Thursday, 31 October 2019

Nimble needles

Like any keen crafter, I have an ever expanding collection of craft books. Being keen on mixed media, I have an excuse to buy books on a wide variety of subjects, from macramé to metalwork and everything in between! But it was a very small booklet that began my lifelong love for crafting.  I had been given my first ever sewing basket for Christmas, full of sewing notions such as needles, tape measure, pins and thimble. I begged some scraps of fabric from grandma and she gave me this little booklet.


Those nimble needles still help me – dear old back stitch and his friends help to make bead embroidered pieces and I recognised a distant cousin of buttonhole stitch when I completed the chain on my latest piece.


The tiny floral pattern I painted on the heart reminded me of those little scraps of flowery fabrics and my first adventures in needlework.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Fascinated by ferns

I've been meaning to make a necklace featuring a fern leaf for some time. They seem to be such mysterious plants, flourishing in secret damp and shady places. There is a hint of the magical about them. Wanting to create a mossy appearance around the border led to some experiments with knotting around the painted silk section.



The Victorians were certainly fascinated by ferns, and collecting them was quite a craze back then. They never seemed content with just looking at nature, they had to dig it up and take it home. Special metal containers called vasculums were made so that the keen fern collector could ravage the countryside and keep their trophies fresh. I think I'll stick to painting nature and leave the real thing to grow and flourish!