Archive | January 2017

Love is in the Air continued….

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As promised in my last blog here is the update ……  After working with the tweed and silk velvet earlier this week I am now well and truly addicted to these.

I have continued with the heart theme to produce a trio of completed pictures that I would like to share with you.  (please excuse my shadow in the photographs- if anyone can advise me on how to photograph framed work behind glass I would appreciate the advice)

Here are some close ups

Double heart

 

Heart in Heart

 

Of course I am always drawn back to flowers – so here are my flower interpretations of this technique.  Again I have used a combination of tweed/wool and silk velvet fabrics with free machine embroidery and hand embroidery.  Both have been embellished with buttons and I have added an eyelet charm on ‘Double Bloom’

In the Breeze

Double Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you like these – I am off to find some more tweed and silk velvet 🙂

 

Love is in the Air

Walking through the shopping centre today I found that love was definitely in the air – there were Valentine gifts and cards in every shop window.

This has been my inspiration for today.

Love is in the Air

Close up of loose French knots and vermicelli free machine embroidery on the tweed.

I have loved working with the rugged woollen textures and contrasting them with the luxurious silk velvet so I decided to work with larger ‘scraps’ today.

Three contrasting wool and tweed fabrics were layered onto a fine wool.  These have been attached with free machine vermicelli stitch.  I have added silk velvet hearts using free machine embroidery.  The piece has been further embellished with hand embroidery using hand dyed threads, a glitter thread is used for running stitch down the right and loose french knots are added to the tweed using a fine cotton perle.  A ‘love’ charm is added for accent.  The final piece is framed in a box frame.

Close up of large silk velvet heart and running stitch with glitter thread

 

 

I will keep you all updated on my next projects with these fabulous textures…….

Close up of small silk velvet hearts and heart embellishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is in the Air

Stash or Trash?

Have you ever looked through your stash and wondered  ‘Why did I buy this?’

I have been trying to incorporate bits and pieces into my work as you can see in my Bits and Bobs posts.  So last week whilst visiting my Mam she decided to have a look through her stash and produced a bag of felted blanket pieces, well when I say pieces I really mean a bag of tiny scraps that resembled floor sweepings:

 

Tiny scraps of felted wool blanket and tweed

 

The question was asked – ‘why did you buy that?’  Truthfully my mother did not have a clue.

We are frequently drawn towards fabrics through their colours and textures and this little bag of scraps obviously appealed so much to my mother that she was compelled to make a purchase. They have been in her stash cupboard for a few years.  We emptied the content of the bag and I laughed at the tiny pieces of scrap fabric that had tempted her to hand over her cash.  At this point she challenged me to take them away and do something with them.

Challenge accepted.

Within my current workI have been using small pieces of neutral fabric to produce background fabrics for my embroideries therefore I decided to try to use these in a similar way.  The fabrics were varying thicknesses but most were dense as some had been felted.  The fabric pieces were closely placed together on a backing fabric, I used free machine embroidery to secure these in place.

Creating a background by piecing together fabric scraps.

I was pleasantly surprised with the end result and I now had a textured and rugged surface to work on.

This background screamed out for a  sumptuous addition, amongst my stash I found a piece of my hand dyed silk velvet – perfect

Kates Kloths Hand Dyed Silk Velvet

I applied silk velvet flowers onto the rugged background with free machine embroidery and these are completed using hand embroidered french knots. Foliage is added with silk fabric, heavy hand dyed yarn and hand painted silks that are machine  embroidered in place.

 

Close up detail of french knots and silk velvet flower.

Completed textile piece is presented on a piece of natural coloured heavy woven wool fabric.

Completed work presented in a box frame.

Stash or Trash Trio

 

 

I was so pleased with he end result I have created another two to make a trio statement.

So we ash the question again Stash or Trash? You decide.

I am off to see what other treasures I can find lurking in the corners of cupboards and drawers……..

 

 

 

Here are a few close up photographs – I hope you enjoy them 🙂