Let me state up front that the Sewing Machine and I have never been friends. But a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I used to make embroidery and cross-stitch pictures (still have them dotted about my house). And although I don’t work with needles any more, I truly admire the work of those who do.
In a previous post I introduced you to my friend Doreen and the magical fantasy inspired dolls she creates. I mentioned that she is also a magnificent quilt maker and one day when I get hold of some photos of her quilts I’ll share those with you too. But right now I want to show you her latest adventures with the needle.
Have a look at these gorgeous book covers that she’s been playing with. Apparently she was just experimenting and “…was so pleased with the result that I made visual diary covers with them.”
Well I have to say, If I could produce stuff like this I’d be pretty pleased with the result too. The blue one is machine embroidered over velvet and organza fabrics using variegated threads. How sumptuous is it??
And the tree is made from Xpandaprint dimensional paint and painted. The leaves are tyvec and angelina fibre. The background was hand dyed too. Is there no end to this woman’s talent?
And an extra tasty item for all you fabric and sewing enthusiasts is this link to Glenda Bailey’s Needlefelted Postcards blog. This is a feast of glorious inspiration for artists and crafters alike. Check it out and let me know what you think.