Saturday, 11 October 2008

Dale's Workshops 5 and 6

Well, I didn't manage to create any 'finished' pieces, but I did manage to make a few more samples, following Dale's brilliant instructions. Here is a 'name' design, using my first name in handwriting and my surname in capitals, then joining all the lines, and filling in with colour. Can you still see my name?
This is a piece of 'fabric' I made using metallic netting with lots of scrap bits of everything layered between two pieces of netting and embellished from one side only.
This is some brown lace (put together rather like a double edged frill) that I embellished onto felt, some until it was flattened completely and some left with a bit of frill, then other fancy threads and coloured wool tops added.

This is a piece of wet felting I made when Carol showed me how last month(which to my amazement only took about 20 minutes). I then embellished this thick wool over it in a grid, hoping to fill the areas, but didn't get around to it. I will though, eventually, as I have plenty of samples I can cut up, and hand and/or machine stitch into further. It would make a super cover to keep samples in (if I have any left!)
This is an experiment I did in Lesson 2 I think, but I've put it here, as it was the technique I used for completing the postcard below, that is using the Embellisher from the back. This is a piece of black felt with a dyed piece of cheesecloth to cover, then embellished from the back pushing the black felt through to the front. (I then did some stitching on the 'trunk of the tree')
This is the postcard I made for Calendar Girls for September, and I used the above technique to get the green felt that the white hand painted silk is free stitched onto, to come from the back to the front to cover the silk. (I must add the beautiful painted flower was not done by me, but by a friend of a friend's Mum)
I've thoroughly enjoyed following Dale's Embellishing Workshop over the six week period, and understand she is planning more Workshops for 2009, details of which you can find at
I've now returned the Embellisher to my friend Janet, but she has said I can borrow it again, any time isn't that so generous!!


Doreen G said...

Great samples Val especially the brown lace one and yes I did see your name in the first piece- clever you.
I didn't even attempt that one.

Sandy said...

You did a lot of nice samples. I had to look closely but did find your name once I quit looking for Val.

Aussie Jo said...

Fantastic samples, it looks like lots of fun. I love the name one, I will try that with my school classes.

Genie said...

Hi Val, Lovely work
I also gave up on my name ended up cutting up into ATCs
Hope you hada lovely break

maggi said...

Hope you had a good break. Great to see the postcard using the embellish from the back technique. I too didn't do the name excercise, my name is too long!

sharon young said...

You really did get a lot out of this workshop, Val. You have a great eye for what will go well together when it's under the embellisher.

PCarriker said...

Very cool samples! Thank you for your kind words on my blog. It was very exciting for me to have my article published in CPS, what a great magazine!