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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.

 

Woolfest

Last weekend I visited the Woolfest at Cockermouth in Cumbria.  Woolfest leaflet

This is an annual festival of wool with craftspeople and artists celebrating the best of British wool.  The Woolfest is now in its tenth year and attracts many visitors and a wide range of exhibitors from sheep breeders to spinners and weavers.  The festival is held in one of the local livestock centres and the stalls are erected in the cattle mart area there are many demonstrations and sheep parades along with many exhibitors including yarn producers, knitters, hand dyed yarn and textile artists. This is a brilliant exhibition that really inspires me and also costs me a small fortune stocking up on my stash.

I visited this exhibition with my mother, mother-in-law and aunt.  We arrived early and made our way around the first small hall.  There are so many beautiful hand dyed yarns it is difficult to decide which are the nicest.

 

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This year I have had a period of ill heath and I have been suffering with a balance disorder.  This has prevented me from working on my sewing machine for periods of time and therefore as part of my recovery I have taught myself to crochet.  I am really enjoying it.  As a child if I was ill my mother would wrap me in her ‘poorly blanket’, during this illness I have crocheted myself a blanket however I am calling this my ‘recovery blanket’ as it has helped me recover and enabled me to fill my days.  Indigo Dyed yarn

So back to the Woolfest – with a new string to my bow I was even more delighted with the choice of yarns on offer and could not quite decide what to crochet next or with which fibre or colour……
I eventually succumb to the most delectable extra fine merino and silk yarn hand dyed with indigo and an added sparkle yarn – I have decided to crochet myself a fine shawl – the next bid decision is to choose a pattern so this could take a while.

Creative textiles is ,my first love and always will be and therefore I was drawn towards the fabulous textures and colours that were on display.

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There were also the nicest breeds of sheep that were so well behaved – nothing compares to a natural fibre.
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As I walked around this exhibition I realised how much I missed dyeing my yarns and fabrics and I was inspired to start and dye some more – this time just for fun 🙂  I found myself being pulled towards the undyed yarns and dyes and then I took the plunge!  I bought myself a small stash of undyed yarns and some new dyes.  Watch this space as I might be messing up my kitchen pretty soon.

Not sure when I should tell my family – I might just surprise them.

 

Undyed yarn stash