Archive | January, 2014

Felt Making and Embroidery

23 Jan

I like the random patterns and effects that can be created by incorporating different fabrics and fibres in to the wool when felting. These pieces began as a random jumble of colours which when felted began to look quite pretty and almost like a mystical garden. I hand and machine embellished the pieces adding flowers, leaves and butterflies.

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Click here to  have a look at a wonderful blog, which I came across recently where you can find numerous great examples of felt making.

 

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Designing and Making

23 Jan

Although I work full time for an international fashion retailer I don’t really find my job to be that creative and love to spend time in my studio designing, sewing, sticking, painting and drawing. I also attend an evening dressmaking and tailoring course where I am currently attempting to make a very bold, colourful skirt complete with pockets, pleats and a zip fastening. Although it is not 100% perfect I am very happy with my progress so far and I will post a photograph of the completed item in a few weeks, I hope!

Having recently seen a rag rug be used on the ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, a great show on BBC2, I have been reminded about the owl rag rug I have eventually completed! I found the process to be very time consuming but I do have plans to make another rug and have been busy collecting scraps of fabric and old clothes. This time the rug will be floral or patterned.

Below are some images of my completed rag rug. The images display both the reverse and front of the piece.

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Spinalonga

23 Jan

Having read the book ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop I was particularly keen to visit Spinalonga. Although I did enjoy my visit, I was participating in an organised tour and felt I did not have long enough to look around. Below are some of the photographs I took.

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Agios Nikolaos, Crete

23 Jan

We spent a few hours in Agios Nikolaos, wandering through the narrow, bustling streets. I found the lake to be particularly picturesque.

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Heraklion, Crete

23 Jan

When staying in Koutouloufari a wonderful little hillside village in Crete we decided to visit the capital Heraklion. We traveled to Heraklion by bus and spent a day exploring the city.

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Saklikent Gorge, Turkey

21 Jan

Whilst visiting the Saklikent Gorge we had the chance to walk a small section of the gorge before tubing down the river, which was fantastic!

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Kayakoy, Turkey

21 Jan

Kayakoy is an interesting and picturesque ghost town with a lovely little restaurant, a few camels and a donkey.

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