric pouch stamped and coloured using the Hark the Christmas Rose stamp (Chocolate Baroque).

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A 6 X 6 inch white card blank was stamped with the lovely background stamp from the Pears and Baubles stamp set using pale pink dye based ink (Memories Baby Pink).

The sentiments were stamped with pink and Silver (Encore Ink) from the Let’s Get Festive stamp set.

An octagonal piece of pink card was embossed with a textured folder from my stash. A little Distress Ink (Tattered Rose) was applied across the surface with a sponge to enhance the texture. Versamark Ink was applied around the edges and embossed with white powder. This was glued to the card with foam pads for added depth.

The bauble was stamped with Silver Encore Ink onto plain white card and cut out. The bauble was sprayed with glittery varnish for added sparkle (Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle) and Glossy Accents applied to the central star. The bauble was glued to the card with foam pads.

Finished with sequins, an organza bow, silver glitter glue (Dovecraft Silver) and silver PVA pearls (Tonic Nuvo – Silver Lining) – just couldn’t resist a bit more bling.

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A scrap of cotton was trimmed into a rectangle approx. 13 X 34cm. This gave enough room for seam allowances and a fold over top to thread with a ribbon drawstring. Before sewing together the Hark the Christmas Rose was stamped onto one end using Nuvo Black Shadow Ink. The ink was left overnight to dry and ironed to fix (essential if you want to colour with water based media).

Rather than water based media I decided to colour the image with permanent alcohol markers (green, yellow, pink and blue). Colour was encouraged to bleed and give a soft blended effect using a clear alcohol blender pen.

When dry a little clear acrylic sparkly glaze was applied to the flowers (Silks Acrylic – Ice), and gold glitter glue was applied to the stamens (Pinflair Glitter Wand). Yes – just had to be more bling. The fabric was again left overnight before ironing with a hot iron to set everything.

A small channel for ribbon threading was stitched on each end, then the fabric folded in half and the side seams stitched (omitting the channel). Two pieces of ribbon were thread through the channels to create a simple pull drawstring.

I hope that you have enjoyed my Christmas makes xxx.

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