Before the shopping another of those little blog quizzes. I like this one!
|Your Inner Child Is Surprised|
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.
http://www.blogthings.com/howisyourinnerchildquiz/">How Is Your Inner Child?
OK, as promised, confession is good for the soul! VBG!
The card in the selection above came from the Visions exhibition and I bought it to remind me of the techniques used in one of the exhibits. I like the idea of combining different materials (fabrics and paper) with stitch and embellishments to create a new descriptive surface. I was very impressed (no pun intended!) with the quality of the stamps from The English Stamp Company. I bought a little bird stamp which I think should give me lots of use both on paper and fabric surfaces but I may well order more from them in time. I walked round the whole of the Hobbycraft Exhibition looking for the alcohol inks and found them on the last stall I came to, just inside the door! Grrrrrr! I would rather have spent the hour it took seeing more in the sewing hall.
This was a bargain! Yay! The edging was £1 a metre and the buttons, ribbon and chain cost £1 for the lot! Yippee! I love a bargain! :) BTW I'm not sure what to do with the chain. Should I rust the whole thing so I can then use it to rust-dye fabric or should I separate part of it off to use as an embellishment? I am very tempted to rust the whole thing......
As you can see the edging is sequined and sparkly.
I did get tempted on the Stef Francis stand, well it's hard not to be! tThe colours a bit off. The blues are more turquoise and the red is more pink/purply. Computers!!
This is a study pack of African fabrics and a piece of batik cloth which I thought would be useful in backgrounds. The fabric includes wax print, three cats fabric, kola nut & indigo dyed, hand dyed batik, adire - indigo resist fabric and mudcloth. The fabrics vary in texture, some being quite firm and others soft and yielding. Many of the patterns and symbols have meaning.
Last but not least, is this lovely yarn from Arthur Ridley. Again the colours have not reproduced well and are much more vivid in life. Arthur Ridley works with the embellisher as well as embroidery and his work is stunning. The little envelope contains embellisher needles which Arthur assured me will fit any machine! I hope he's right!