Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Family wanted.

We interupt our stitching posts for some
blatant self promotion. ;)
Or real estate promotion.

We are selling our property up in the North island ,click here

Happy stitching


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quake Goddess

New post over here if you like contemporary.
Procrastination be gone.
Sometimes these days I think that if I had another brain cell, it would be lonely.

Stitching Always.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book/Card Wrap. Crazy Quilt Shabby Chic.

When I recieve greeting cards, they get displayed around the house.
And when they are done, they were put in a drawer.
But now,I have this. I call it my Crazy Quilt Shabby Chic look. ;)
Embroidered, beaded fabric collage of repurposed and upcycled
vintage linens.

This shows the whole piece. Slightly larger than A4.
And for a few closeups.

The inside was lined with a piece of calico
that has been spice dyed and has a lovely aged look.
Just right for wrapping my precious cards.

So here it is again all wrapped up.
I hope you enjoy the eye candy.

Regards Phillipa

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Heavily Embellished. Close-up.

Lots of sequins n embroidery n laces, ribbons
upcycled jewellery.
Some Opals, Marcasite, Faux Diamond.
Ribbon Flowers , some I made, some I bought.
Pansies rescued from an old doily.
Its tricky to get all the texture in a photo but I hope these help.

What do I do with them??

Stitching Always.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Heavily Embellished Wall Hearts

Now these were fun to make.
Lots of colour and Bling.

Tommorrow will have a few closeups.

Stitching Always.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jewel Tone Gifts

Keyrings. Or large charm for a handbag.

I'm having trouble getting good photos.
But you get the idea.
Each Mother recieved these for Mothers Day.
My own background fabric, heavily embellished with
thread and beads.
Again a small joyful project.

Happy Stitching


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shabby Chic Lacey Collage Part 2

I hardly ever do One thing at a time and playing with the lacey doilys was no exception.
Collage #2

On a base of coffee dyed calico,
I played around till I was happy with the placement.
Then I machine stitched just to hold everything together
and to make handling easier as I add embroidery
and beading.
I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the process
and will be doing alot more I'm sure.

Happy Stitching


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shabby Chic Lacey Collage

I had a wonderful time going thru my Lacey/doily collection and
was inspired to put this together.
But first, a large picnic basket of goodies.

And a filebox of embellishments.

And Ta Daa!!

The start.
A little bit of playing.
And ended up with this.

I've machine basted/stitched to hold it all together.
Then I will embellish with embroidery and beads.
The texture and the layers I find very pleasing to look at and hold.
And will be added to the
grouping to be stitched at my leisure.

Happy Stitching


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Eco-Dye.More fun

I did this second lot of dying at the same time as the first.
Using Eucalyptus bark this time from a different cemetary.
I just broke it up into the pot and followed the same process as last time.

The fabric is actually darker than the photo shows.
A hard to describe colour but interesting none- the- less.
Will most likely end up in a collage.
Dark n  broody.

Till next time.


Monday, June 06, 2011

Eco-dying Playtime

My first little foray into eco-dye.
Another process Im quite interested in.
I found these delightful bunches of berries on a huge tree at one of the local cemeteries.
B and I are having a wonderful time researching our family trees and hence the visits to local cemetarys.
Many have wonderful old trees, so while strolling around I keep an eye out for potential dye sources.
I have no idea what the tree is called tho.
So into the pot.
                                        Cover with water

Boil n Simmer for an hour.

Strain off the liquid when cool.
This is actually a pinky colour.
Dunk and soak fabric and lacey bits for a
couple of days.
Drip dry.

And Voila!

Yet to be ironed, to set the colour, but the lovely pinky colour is a
shabby chic romantic colouring.
Added to my stash waiting for my next inspiration :)

Till next time



Friday, June 03, 2011

Wall Cloth. Rust n Stitch with Lace

The rust cloth I have been making really really

And the lovely vintage doily had very fine lace but was showing signs of distress.
So the doily and the cotton lace fringing were coffee dyed and seem to just merge with the rust cloth.
But still with enough colour difference.
I played around with the placement of pieces till
this emerged.

I handstitched the pieces together with Perle cotton in golds
using a running stitch.
The rust cloth has a medium weight hand and is
pleasant to stitch on.
Firm enough to hang nicely but still light enough to move in a breeze.

In the end I placed the fringing lower down.
I was happier with it there.
                         And a closer look at the vintage doily.

I love the way this piece looks and feels , so
I'm sure there will be more.

Til next time