torsdag 27. november 2008

Book Cover

Some time ago I found a tutorial on Gina's blog for a book cover. I think it's a great way using scraps. This is my first attempt, and I think it turned out OK. The flower is also made from scrap, some painted and heat distressed Tyvek from another project. You'll find the tutorial here.

mandag 24. november 2008

Postcards


Annica sent me the first postcard and also the lovely tag. Thanks Annica, your embroidery is great, and the colours are beautiful.
The second card I posted to Mieke in The Netherlands today. It's called "Blue December Night" and it's a warming up swap for a fabric book swap we have signed up for next year. It's very difficult to photograph Angelina and glitter, with flash the shiny parts become too shiny, and without the flash everything looks dull....Anyway, I hope Mieke will enjoy the card.

torsdag 13. november 2008

Play time

Some weeks ago, I signed up for my first class ever, an online class called "Textured Surfaces" by the talented ladies Carol McFee and Lynda Monk. Some of you will know them from FibreinForm I think. So, I've spent hours playing with different paints, both acrylic, textile and silk, puff paint, moulding paste, gesso, latex paint, inks, bleech and you name it all! Great fun! The photos show a few (very few) of my samples. The first two became postcards, 4 x 6". I used plastic lace and puff paint before paint and ink and some metallic rub ons.

For the door I made a stencil of freezer paper and added moulding paste before I painted it all and appliqued the door and free hand quilted the piece. The size is 8,5 x 11,5", perfect for my fabric journal!
The blue sample is fabric painted with household paint which was covered with diluted PVA glue and when the glue was wet I added a piece of grunge board and some torned textured paper. When all had dried, I painted with several layers of acrylic paints.

The last sample is called "Puff - the painted dragon" - I suppose some of you remember the song about Puff the magic dragon........He's of course made of puff paint and then painted. It was very difficult to photograph this piece, it's much more shiny copper and metallic green than the photo shows.
My next samples will show the use of writing ink and bleech on couched yarn - I've had some problems with finding the right inks for this use, but today I found black and blue.......

fredag 7. november 2008

Christmas Ornaments

I've signed up for Beate Knappe's International Christmas Ornament Swap. These are two of my entries. I think the elk/moose turned out quite nice, I'm not that happy with the pig! Anyway I think both of them are a nice "twist" on the old heart pattern which is a common ornament in Scandinavia. Usually the hearts are made of paper. I've used felt, and of course I put some sweets inside!!

torsdag 6. november 2008

Goodies from UK


Some days ago, I won a giveaway on Guzziesue's blog. She had made a beautiful bobbin lace bookmark, and I was so happy that I was the lucky one to win it. Today I found a big envelope in my mailbox, and inside it so many gifts!! A shoppingbag from Germany, a gorgeous magazine called "Stitch", beads, charms, badges, a lovely little felted brooch (the green bird), tea, chocolate, fancy yarn - and the bookmark which is so lovely. The close up is here:
Thank you so much Sue, I'm overwhelmed!!

lørdag 1. november 2008

Post # 100 - Draw of my Giveaway

The second post for today, and it's also my post # 100. My husband was responsible for the draw, and the winners are:

Gudveig and Kicsikatò. Can you please mail me your post addresses??

Thank you so much to all of you for the friendly and encouraging comments, they are all highly appreciated.











Post #99 - Goodies in the Mail

Look what I found in my mailbox today!! This is Gina's quilt for me in Another Little Quilt Swap #2 . I have followed the "birth" of this quilt on Gina's blog, and I was hoping she made it for me - which she did!!
And this is what I also found in the envelope: the most beautiful calendar for 2009 from Wales, actually I should have made 12 posts just to show the photos; they are gorgeous. I've been in Wales once, and I know the landscape is beautiful. Then I found a lovely card, 4 terrific fat quarterts, the November issue of Patchwork and Quilting and a box of peppermint chocolates......How did you know I love peppermint chocolate, Gina?? Thanks a lot for everything, I'm overwhelmed!!
If you like/love Labradors, and you haven't visited Gina's blog, please do. She has some wonderful photos and videos of Stanley there. I love them all - maybe because I'm the happy and sometimes frustrated Mum of a black Labrador??