Friday, November 28, 2014

Modern Bird Pins

Hand dyed wool is marvelous for the pop of color it offers.  These modern birds with pins on the back showcase the wool and a variety of embroidery stitches.  Each one is unique.

The shape is a modern take on a scandinavian bird motif.  The color is hand appliqued on top of black felted wool.  Running stitch, stem stitch, french knots and an open buttonhole stitch fill the body with bold black lines.

Taking these to Mighty Tieton Craft and Antiques Holiday Bazaar next weekend.  Still lots to do before then.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stick Tree in wool

Prepping for the Mighty Tieton Craft and Antiques Bazaar December 6 and 7.  I'm taking some felt applique pillows.  This is a new technique using strips of hand dyed wool - great for those little scraps I couldn't quite toss out.  Now they're featured in this cozy pillow.

It starts with a few strips pinned in place, and woven together for form a tree.  Using a variety of threads, each strip is hand appliqued down - over and under the other strips.  Pins keep the strips straight while stitching.

And then a red bird topped it off.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Embellished Felted wool leaves

Inspired by Sue Spargo's book Creative Stitching,  I have yet to tire of stitching embellished leaves.  No two are alike.  Texture.  Color.  Mixing cottons and wool felts.  Some repurposed and some hand dyed.  These keychains go with me to The Mighty Tieton Holiday Crafts and Antiques show December 6 and 7 in Tieton WA. 

Mighty Tieton Holiday Crafts Bazaar 

Our workshop is hopping with fabulous wooly felted balls, glorious garland, tiny acorns, lavender handwarmers and embellished felted wool necessitites.