Monday, May 27, 2013


I recently took part in another fabric postcard swap with the theme 'Recycled' and received this lovely postcard.

My effort was somewhat simpler - although hand-stitching into denim isn't easy, I managed to do it in an afternoon.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I really like the way denim ages and for me it's an obvious choice for recycling but I was very amused recently when I picked up a pair of new jeans, which my nephew had left here to be hemmed. I said that I must do something with them and 4-year-old Emma beamed up at me, "Make a postcard?" I usually let people wear their jeans a few times before I start trying to turn them into something else. After all, they need to be worn and washed repeatedly to get that wonderful unevenly faded effect. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Poppy bag

A few years ago, I started making this bag for a friend but decided to make a journal cover for her instead. I came across the machine-embroidered front a few days ago and decided to finish making it up.

I attached the red poppy with fusible webbing and then machine stitched over it, using a free motion zigzig for the centre. I drew the other poppies with a marking pen before stitching them.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers' Day Gift

Emma helped me dye this fabric, which I made up into a coin purse with a flex frame for her to give to her mother. It is lined with purple fabric (pink and purple are Emma's favourite colours, although her mother might have preferred blue) and filled with chocolates.