Monday, 29 August 2011

Little Giraffe's Birthday Party

Here the little Giraffe is getting balloons from all the other giraffes. The picture is a companion for my jolly cats. The inspiration came from the same place and again I changed the picture to be more "mine".

I used machine appliqueuíng and hand embroidery like the last time.

 I like the big giraffe's messy balloon strings!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Retro Cats

I saw a delightful retro style poster in pinkfriday's blog displaying two playful cats. I got very bad attack of wanties and tried first to find out where I might buy the said picture. I could not find it. (Although I did not ask the blogger, which would have been the logical thing to do).

Then I thought that this could be a perfect paper cut project. I really wanted it in minimum A3 size and as I live in the sticks there is nowhere to buy coloured A3 paper. Buying it on the net in two colours with postage would have pumped the price up to unacceptable. I then had a marvelous idea; I could do my version in fabric! Applique would be the answer. I used machine applique and hand embroidery to make the picture.

As you see I changed it slightly from the original to be more "mine". Nevertheless I also admit that this is copying, but for private use only, no intention to sell. I put it in a cheap IKEA frame, which I painted orange red. I also left the glass bit out, as it looks better without. have you been "borrowing" ideas lately?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Jolly Pinny

I made this happy pinny for a little girl as a surprise. I used a thrift shop table cloth as the main fabric and added big polka dot details from the stash. I like it a lot and thought that I might just have a rummage to see if there are  more nice fabrics like this!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cushions and a Curtain

Hello there! I am sewing a lot and posting very little. Here are some cushions to bolster Elf son and visiting children at our dining table. Elf Son is quite tall, but lacks just a few centimetres to be really comfortable at the table. I thought that it would be nice to have some in happy colours to sit on.

I had a sit on the red/pink one today myself and am pondering whether I want one for myself (I am not tall at all. I almost asked for a cushion at a restaurant, when we got one for Elf son today ; ).

The little room has got a "curtain" now. I don't like curtains and either have blinds or black out blinds combined with a little "pelmet" like this.

I sew it from grey linen bought in IKEA and some cottons from my stash.

Despite lining it, the back light does show the two seams I had to make for my coloured stripes to be long enough. I cheated by leaving the black out curtain hanging behind the pelmet to stop the light shining through.
 I used a crocheted sofa arm protector/table cloth/something, which I found in the charity shop to make the cute snow flakes with buttons in the centre.