Monday, 11 November 2013
Bangles and Baubles ....
I make no apology for using a similar header photo from last time, as I have been continuing with the felt work this weekend. Refining the process of creating the bangles is a delight, as more and more ideas emerge. I have been feeling a bit under the weather, both meteorologically and physically, lately, and have needed the 'colour fix', and felt has certainly fitted the bill!
So more pincushions have arrived, giving opportunity to mix colours and create texture with chunky stitching and appliqué.
Ideas buzzing in my head for decorating the bangles. Still debating to bead or not to bead!
A change from the bright primaries, more of a 'woodland vibe' with these, and using a smaller core.
Also I have designed another large angel panel - it uses a LOT of felt but I love the effect of the layers.
I start with a design on freezer paper. Then I colour the outline of each layer so I can see which one to cut in which felt. This is the 'master copy'. I then trace, again on freezer paper, each layer seperately, and cut them out, iron onto the appropriate colour felt, and cut out.
When I layer the felt pieces up there are often minor adjustments to make. I'm starting to think now, about how each piece will be embellished, and time is spent very happily making my selection of threads.
Here you can see the start I've made on the wings. I try and do as much embroidery as possible on just two layers, to avoid trying to get the needle through too much felt.Also, it's easier to manipulate smaller pieces.
I also finished the Wingèd Heart which you saw as cut pieces in the previous post.
So there it is. And I shall be stitching today as well. Though I wouldn't want you to think I have been neglecting the shopping / housework / mum stuff/ ironing .......oh, well, perhaps I have neglected the ironing, but there's no change there! I hope you have kept yourselves warm and happy over the cold weekend.