Friday, 27 July 2012

Gorgeous Organza Roses


I haven't made these wee organza roses in a while, but I thought I'd share them with you. 

What you need 

 - Organza (different colours)
 - Some card to do your template
 - Good pair of sheers or sharp scissors
 - Sequins/beads
 - Candle
- Felt
-Brooch back
-Glue gun/fabric glue

 Start by cutting out some different sized circles to use as a template.  You need a large one for your base and smaller ones to create the flower shape. I used different sized cups to make sure I got a perfect circle shape.  Then cut out lots and lots and lots of organza circles. 

Once you have done that you need to seal the edges of the organza.  If you want a frayed edge then that is fine, just skip this step.  Get your candle and hold your fabric above it, don't get too close because you can burn yourself and set the fabric on fire.  You just want to melt the edge a little and it doesn't take much heat to do this.

After you have done this you can start placing petals on top of one another.  Once you're happy with your flower put a pin through all the layers to stop the rose falling apart.  

Now the fun bit! Get all your beads, sequins, whatever you want to put in the centre.  Play around with them until your happy and stitch them down.  Then you can remove the pin.  

That's us nearly finished!!  Grab your brooch back, (I buy mine from Etsy), and sew or glue it to the felt circle.  Flip your rose over and glue your small circle of felt on the back to hide your stitches.  Tahh daaaa you have just finished your wee rose :)

Dittery Dot

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Tiny, Cute Embroidery (Part 2)

Hello girlies!

Well I have been stitching like a woman obsessed!  I really wanted to get all my embroidered shelves done.  Not sure what I am going to do with them now . . . maybe frame them in wee hoops.  I'd love to learn how to make a quilt but these patches might be too delicate for that.  

Dittery Dot

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

"The Three Musketeers..."

Hello everyone!

So you may be wondering who the three musketeers are?  Well they are Louise, Kate and myself of course! :)

And here we are.  This photo was taken a few years ago now and we were in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, which was really good fun.  We saw some comedians and bought the flower garlands, (from a wee stall), that you can see in this picture.  We actually got stopped a few times by girls asking where we had gotten them.  Louise is the one with the sunglasses on and Kate has a very pretty blue hat on.  Louise has a blog which is filled with lots of interesting fashion news and lovely pictures, so go and have a look here

Kate had made me a birthday card and I still have it because it just makes me smile every time I look at it.

I really do need a box to make me the same height as them, maybe 2 boxes when they have heels on!

I had noticed the card again while I was attempting to tidy up a bit, and thought I that it would make a really nice stitched design.  So I blew it up on a photocopier because it was too small to stitch as it was.

I used some light cotton for my backing fabric and taped my photocopy and material onto the window.  This made it easier to see the design underneath and was able to trace it onto the fabric.  I know there are lots of other ways to do this but this was easiest for me at the time.  I used 3 strands of anchor cotton to do the black outline.

And here is the finished outline work :) I think it has turned out really well.  I then just used anchor and DMC threads to fill in the hair and clothes etc.  Now I have a lovely patch to sew onto a bag or a t-shirt maybe?

Dittery Dot

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Claire Moynihan

Hello everyone!

Today I have a really lovely interview with the queen of creepy crawlies, Claire Moynihan :D.  I remember when I first saw her work at New Designers in London a few years back.  I was amazed at the detail and how much love and attention that had gone into her work. I picked up her business card and still have it today.  It is lovely to see that she has created many other wonderful pieces.

- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am based in Hertfordshire and have been creating my Bug and Moth Balls for five years, I began making them when I was finishing my degree in Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.  I have always enjoyed drawing and discovered embroidery as a form of drawing with stitch.  I wanted to work with a local and sustainable material so using alpaca wool to make the felt balls, which form the bases of my bug balls, was a great find.

-Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am mad about insects and my knowledge and love of them has grown since I started making them.  My work aims to celebrate insects (particularly British ones) and allows the audience to appreciate them and observe them in a close up way.  I love discovering new insects to try to make, whilst my friends and family share in my enthusiasm for them, often telling me about ones they have spotted or getting me to identify mystery bugs.

-What is your favourite piece of work to date and why?

I would say that the favourite Bug that I have done is the Garden Snail due to the ridiculous level of intricacy and time it takes to create.  I also enjoyed creating a swarm of Bumble Bees last summer for an exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing.

- Do you have any new projects/exhibitions coming up?

