Friday, 28 September 2012

TAST 39 and Wooden Sew

These wooden letters were a present from Vicky, she made them with a laser cutter, nice eh?

The Take a stitch Tuesday challenge this week is Knotted buttonhole stitch. I like this stitch but I've just added a row to this crazy patchwork piece. Needs lots more doing to it but I've not been in the right mood this week.

This is an old sample from when we did this stitch in 2010.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Bird [3M]

Three Muses challenge - Bird.
I wrote the words 'dog eared' because the birds wings are actually dog's ears which I cut from a found image of a dog. The rest is pen and watercolours.

Monday, 24 September 2012


Take a word - the challenge word this week is blue. I made my digital collage from pictures of my handmade rolling stamp samples.
I also altered this photo which was taken a few years ago in Spain. The original picture is below too.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

TAST 38, Molly & Slippers

Take a stitch Tuesday - Drizzle stitch. This one is a bit like casting on in knitting and involves a lot of threading and un-threading needles. I've used it to add more flowers to the ongoing picture.

I have been looking after Molly this week while my son was on holiday in Rhodes. She was helping here with my craft work!
I bought her a new dog toy which I gave her on Thursday. After ten minutes the arms, one ear and half of its body were gone. On Friday it was like this..
My son came back and brought me a gift of handmade slippers - better not let the dog near them!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Faces, Lollypop Lady, Pendant and Brooch

Painted faces - their hats are found images, a crown, a plant pot, a vase and a kitchen pot.

This lollypop lady is made from an image of a real ice lollypop

I can't remember who these are 'supposed' to be! Does anybody recognize anyone?

More items in my misi shop

Art you can wear - A pendant and on either side there is a miniature collage of miniature papers

And an embroidered brooch

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

SC- Patterns

I've chosen these pages from the ones remaining in sketchbook 19 for the sketchbook challenge of the month - patterns.
I have used watercolours and pens on all of them. The top has some found cherubs and there is textured folded artwork on the one below.

the iris is a found image

the text on the two below was torn from a print

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sketchbook, Art Buttons and Embroidered Brooch

pen & watercolour drawing of bird, found crown image

painted/stamped paper bunny
and pen drawing of bunny

watercolour & pen doodle

Brooch and art buttons now available in Misi shop

A patchwork of vintage fabrics in black and white embellished with French Knots

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sunday, 16 September 2012

More TAST 37

Another sample for the Take a stitch Tuesday challenge - pistil stitch
This is an ATC and it is made with two different fabrics woven together. It was inspired by the book by Anna Faustino called Simply Stunning Woven Quilts.
I've used pearl threads and sewn on beads around some of the knots.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Take a stitch Tuesday - Pistil Stitch
This is a variation of a French Knot which I have never done before, why not I ask myself as I love French Knots. It is written about in my stitch book under another name, but there are no pretty pictures to go with it, so that is probably why I have never done it. 
A pistil is part of a flower, and I've used the stitch to make my version of alliums. I used cotton pearl threads, two shades on the lower picture, although the colours look very close. I used the stitch for the stalks too, although I wished I'd used a different shade of green. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Three Muses challenge - turquoise.
I like the colour turquoise.
The background was created digitally and the swirling pattern was paint - I made a stamp from wallpaper.

Monday, 10 September 2012

House and Tree Brooch, Sketchbook Pages

Another brooch - this one is made from textured fabrics, hand made felted tree and machine stitching. Available on Folksy.

The orange part of the book is textured paper.

I cut the shape of the bird from a coloured page in a magazine

The biscuits were in a magazine, I drew on eyes and mouths to make them look like faces.

The figures were shapes roughly cut from a magazine

Thursday, 6 September 2012

WIP Flower Embroidery

I wasn't sure whether to include this in Take a stitch Tuesday or Work in progress Wednesday, either can be found on the pintangle site. It is work in progress but also includes some TAST embroidery stitches and this week is a catch up week on TAST. [we can create an interesting visual piece using 3-6 of the stitches already used]. The yellow stitches on the top right have been shown last week but the other yellow ones are new, a variation of sheaf stitch which we did last week. The purple are lazy daisy, the orange are French knots and ?, the blue are fly stitches.

The purple are fern stitch
and the orange ?- like two fly stitches joined together

All parts of a bigger piece which I will reveal at a later date.