Thursday, 23 July 2009

Wild about...

It's been a while since I did a 'currently coveting' post, so I thought I'd share just a few of my current favourite nature inspired items available on Etsy.

Row one:
Hedgehog brooch by katebroughton
Fox on Sunday art print by krisblues
Spring is coming I promise soft sculpture wall art by MelissaSue

Row two:
Red Squirrel Standoff Changepurse by bonspielcreation
Tree Friends - Bamboo Mobile by petitcollage
Flower Deer art print by jacksonswift

Row three:
Sneaky Fox original dry-point etch print by ladysnail
Wooden Butterfly necklace by fawnandforest
Tree and Leaf pillow by alisontauber

I myself have been making some woodlandsy items...and went and forgot to blog about them before I posted them in my Etsy shop, doh! They are the fifth Tree Rings brooch and the first Tree Rings coin purse/pouch:

When I can get more of the organic cotton, I plan to order some in colours for making Tree Rings Pillows. :-)

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Feathery feathery

In my last post, I mentioned making another item with a similar pattern to the golden and green leafy clutch...this was no other than the pillow/cushion I sketched way back in April as seen in this image. My original idea was to use a pale buttery yellow background and golden and ochre appliqué but since I don't have the right colour for the background just yet, I decided to use some of the lovely organic cotton I bought in May.

I re-worked the layout a little from my clutch, because I wanted to make a certain shape on the cushion that would look 'right' whichever way up you had it. It's nice to have a cushion you can just throw onto your sofa or favourite armchair and not worry about which way is up.

Getting the shapes in just the right position took some time. In the end I devised a simple way of doing it that meant I didn't have to constantly be measuring and marking. Each silk shape here is fused onto the cotton but some edges came loose due to patchy bondaweb...I quite like the effect though and the shapes are all on securely due to the line of stitching down each middle.

I have filled this with my last feather cushion insert, so I will call it a feather pillow anyway...but I also think of this pattern of shapes as being inspired by feathers...even though it is using the same shape as the 'leafy' clutch.

I guess it's the difference in colour that makes the difference between leaf and feather. Some screens may show the cushion to be a darker colour than it is - it's what I think of as 'dove grey'. The silk I've used here is the same dupion silk I used in my Shoal jewellery - I love how it shimmers in the light and the hues shift slightly.

This will be up in the shop soon, and if it proves popular I may try out some other colour-ways.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Golden and Green leafy clutch - Part 2

I had the very best of intentions to take photos at regular intervals as I continued making this clutch. I really did. But...well, I got carried away with the excitement and momentum and didn't manage another picture until the clutch was basically complete. Here it is:

Making something for the first time always takes a little longer, I find, as you work your way through and familiarize yourself with a new process. For a first ever attempt at a clutch purse using a purse frame, I think this looks pretty smart :-)

Small things I will do differently next time are to make sure I put the purse into the frame with the little loops (for attaching a chain or strap) at the back, rather than the front as they are here (can you see them?) - I think this is important in terms of having a bag on your shoulder with only one side want the pattern facing out but then you also want to keep the strap on your shoulder when you reach in to get your pocket mirror/lipbalm/tissues etc out. Silly me for not realising this at the time...blame it on the giddy rush of a new craft project almost completed!

Secondly the stitching on the leaf shapes, which I think worked well, unfortunately took quite a long time - about 2 hours or so, since I did it all by hand. I've made something similar since this, using my sewing machine for the lines running through the shapes, and I think it looks just as good and took me less time to do. The tricky part is making sure the stitching goes in a straight line, without marking the fabric permanently. This time I did it by scoring lightly down each shape with the tip of a needle against a ruler.

More textile treats coming soon!