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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 🙂 

 

 

 

Bits and Bobs

How many of you have a cupboard full of fabric scraps and bits and bobs that ‘will come in handy one day’?  Well I have to admit that I have cupboards and boxes of fabric scraps.   Over the last couple of weeks I have challenged myself to incorporate these within my embroideries and I would like to share with you some of the results.  I have produced three miniature quilts using this method.

Background fabric created using free machine embroidery onto fabric scraps

Background fabric created using free machine embroidery onto fabric scraps

 

I have used a range of fabrics and textures to create a background fabric.  These have been layered and pieced together with free machine embroidery, these are worked on 3″ squares.

By using different fabrics, papers and lace you can create an interesting and textured background fabric.

Shabby chic inspired my first couple of quilts. Live, Laugh Love and Love, Life, Happiness were embroidered onto the background fabrics along with free machine appliquéd hearts.  The fabrics were further embellished with hand embroidery and buttons.

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The first set of squares I created were Live, Laugh, Love.  I made a background by quilting a piece of hand dyed cotton using free machine squiggles and hearts.  The squares are hand sewn onto the quilted fabric; the back fabric is attached and the edges are finished using blanket stitch.

Close up - Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt
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Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Love, Life, Happiness quilt I made a background fabric from fabric scraps.  I have free machined strips of fabric together and then quilted them.  The three squares were then hand embroidered onto this background and finished with blanket stitch.

Close up - Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt
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Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the rugged finish on both of these miniature quilts and the most satisfying thing is that all materials were found treasures in my bits and bobs box.

As you will know by now I love flowers and at this time of year I am fascinated with the delicate structures of the seed heads.  My third quilt is inspired by these.  I have free machined seed heads onto my pieced background fabrics and then further embellished with hand embroidery. My backgrounds have been created using fabric scraps/strips and free machined together.

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Close up - Seed Head Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Seed Head Miniature Quilt
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Seed Head Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Seed Head Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have loved making these.  They have provided me with the perfect opportunity to switch off and unwind for a while.  A good coffee and a relaxing playlist always help.

 

Therapy Cushion

Well summer is finally over. I am back to work and buried under a massive pile of work so I have decided to crawl out of the work mass and share with you a project that I completed over the summer. I realise it has been a while since my last post but I have spent most if August in the Lake District in my bolt hole with minimum internet or telephone reception, pure bliss.  The peace and tranquility has been fantastic, it is such a shame I have to go to work.

My very good friend Cath works with stroke patients. Our caravans are on the same site however we live in opposite corners of the country therefore the time we spend together is treasured and our children have grown up to be great friends over many years. Anyway back to Cath, she messaged me over the summer to ask if I would have my sewing machine at the caravan as she had a challenge for me….. She was finding that one of the things patients struggle with is fastening clothes and she wanted me to make a therapy cushion for her male patients.  We started this task with a shopping trip – charity shops for men’s clothes and then gift shops, clothes shopping and lunch for us, win win.

Equipped with a mans shirt and a pair of trousers we waited for a cloudy afternoon and then got started. I used the front of the shirt for one side of the cushion to enable to patients to practice fastening shirt buttons and pocket buttons and then used the top of the trousers for the other side for zip and button rehabilitation.  As the cover needed to be removable for washing I used the shirt fastening as an opening to allow easy removal of the cushion.

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As you can see the end product was successful and has been used many times already in the hospital.  I am sure she will be requiring a one for the ladies next……..