Wednesday, 28 October 2009

My October Swaps

This is the inspiration for Calendar Girls this month - artwork by Alphonse Mucha. Gorgeous lady, but just look at the beastie ........

This is the card Doreen made for me. She used a hand dyed fabric for the background, then added a circle of rusted fabric. The leaves are made on her embellisher using felt and scrim. She then added a paper flower with a button middle. Thanks again Doreen - I think you captured the essence of the inspiration beautifully.

This is my interpretation, which I made for Jenny. I had this gorgeous (fabric) lady, and fussy cut some other suitable fabric to complete the ensemble, then free machine stitched them onto a piece of felt.

You can see what the other Calendar Girls got up to by clicking on the Logo on the right.


Our theme for the 5" Quiltie this month was AFRICA
I had great fun sorting out my 'Africa' fabrics for this one, which I made for June (who unfortunately doesn't have a Blog!)

This Quiltie was made for me by Jill, who says 'I painted a face of sorts meaning it to be either human or animal, using wax resist and layers of paint'. Look at all that hand stitching .... I just love it! Thanks again Jill.

Monday, 5 October 2009

My swaps for September ...

This is Pat's choice for inspiration for September Calendar Girls swap of postcards - it is by the artist Hundertwasser.
Susan made this postcard for me, and apparently she used a pleating machine to create the background. Do visit her blog here where she tells how she made it. I must admit I haven't seen it yet as it won't be in the post until tomorrow, but I wanted to blog it so I 'pinched' her picture - I do hope she doesn't mind. Can't wait to get touchy feely with it! I love the Shisha mirrors representing the trees.

I am a proud new owner of a Pfaff Embellisher, and I used it to work my interpretation of Hundertwasser for Neki
It is hard to believe, but there are two layers of felt meshed together - one pea green and the other lime green - to form the background. The 'lines' are silk strips and the blue colour in the middle is also silk, both of which are worked from the back. The back is covered with a black chiffon and the trees are also worked from the back. I have worked some free machine stitching on the trees and I added a thick blue and pink thread in the bobbin. Neki was delighted so that was fine.
If you would like to see the other interpretations of Hundertwasser for this month, just click on the Calendar Girls Logo at the side of my Blog.
The September Swap for Unlimited Textiles was a 5" square Quiltie using a favourite photograph belonging to your partner as inspiration.
I was partnered with Linda and this was her photograph.

Again, using my embellisher I meshed a piece of hand dyed silk to a piece of white felt, then added some hand dyed muslin to create the sandy look! I then embellished the scaffolding poles from the back(a lot), pushing the white felt to the front, added a bit of green and brown each side for the moss and rust, and a touch of black marker pen for the shadows, and it was done. Linda was delighted.

This was my photograph as inspiration for my partner, and is a sunrise taken in my garden last November.

I was partnered with Pam Jones of Port Talbot, who doesn't seem to have a blog unfortunately. Pam made me this beautiful interpretation of my photo, which I think again she has worked on the embellisher, using hand dyed silk, although she hasn't said! I can see she has then added free machine stitching to represent the trees. The colours of the sunrise are just gorgeous - thankyou again Pam.

Now to get busy on the swaps for October ......