One of the fun things about being editor of Embellish magazine…

One of the fun things about being editor of Embellish magazine is getting to see up close and personal all the wonderful textile art from people contributing to the Reader Postcard Swap! Each issue there is a new postcard swap, which ties into the theme of the issue of Embellish that some of them will … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 125! Michelle Mischkulnig, Phyllis Hoffman and creativity!

Whilst I did not actually put pen to paper or needle to cloth today… I did spend a wonderful and inspiring time at the Stonehouse Gallery where the Threadalicious exhibition was on display (and is on display until the end of this month). Textile artist Michelle Mischkulnig was there to meet me to view and chat … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 110! A little heart.

Today I went with one of the miniature cross stitch patterns I created a couple of days ago – the little heart.   Looking through my fabric stash, I decided to try it out on a fairly large open weave fabric – using a single strand of stranded cotton.   I found I had to … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 109! The results of doodling.

The results of doodling.   My mind was still on small items, and went to easy shapes, which led to bird shapes (possibly due to the two cockatiels sitting behind me singing).   The doodles looked like something I could do with the sewing machine, so I set about it.   First step was to … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Days 96 – 99! Expanding on the prototype. Bag bling / bag charm.

As you saw in my last post, I have a jumping off point now to refine and / or change from. I decided to do both ☺   Using the original pattern, I wanted to make a more stylised baby bird – which meant shorter tail, larger head, and smaller wings. The thin paper I … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Days 88 – 91! Bulldog Puppy stitching progression to completion ☺

I have been busy over the past few days completing the bulldog puppy, and have here for you the sequence of its creation (along with the odd tip or two) taking up where my last blog post left off… with HEAPS of pictures!   My first task was to further stitch the outlines – but … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Days 75 – 87! I’ve been very, very quiet – at least on the blog front!

  I’m back! Did you miss me? Maybe, don’t answer that! ☺   My 30 minutes creativity per day unfortunately had to go out the window due to being very busy getting five magazines print-ready (Embellish issue 30, Textile Fibre Forum issue 126, Felt issue 17, Yarn issue 46, and Vintage Made issue 9). All … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 72! I started really early today!

  This morning, the sun was not up yet, but I was. Walking out to the back of the house, I noticed the floor was glowing in the bright moonlight – a glorious moon was setting in the west!   Yep, I couldn’t resist ☺   I was out there taking photos, having fun trying … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 71! Dark red begun – rather matching the sunset ☺

  Day 71 saw me starting on the dark red stamens – my what a “pain” it was. The chart was hard to keep track of, and what was on the chart, was not on the picture of the finished stitch-out which came with the chart! Therefore, since this is supposed to be relaxing, I … Continue reading

30 minutes creativity per day… Day 70! Only dark red to go ☺

  Added more today, and after each colour I took a photo. I’d say most of you could work out what it is now ☺