Monday, 26 July 2010

Leather Sketch Portrait of Sweet Liliana

I've always loved miniatures and love to imagine how treasured these small perfect portraits were to their keepers.These captured reflections could be carried in one's inside pocket close to the heart,or kept under one's pillow to provide comfort in a lonely bed, maybe even hidden hastily in a drawer to disguise a forbidden love.And of course many were made as pieces of jewellery; increasing their portability and preciousness.The beautiful miniature below is from the wonderful collection of Don Shelton

Well I've been wanting to create my own version of a wearable miniature for a while now and so when I met Sweet Liliana I couldn't resist having a go.

Sweet Liliana is a talented Flower Flute player.The Flower Flute is played at sunrise and it is used to awaken and rejuvenate the sleeping flowers in a sad forlorn garden.Liliana dances swiftly amongst the flowers playing her sweet tune,a willowy shadow spreading warmth.

I felt a pale portrait sketch with little colour echoed the ethereal presence Sweet Liliana has and I used pale cream leather,tea dyed lace,cream velvet ribbon and a small button.The piece is very lightweight to wear and was completely hand stitched as usual.I'm very pleased with the final result and hope to try other portraits in this fashion.

On another very much belated note; a while back I was featured on two lovely blogs which I would highly recommend visiting.The first being NoodleBubble a lovely talented lady whose blog is fun,informative and features reviews of books(just up my alley!)The second was Amanda Lincoln a graphic designer and surface pattern designer who has a very pretty blog showcasing her own and other's work which is a feast for the eyes.Thank you to them both.
Take Care

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Foraging For Treasures...loving Liberty

I love beautiful fabrics and anything created with a classic Liberty Tana Lawn always seems to catch my eye.The prints are timelessly beautiful but it's versatility means it always seems fresh and exciting.The wonderful creations I found on Folksy and Etsy below testify to this...and yes, I want them all as usual!

Just click on the item or shop name to be whisked off to the creator's shops(where I'm sure you'll be tempted by they're other gorgeous wares too)
Take care

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Upcycling for good for you.

Every so often I have to take a moment and force myself to create something purely for little old me.It's all too easy to become lost in the process of creating for others and become detached from your loves and needs.I cannot spare lengthy periods of selfish making so I usually embellish or re purpose something I already own.


I own quite a large collection of old knitting bags(however I am not a very accomplished knitter!I'm still working on that)BUT I love the sheer size of them(I carry a great deal with me whenever I go for a saunter)and as they are often handmade; they are made with such wonderful fabrics from the previous owner's collection.This particular bag I chose to embellish is made with an upholstery fabric so I like to think somewhere out there is a chair that would match my new handbag beautifully!

It is not secret how much I like lace doilies so no surprise that I hand stitched one to the front of the bag.To beautify it further I tied on a bow with wide beige grosgrain ribbon.Very simple to do but I really like the finished bag.As this took no time at all I got carried away and started experimenting with some treasures a bit dearer to my heart.

Someone very dear to me gave me a handful of small slices of a young pear tree as he thought I would like them(there was a little more to the conversation but I'm already blushing so I'll stop there)I've had them for a while now and this is my first attempt at using one.Again; it's very simple and uses my old favourite lace but it reminds me of 'him' and myself(dare I say us)I think I'll turn it into a pendant but a knock on the garden gate ended my selfish play so it will have to wait until next time.

Take care and remember be good to yourself too