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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cross stitch - Handbags

I finally finished a piece of cross stitch.   I feel that this is quite an achievement and hopefully I will continue finishing some more work in 2014.
Just need to get it washed, ironed and framed. 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Cross Stitch - Chinese Junk

I have just finished making this picture in cross stitch and have had it framed.   I did make it for a friend  but I am not sure if they are going to get it now as I think it will look lovely in my bedroom. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Dress card

I just finished making this card for my friend Rochelle.   I started making card sometime ago but decided that I must finish all the cross stitch I have started before I start anything else or even thinking of buying anything else.  Love this little dress!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Cross Stitch - US Army

I can finally add this cross stitch to my crafting blog.  I have been holding on to it until I was able to give it to Cindy and Jim Brown.   Cindy and I have been pen pals for over 40 years and we met for the first time in December 2010, we met again as we both passing through Heathrow in May 2011 and this third time in London, November 2011.  

Jim is in the US Army and both he and Cindy have travelled all over the US and Europe with his job.  I wanted to make them something that they could keep and treasure for the future and to remind them of all their travels. 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Wedding Invites are completed.

I finally finished the wedding invites for my friend Laura, all 75 are now done, plus a few extras, just in case.  They have been safely delivered to the brides Mum.  There is a blue theme to the wedding so Laura wanted a bit of blue to be included in the invites plus she also wanted a little bit of the Asia too.  Laura is a cat lover and as she now lives in Singapore, so I chose, with Laura's approval, a swinging arm cat (Maneki Neko) to be stamped in blue to the envelopes.  

The invites are a very simple design with a vellum attached to the front of the card.  The vellum has hearts, rings, champagne glasses, etc.  then with a one inch square punched out and silver looped rings showing through.  The inserts where printed in blue with a typeface chosen by Laura.   

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Wedding Invites in the making

I started to make some wedding invites today now I have everything I need and the approval of the bride and groom.  I only spent the morning on this, as it was such a lovely day, so the task is not yet complete.  Updates to follow

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Using serviettes

Oops it is awhile since I put anything on this site, obviously too busy doing other things!

But I thought I would put on how to use serviettes on some wooden or papier mache items.  There are several methods but this one I found really useful especially if the item is flat. 

Coat the item (wood / papier mache) with a good think layer of Mod Podge and leave to dry. I have used the serviettes on plain wood or papier-mache items like pot holders, boxes and coasters.

Serviettes are usually 3 layers, 2 plain and one with the pattern you want to use, peel off the 2 plain layers of tissue from the back of the serviette leaving the patterned top layer only. (it is sometime difficult getting off both layers, but it is important to be left with only the top pattern layer!)

Place the thin patterned tissue on top of the item (that you have coated with mod podge) and then place the ironing paper* on the top. Iron using a fairly hot iron. (not set on the steam setting)

(*Baking paper can be used instead of the ironing paper but this can start to discolour after several uses ironing paper is made by Hama and is usually sold where you find the Hama beads)

The Mod Podge softens and the tissue will stick to the Mod Podge coated item.

Because the serviette tissue is so thin you can see the base colour of the item will show through the tissue. So you can paint the item first with a water based paint then coat with a couple of coats of the Mod Podge, then coat with a few more coats of Mod Podge to ensure it all sealed.

Of course if your item is not flat you may have to forget the ironing bit – but wrinkled is good too.