Monday, November 29, 2010

Kris Kringle

Christmas is coming - along with the common requests for Kris Kringle gifts. This year, I decided that, rather than wasting my energy trying to find something appropriate within the specified price range, I would use it as an opportunity to explore some textile techniques. I started this bookmark by knitting three yarns together on very large (15mm) needles. I then needlefelted it all over before machine embroidering over the top. It is finished off with a machined buttonhole stitch around the edges. I hope the recipient likes it but I've had fun playing around - more enjoyable than shopping.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


It's a long time since I last added anything to blog, not because I haven't been doing anything but because I either haven't finished things (a very long list) or I haven't managed to get a photo of it. I made this bowl of strawberries for the ACT Textile Arts exhibition back in September but forgot to photograph it before handing it over and I've only just got it back. The strawberries are made out of satin and the bowl is crocheted.

The theme for this year's exhibition was A Garden Tea Party. Members, either singly or in groups, made everything imaginable, including cakes, sandwiches, a tree, lots of leaves, flowers and even a couple of 'people'. I was really looking forward to seeing it but, unfortunately, came down with a very heavy cold and couldn't go anywhere.