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Friday, March 12, 2010

Captured Flowers, Goddesses and a Lovely Purchase

This last week or so has seen me make my first fabric postcard. I combined this with my first attempts at capturing real flowers between fabric and organza. This was the result.

This is the back thanks to a kind friend from the US who sent me a special rubber stamp for the purpose.

I also made a bookmark using the same technique.

I have a load of flowers that I prepared at the same time ready to go into projects so have a few more in the pipeline that I hope to work on this weekend.

Recently, a dear online friend and I agreed to swap goddesses. Here is what Purr sent me. She's called Diversity and reflects amongst other things my love of lace and cryptic crosswords! Isn't she fab!

And here is Lavender Goddess who I have just finished and is now ready to go.

She's a closet goddess which is not to say that she tries to hide the fact that she’s a goddess but that she is useful for hanging in a closet or a wardrobe to add fragrance. She's also very glad to hang in a cupboard full of fibery goodness to protect against pesky moths.

Her arms are made from a plastic bangle (about 65-70mm diameter) blanket stitched around with Valdani hand-dyed variegated thread. Being such a large ring, I had to join on thread a good few times and I stitched the ends into the seam before turning the seam into the inside of the ring when it was finished.

Her body is made from a piece of silk strengthened with iron-on stabiliser and the two sides put together and blanket stitched around with two strands of embroidery thread. The bottom bit of her is blanket stitched singly rather than together and press studs (aka poppers I believe) have been added to the inside so that she can be opened to replace the lavender when needed. Inside there is a muslin sachet cut to the same shape as the bottom bit of her and this fastens with a velcro strip so it is easy to replace the lavender and rezip the velcro. The silk has been machine embroidered on both sides with lines of machine embroidered stars in gold metallic thread.

I've saved the piece de resistance until last. This felted bag is not made by me but by George at Rose Coloured World.

I saw it on her blog and couldn't resist so asked if it was for sale. It's even more lovely in reality. A gorgeous turquoise little number lined with Kaffe Fassett fabric and with two handy little pockets inside. I love it!


  • At 4:10 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Wow, gorgeous bag! And I love the fabric postcard idea.

  • At 5:36 pm, Blogger KnitNana said…

    How cool! (But I'm partial to the Goddesses!!!)

  • At 10:40 am, Anonymous Flowers said…

    Beautiful cards! These florals are gorgeous and nice job illustrating them! Enjoyed it very much.

  • At 8:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These goddesses are gorgeous I had never seen them before. What a great idea. Love the felt bag as well. I did a similar thing as the flowers under organza once using left off bits of threads. I have used pieces of it in all sorts of ways.

  • At 8:11 pm, Anonymous shirley said…

    Oops, sorry, the anonymous was me sorry

  • At 7:40 pm, Blogger Nicki Lee said…

    You've been a busy girl! I love your flower PC's - beautifully done. Your goddess is just gorgeous as is the gift you received.

    If I saw that pretty turquoise purse before you it would be mine... alll mine LOL!

  • At 8:59 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    The captures flowers are beautiful, what a wonderful idea.

    Absolutely love the goddesses, a fantastic exchange!

    And I love your new handbag - stunning!


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