Beads Direct are back on Create & Craft TV today

Good morning. Sarah Millsop and Beads Direct are back on Create & Craft TV today at 4pm (Freeview Channel 23 or watch online). They are bringing some lovely kits but also the jewellery making guides. If you like soutache instructions for 3 of my designs are on CD 14 xxx

AW Baroque Dreams set

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Gina Barrett is on Create & Craft TV with new Flower Combs

Gina is bringing brand new flower making combs to Create & Craft TV Monday 5pm (Freeview Channel 23 – or watch online from their website). Here is a peek of what I have been making with mine x.

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AW Wedding Pillow 13

Creating flowers from ribbons or fabric strips is really easy using the new combs – I will blog more details of my samples soon.

Patchwork Cushion and Bag Block Printing and Quilting Done

A little something that I am working on. Recycled curtain lining dyed and stamped with wooden print blocks (from Colouricious).

Patchwork and quilting done (with recycled curtain interlining), now to stitch into a cushion and a bag and embellish further.

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The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) is ‘anything goes’ so I have entered the cushion front.

Oriental Mixed Media Canvas with Teneriffe Lace and Powertex

I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.

 

AW Oriental lace canvas

The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island) using the newly released looms and instructions from Gina-B Silkworks. I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first (until I read the instructions properly – tee hee), plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. My technique soon improved but I wasn’t sure what to do with these first experiments. They nearly went into the bin! However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 1

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The variegated blue threads that I used inspired me to create something with an Oriental theme. Incorporating my ‘imperfect’ lace elements into a canvas was perfect.

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I was really pleased with the results and my lace pieces ended up being showcased very nicely.

Materials:

  • Teneriffe Lace Complete Starter Kit (comes with Looms 1 and 3)
  • Total Trimmings Project Book – Teneriffe Lace (comes with a Heart Loom 11)
  • Strong thread (for the holding threads on loom) and pearl 8 embroidery thread (plain blue and variegated blue) for the lace work
  • Transparent Powertex
  • Card (approx. 230 gsm – white and blue)
  • 12 X 12 inch stretched canvas
  • Gesso (white), acrylic paint (blue) and Starlight Paint (gold metallic)
  • Alcohol marker and PVA pearls (blue) – to colour edges and add centres to flowers
  • Bamboo barbeque sticks
  • Thread wrapped button embellishment, bead and tassel
  • Dies to cut branches and blossoms (mixed brand and Spellbinders)
  • Mandala stencil
  • Rubber stamp (for background texture)
  • Plastic sheeting to protect table and to dry Powertex treated elements
  • 3D glue gel

How it was done:

  1. The butterfly was created on the outer ring of Loom 3. This was a result of a bit of play and trying out the technique. I didn’t use a specific pattern but added darned areas to get a stylised butterfly shape.
  2. The large circular motif was worked on the outer ring of Loom 1 following the design for the Teacup Pincushion Pattern included in the Total Trimmings Book.
  3. The 2 small circular designs were again worked on Loom 1 (small inner ring) using the Lace Button Designs included in the book.
  4. I treated the lace with the transparent Powertex and laid out to dry overnight on plastic sheeting (Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic). I snipped out the butterfly from my circular lace design. I also cut up some of my rough trial pieces to use as extra texture in the background.
  5. The canvas background was painted with white gesso to prime. Rubber stamps were used with acrylic paints to add a little background texture. I also sponged acrylic paint through a mandala stencil to complement the lace elements. Starlight paint (which contains crushed gilding flake) was used to blend in from around the edges.
  6. The branches and blossoms were die cut from card, shaped with an embossing tool, then painted with transparent Powertex. Likewise the fan was created using card and bamboo barbeque sticks. Again I treated this with Powertex.
  7. Flat elements were glued to the canvas with Transparent Powertex. More dimensional elements were stuck down with 3D glue gel.
  8. I also added a thread wrapped button embellishment and tassel. Gina has some wonderful instructional DVD’s and books which are fabulous if you would like to learn these techniques (Making Buttons DVD , Button Workshop Manual, Making Tassels DVD)

Spinning my lovely fibre stash

I managed to find some time for my spinning wheel – yay!

I bought this lovely fibre from the Knit & Stitch show in October (London) – mix of wool, shiny fibres and gorgeous textured pink flecks.

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Oooh delicious colour changes and texture. After spinning I then plied it using the Navajo method.

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I also got the chance to use my new Niddy Noddy. I did have to check out YouTube videos to see how to wind it – tee hee.

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Gorgeous skein of yarn after washing and setting (approx Aran weight). Now to think what I will make with it. Possibly a small knitting bag?

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Sneaky Peek of Wrapped Buttons coming to Create & Craft TV Saturday

Good afternoon. Gina Barrett (Gina B Silkworks) is back on our screens this weekend with more gorgeous wrapped buttons with added embroidery patterns, and some lovely mini button frames which can be used to display and mount them. Here is a sneak peek at some of my samples. I have used some of the frames to create pendants too. Her show is this Saturday (9th December) at 2pm on Create & Craft TV (Freeview Channel 23 or watch via their website – they keep catch up videos too if you miss the show).

 

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Macramé samples created for Gina B Silkworks

Gina Barrett is launching her new book on Create and Craft TV tomorrow (11am Channel 23 or watch live online from their website).

The new Textile Trimmings book is fabulous. It includes a variety of decorative knotting technique including ball buttons, frogging, filet and needle lace plus macramé.

I am a macramé novice. My favourite is the swan macramé hanger – I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it but following Gina’s fabulous instruction I am delighted with the results.

 

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I used a multicoloured satin cord and some of my handmade paper beads to make these bright and cheery bracelets. The sliding knot enables the bracelets to be taken on and off easily.

 

AW Macrame Tassel Hanger 1

I had a bit more play with the colourful cord and more paper beads working from one of Gina’s new mini textile hangers. I had a try at the loopy braid (instructions in the book for creating the loops).

 

AW Macrame Swan Hanger

I was really pleased with this one. Again I used one of the new textile hangers and decorated it with stamping (Russian Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque).