Monday, 12 November 2007


I've just joined my first swap with Fibre Art Traders and will be sending these three pincushions to three members around the world in return for three pincushions from another three members. Does that sound complicated? It isn't really.

I had fun making these but I wish I'd been a bit more adventurous as some of the other pincushions in the trade are beautiful and very imaginative. I have to post (mail) mine, once my partners have been assigned, by Friday and then I just wait for the postman to call.

I fell out with my sewing machine the other day - free machining and I are not getting on so far. But, yesterday I went back to straight stitching and had fun with the fibre I fused a couple of weeks ago. So far I have machined a grid onto it and I am planning to use the hot gun and/or soldering iron on it to burn back the top layer and expose the layers beneath. I'm not sure whether I will get any more done to it this weeks as we have 2 hospital visits to make with my poor DH - just for tests but neither will be very pleasant.

A few days ago I blogged about some projects I had started. One of them uses the foils I bought from Fibreinform and as I'm too impatient to wait I'll let you have a look at the WIP now

The effect is sumptuous and I have yet to decide what I am going to make it into. I have taken a synthetic velvet and bonded to it a sheet of Bondaweb painted with an acrylic metallic paint, then I sandwiched angelina fibres on top of the Bondaweb with organza. I have now stitched the organza down with a gold metallic thread and am waiting for some inspiration to help me to proceed. The idea came from

I've painted some more layers on my fabric paper but I can't show that as it's drying out in my studio so I'll post it later.


Gina said...

Lovely pin cushions and your foiled fabric looks gorgeous Julie. Hugs and best wishes to DH!

Purple Missus said...

Your little pincushions are lovely, especially the one in the middle with the hand - it looks like someone is inside trying to escape :)
Both these surfaces are looking good. The colours in both are wonderful and as you say the foiled surface is just sumptous.

artisbliss said...

The pincushions are sweet. I love your foiled surfaces. Looks like you're having fun! Thanks for visiting my blog.

sharon young said...

Hi Julie
Your pin cushions are great, lovely fun colours. I like your foil experiments too. Particularly the first one it look gorgeous in the closeup. The gold stitching really sets it off.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Good luck to your DH hpoe all goes well.

Becky Vigor said...

I love your velvet and foil piece, the effect of the layering is amazing and has so much depth. I must have a go at that technique. Also, please let me know what you think of the fused fibre book, I'm curious!

katelnorth said...

Great pincushions - I keep seeing great pincushions and complementing them (not just on your blog) - is this a sign from the great goddess of crafting that I need to make pincushions?