Friday, 25 November 2011

Strange fruit and vegs and other things.

I am at least three-quarters of the way through module 1 of the course I am doing and have been having a lovely time printing with apples and potatoes recently. I don't know if it is just the dull natural light or if my laptop needs adjusting as everything I post seems to look wishy-washy compared with it's actual colour although the colours look quite accurate in the camera.
I used a Brussels sprout and lemon to make other prints and was quite surprised by how well they worked. All the work will be posted on my other blog when I have completed the chapter.


At my group's December meeting we each take a handmade Christmas card, put them all in the middle of the table and take one each. I made mine this year from strips of sari ribbon sewn down onto a backing fabric with various decorative automatic stitches. I then cut out three different bauble shapes and stuck them onto a card and gave them a cord and gold ribbon bow. All I have to do now is remember to take it with me!


This is another page from my book and represents the line 'I think how lovely it will be when all my flowers are there to see'. This picture looks washed out too although the thread colours are reasonably accurate. I might need to carefully press each page when it is complete - all the handling is making it look more rustic than I intended!


I cheated with this page - 'the sky is full of butterflies' - and stuck on a variety of ready made butterlies. The smallest ones are tiny buttons with their shanks cut off and the others were a sort of decorative braid and all joined together in a long strip. I have painted over their original colours which weren't at all suitable but I'm not sure that what I have ended up with is suitable.


I have just had a nice surprise and learned that I have won one of Maggie Grey's Birdie brooches in her giveaway. I will post a photo of it when I receive it. I can't say I never win anything now, can I?







14 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

That is the best Christmas card I have seen to date this year Heather - well done indeed.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow Heather - what inspiration - i must develop my sewing skill - notice the singular - skill! lol!

Toffeeapple said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creativity Heather.

Celia said...

Your printing ideas are inspiring! I had success with an onion - quite surprising what you get, although it can be a bit of a weepy process!

sweetypie said...

those pages are lovely,your making me jealous

Carol Q said...

congrats on the Maggie Grey win Heather - how lovely. great idea with the Sari ribbon - doesn't it make lovely baubles. you have been busy!

Lyn said...

It looks so pretty, you are working very hard on your little book.
xxx

sharon young said...

More beautiful work, heather, your colours look great to me. I like your stitching over the scrim very effective .

Heavens2Betsy said...

Heather your pages are divine and I am totally in awe of your ability. Is there a thing as too rustic?! penny

Maggi said...

More beautiful pages Heather. Congratulations on your win and I believe it is not the only one either?

MargaretR said...

Congratualtions on winning Maggie's Birdie. You are obviously still enjoying your course and that little book of your is fantastic.

Robin Mac said...

I love your Christmas card - so effective. I have done lots of printing with potato cuts, but have never tried the other fruits - something else to add to the list of 'to try'......where do you find the time to make those lovely pages as well. Saw you had won Maggie Grey's birdie - good for you. Cheers

MulticoloredPieces said...

Cool ornaments and I really enjoyed your garden book.
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Ro Bruhn said...

Love your fruit and veg stamps and your Christmas card is fabulous, as are your journal pages.