Tags 28-32

Tag 28-Spiders wheels

I enjoyed this tag, all about the stitch. The top one was a woven one, sadly I spotted a mistake, but never mine. I prefer the bottom one which is wrapped.

Tag 29-using the scraps

The idea if this tag was to create texture using the threads leftover in a needle and saved. I thought it looked messy on the video and could see bits falling off, so I trapped my threads under a piece of net. It lacks the texture so I added french knots. Quite like the result.

Tag 30-a wearable tag.

Brief was to make a tag to wear and take a picture wearing it. I knew I wouldn’t wear it so the safety pin is really just to show willing.
Showing willing.

Tag 31-Bling.

Adding more and more gold. Great fun to do but we have done a similar one before.

Tag 32-Lazy Daisy Stitch.

I loved this tag. I write something about the week that has gone by on the back of each tag, already I am enjoying reading them back. I wanted this one to be very pretty, as my grand daughter Baby P was born this week.

These tags are created following videos made by Anne Brookes. They are on you tube, #52hannemadetags, and on Instagram and Facebook.

Tags, 24-27

Time is really flying at the moment. Here are the next four tags. Tag 24 was to create a bouquet of flowers tied with ribbon or in a vase. I opted for the ribbon since I just happened to have one in need of a job.

I choose the colours to go with the ribbon.

A really enjoyable tag with lots of stitching.

Tag 27, weaving.

Weaving with lots of textures and added tassles.

Another enjoyable tag. Took time but good fun.

And there we were at the half way mark for which we all deserved a medal.

Dorset button medal for me.

Tag 27- beaded tassles. This was also highly enjoyable.

Woman at work!
Lovely bit of sparkle.

I am really enjoying making these tags.

52 Handmade Tags- January

Sometimes something comes along, and it just keeps coming back again and again, until you think Yes this is for me. It first cropped up on Facebook and Untangled Threads- Helen mentioned it, others who had participated said they were joining in, pictures appeared… then I read https://chasingstories.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/3-things-plus-a-few-more/ Julianne’s post. And I thought that might just be the project I was looking for.

I followed her link to Anne’s You Tubehttps://www.youtube.com/c/AnneBrookeTextileArtist

and I was hooked. A small project running through 2021, not too big a time commitment, using all those scraps I’ve been saving for a rainy day, and one that would enable me to explore colour- something that had arisen from my reading of Julia Cameron’s book- The Artist’s Way- the retirement version.

I ordered my tabs, I waited very impatiently for the delivery man. I don’t think I have waited for a delivery so much for quite a while.

It came, oh joy. I set to work.

pins, buttons, bits of fabric and stuff
My white tag- symbolising new beginings and a brand New Year.

Each week there will be a new You Tube video, and a new tab to make- to adapt to do with as we like to make our own.

Week two – was hearts- I did something different to the video.

Keeping it simple.

As it happens my brother’s birthday fell during the second week of January. He would have been 65 this year, but sadly passed away in 2019 from a brain tumour. He was my baby brother, larger than life, and has left a great big gaping hole in the family. This heart was for him and those of us who miss him terribly.

Week three- faux chenille- a chance to use the scraps of fabric dyed whilst completing the stitchbook.

One of the techniques we used in the Stitchbook, so this one was dedicated to the group.
Dedicated to the Stitchbookers.

The embroideries are attached with stitches to create a border on the back for writing- what you write is up to the individual.

Week Four- fern stitch- each month there wil be a new stitch to try.

I love fern stitch- one of my favourite, couldn’t resist adding french knots.
This is such fun.
All four together

Now to stitch the next ones, can’t wait. It’s the perfect project for 2021. I wondered if anyone else had found their perfect project for this year yet?

The Stitchbook- Kunin Felt

I am still very much in catch up with the stitchbook project. Whilst others are putting the finishing touches to the covers, I am slowly working my way through the last boxes and having fun. The pressure to be done by October is off as is the Knitting and Sticthing Show in November where they were going to be displayed. 2021 here they come.

This is the next box I tackled.

It’s all about making flowers by melting felt over a tea light. First cut a circle then cut into it to create petals, hover over a flame, moving it all the time.

A mock up of how the page will be .

All melted.

You can also melt holes. Not sure what to do with those now. I tried to melt the off cuts, it didn’t work. And if by any chance you drop one into the flame all that happens is you get a piece of felt covered in wax and the flame goes out.

So that’s my first sample all ready to be stitched on the page.

Sample two is to make a collage

I saw a garden gate and a cottage garden.

Not quite sure what I make of this- I did enjoy it a lot, but the felt is hard to come by as it has apparently become very popular, so I won’t be using it gain for a while at least.

Making marks

The Stitchbook project organised by Helen at Untangled Threads starts in September. However there is starter kit to get us used to slow stitching and mark making.

Exercise one is in mark making, first to divide the calico into boxes, and then to start making marks, slowly, with thought, mindfully.

Using black thread of varying thicknesses.

It has led me to thinking of marks in the environment.

The neat furrows in a ploughed field.

Catkins and branches against clouds and blue sky.

This waterlogged track, the grass and trees.

I am looking forward to this journey to find my voice through stitch.