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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Busy, Busy

I've been carrying on with creating projects to use some of the captured flowers that I did.

First a panel to incorporate into a project at some point though I know not when or what. I captured a bunch of flowers together for this and then cut a stylistic vase shape from some fabric to which I added some Strass stones. The whole was then fused onto a background of black silk.

I made a trinket box out of an empty salmon tin and decorated the lid with one of the flowers which had been stitched around with gold metallic thread, cut out and attached via some Swarovski crystals at its centre.

The captured flowers are also good for greetings cards.

So, these are very versatile. Fabric postcards, bookmarks, panels, trinket boxes, greetings cards and there must be loads more projects these could be incorporated into not to mention that they are great fun!

I made my second fabric postcard but this time not with the captured flowers.

I got this idea from the Beginners' Guide to Machine Embroidery. Basically, you zigzag stitch slighly wavy lines in a grid on muslin. This pulls and distorts the fabric to create an interesting effect. You can then colour in the 'squares' with fabric paints. I took it a stage further and went over the wavy lines again with one of the decorative stitches, called patchwork, on my sewing machine (oh, yes, my sewing machine and I are becoming quite good friends now after 20 years of me being scared to death of it).

Lastly, I made a couple of hats. The first continues my fascination for seeing interesting effects come out of variegated yarn with relatively long distances between colour changes such as in the entrelac shawl in a previous post. This is the Fake Isle Hat by Amy King and, although it looks as if lots of different balls of yarn were used, only two are used and the myriad of colours comes from one with long colour runs together with a solid one. The variegated one I used this time is Rico Designs Creative Poems Aran.

The other hat is Evangeline, a '20s style cloche hat by Just Call Me Ruby.

This is knitted in Adriafil Primula, a gorgeous squishy soft merino, and is another hat for Becca's Chemo Hat project.

I've also decided to knit a few lace bookmarks as they are such quick projects and are great for little extras and small gifts. This is the first one and is Heartstrings' Oak Leaf Bookmark.


  • At 7:26 am, Blogger Allabitrandom said…

    What an explosion of ideas! Salmon tin - now who would have guessed! I too like the different effects of using varigated yarn for something other than socks - I made a swatch using rice stitch - knit 1 purl 1, then purl 1 knit 1 on the next row and the finished cloth took on a whole new appearance!- Sort of tweed I think would be the best description.

  • At 12:48 pm, Blogger KnitNana said…

    Oh my, what a lovely grouping of pretties! The hats are great, must find that last pattern, and the panel is amazing...You're just so talented!!

  • At 2:47 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    Oooh, lots of lovely things to see - it's always inspiring visiting your blog. Love the captured flowers, they are so versatile. The Fake Isle hat is gorgeous.


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