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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Elephants -- Felt

Once a month I collect together a few images of elephants and share them. This month it is felt elephants.


Felt elephant round up

1. Love the button detail of this one, although it does look like it has wheels! 
2. Nice simple shape and the little cross stitch to attach the ear is very cute. 
3. Another simple silhouette, very effective design. 
4. A nice use of some contrasting fabric for the ear
5. Cheers big ears, a range of different colours with matching or contrasting fabric for the ears. 
6. A cut out ear with fabric stitched in behind. 
7. The simplest silhouette with elephanty colours. 
8. An embellished felt elephant with beads, sequins and a spot of embroidery. 
9. A slightly different shape for this elephant with his trunk proudly on display

For more images of felt elephants visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.

All links above are to Pinterest as a number of the items pictured are no longer available at their original link.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tate Britain inspiration

I headed to the British Folk Art exhibition at the Tate Britain today.

There were some really interesting pieces and I thought the arrangement of the exhibition was very good with bright coloured walls and objects spread out so you could get up close and see the details.. But there was almost a bit too much space and a few too many objects and one glaring omission from the exhibition - no painted canal barge artefacts.

I took time to draw a few sketches as I moved through the exhibition. I prefer doing a few sketches rather than just take a photo as I feel it helps me to understand how the work has been put together.

This one was a sketch of a segment of a quilt called 'Drunkard's Path'. I thought it was a really striking design in just white and red.


After the Folk Art exhibition I had a quick wonder through the present day to 1930s works and did a few more sketches.


I do try and make the time to revisit my rough sketches into neater ones while the images are still fresh in my mind. This is a notebook I dug out from a trip to Stockholm about 7 years ago.


At Tate Britain it wasn't just the works of art that caught my eye - parts of the architecture of the building itself gave me some ideas.


A wall.

A floor.

A bannister.

A window.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Net flower brooch tutorial

This months free gift with Mollie Makes magazine was a pair of shoe clips but these just weren't my style so decided to use the materials from the free kit and make my own design.



I followed steps 1-3 of the Mollie Makes instructions before placing one net circle on top of the other ensuring that the gaps are not in the same position. I just two circles from the felt and stitched on one the felt circles on the front side. I used some assorted beads in a complimentary colour from my stash and stitched the beads in a random nature to the felt. The other circle of felt was stitched to the back and a brooch back attached.