So it was my friends birthday the other day and I decided to make her a little framed flower as a present. I was inspired by the Liberty Book of Home Sewing which I found on a shelf at my boyfriend’s parents house. In there it talked about how a long time ago people would cut out the flowers from worn out Batiked indian fabric and sew them onto newer fabric; giving it a new lease of life. Now, I don’t have any old worn out indian fabric but I did find some nice patterned fabric in my scraps, so I up-cycled them. I used a cream thread to complement the background and highlight certain areas on the flower. Next time I might use a couple different colours to bring out the definition in the leaves and petals.
I hadn’t really thought of doing this before and it was super easy and came out really nicely. I am impressed.
Hello there dearie!
Last week I received my new sewing machine and it is a beast of a thing. After a lot of deliberation and having to review my budget several times I decided to go for a Bernina 1008 with free extension table and embroidery foot. Definitely worth spending a big chunk of my savings on.
With my new sewing machine in tow, this week I have completed (well I might add a few more bits to it, maybe even glow in the dark thread!) my first large scale commission and I absolutely adore it. As you may know I am sort of obsessed with sea creatures at the moment (it seems a lot of people are actually if Instagram is anything to go by) and this piece is of a Pelagia Noctiluca jellyfish. I need to work out the best way to stretch it over a frame and finish it off so that it can hang in my Dad’s office but other than that I am super happy with the finished article, I will put some pictures up in my gallery soon.
Planning, Planning, Planning. So it looks like I am on my way to completing my business plan to present to the Princes Trust Panel in June, which I am nervous and also excited about. Gives me like 4 weeks to show them some finished pieces. Ahhh! I am thinking that I will show them my designs and then make some plain white mock ups of the accessories I plan to make with them to take with me. Just because I am too scared that I will butcher my originals… and I kinda want them to hang on my wall in my studio… (how selfish)
Since I started Instagram like 4 weeks ago I have gained 76 followers, which I think is pretty good really. I am still a bit unsure as to how to promote myself on there… but I will get there in the end! If you have instagram you can check out my behind the scenes action shots on there.