I have exhibited my Bug Balls Collections widely and continue to work to commission and make more bugs for future exhibitions.  I am exhibiting this summer at The Marle Gallery in Axminster, Devon and Byard Art Gallery in Cambridge, later in the year my work will be featured in an 'ABC of Artists' at Byard Art and at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead and the London Art Fair in Islington. I am also going to be featured in The Castle Gallery in Inverness at their Christmas Exhibition.  

I would like to say thank you to Claire for letting me write this post and for all the information and photos she supplied :)

Dittery Dot

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Tiny, Cute Embroidery!!!

Hello, hope your having a good day wherever you are :)

I recently purchased a really sweet kit from Etsy.  The owner's shop is called "This Tiny Existence" (in case you also really like it and want to buy it).  

I have just started this kit here.  Although I know how to do satin stitch I have never used it in a project like this before and I am really enjoying it.

This is the first shelf that I have been stitching. I really love the cute wee bunting :)  I only purchased the iron on pattern because I have loads of threads to use up. And here it is all sewn up :) I think it's really pretty!

The next shelf I stitched up was the jars of buttons and flowers and weird little owl thing.

When doing satin stitch you should do the outlines first then fill in the part that's stitched.
Here is the finished shelf :)

I still have two more shelves to do but my eyes are feeling a bit sore so its time to go and watch some TV or read maybe........the hunger games it is then! :P

Dittery Dot

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Amanda Coleman

Hello fellow bloggers!

Today I wanted to post about the very talented, Amanda Coleman.  I came across her work while looking for bird pendants (I love bird jewellery).  Although I don't like it when birds fly to close to me, they freak me out a bit :P

She has loads of lovely designs on her website, from flowers to squirrels -  I loved the wee owl and the raven designs.  I got in contact with her and she said she would like to be featured on my blog.  I have got my information from her website and just set it out in interview style so it reads easier :)

- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Amanda grew up with creativity all around her – she lived as a child in a craft centre in a tiny little place called Staunton Harold in Leicestershire where her parents were potters and painters. She was surrounded by blacksmiths, violin and guitar makers, wood turners, wool spinners, soft toy makers, artisan bakers… the list goes on. Amanda had always dabbled at making clay animals to sell for pocket money in the pottery and it’s not surprising that at the age of thirteen Amanda had already started a little business making buttons out of polymer clay and selling them to shops in Derby and Nottingham.

- What made you decide to pursue a career in Jewellery?

Amanda had always known she would have a career making and chose to study 3D design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham and got completely enthralled by the sight, sound, smells and pure power of the forge. Fortunately they also did jewellery on the same course.  Amanda soon discovered it was far too much hard work banging away at iron all day long and she was much more suited to sitting down at the jewellery bench, working on tiny, intricate pieces of precious metals. She then opted for a further one year’s residency at the Bishopsland Workshops in Reading and then was fortunate to gain a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.

Amanda Graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998 and promptly set up a workshop in Clerkenwell, London with the help from the Crafts Council and the Prince’s Youth Business Trust. Ever since then Amanda has been making and developing her designs into jewellery collections that aim to satisfy her thirst for experimentation and pushing her interest in jewellery construction techniques in a style all of her own. It is important to Amanda that the jewellery not only appeals to herself and her customers but most important of all it is affordable.

- Where do you get your inspiration from?

Becoming a mother and seeing the world fresh, through the eyes of her children has further influenced her work. It has ignited her interest in fairytales, mystery and magic and developed a fascination of bugs and flowers that might have previously gone unnoticed. Amanda continues to make all of her work (with a little help from some elves) by hand and supplies shops and galleries across the UK, Europe and Japan.

- Do you have any new projects/exhibitions coming up?

 I have showcase at Yorkshire sculpture park from July 1st to September 2nd. Otherwise I'm constantly getting new stockists all around the country.

I would just like to thank Amanda for letting me feature her in this post.  All images in this post are copyright of Amanda Coleman.

Dittery Dot

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Button Stools :)

Hello lovely people!

I started this project about two months ago I think and it's finally finished :D  My Grampy was sorting out some bits and bobs and I saw that he had two stools that he was going to throw out.  They used to be in the greenhouse, so they were a bit dirty and scuffed.  

So I got my Dad to look out sanding paper, white paint and base coat, so I could start transforming them into works of art!


So I got them painted and I ordered some decals from Etsy.  They were just the right size for the tops of the stools.  I got them from design splash and the shop owner was really lovely and helpful :)  They included clear instructions on how to prepare your surface and how to stick the decal down.  They advise waiting for 2 weeks after you have painted your stool etc because it lets the paint settle, and helps the decal stick better.

Now I have two cute stools for the house yay!!!  When I showed Grampy a picture of them he said could he have them back because they looked so nice :P

Dittery Dot