Tag Archives: Embroidery

Out Of Focus! :(

My mantra for 2019 is ‘focus’.  Focus on the main game, which is for me is visual art.  I’m battling though, mostly because I have ‘tennis elbow’ and a torn tendon of my dominant arm.

So once again needlework has been my primary creative outlet, this time because for some reason it hurts less than drawing or painting…

I have been attending a small painting group which has helped me to at least attempt a work in ink – a work in progress.

Here are some pics of my creations in the past month or so.  Next time there will be a work of art to show – there will, there will…

😀
Helen

For Maren Due On Australia Day

My great niece was due on Australia Day which explains my choice of colours! She was born in England more than a week late but healthy. 😊

 

Going With The Flow

I decided I needed an embroidery travel case.  I just started stitching on a remnant and did whatever came into my head.  I wish I could paint that way!

Then I decided I needed a lightweight travel wallet!  Made with scraps and a zip in my stash.

Boro Wallet -Front

Back

Inside

And a grandson wanted a blue t-shirt with a Paw Patrol Plane – what’s a Nana to do?!

Paw Patrol Aeroplane T-Shirt and Shorts – Handmade With Love

I made more items but you can have too much of a good thing, can’t you?!

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Wild Stitch Art

I used some of my wildflower painting designs as embroidery motifs for a set of napkins while stitching as a passenger – travelling home to Western Australia.

I think the translation worked quite well. Any wonkiness reflects the state of the roads not me 😉

🙂

Helen

Sketches to Stitches

Rough sketches were translated to stitches – on the road.

  • Esperance Western Australia to Eucla
  • Eucla to Ceduna South Australia

Sketches to Stitches #1

  • Ceduna to Port Lincoln South Australia
  • Port Lincoln to Winchelsea Victoria

Sketches to Stitches #2

The sketches were much easier and quicker than the embroidery – but I’ve never tried sketching as a passenger!

Happy travels, happy stitching!

🙂

Helen

The Debate Continues….

I’m glad I didn’t make any New Year resolutions for 2018 – especially not ‘Make more art!’

On reflection though, I have been drawing designs, selecting ‘supports’, composing,  coordinating colours, improvising, turning mistakes into happy accidents – so making a different kind of art – or is it craft? 😀

😊

Helen

For the record

Just for the record – I was very creative in December but produced no art 😦

I dislike the commercialism of Christmas but love spending time with family and friends during the ‘silly’ season and like to give gifts – so I make many of them. Sometimes I supplement a hand made item with a complementary purchased one.

I was a proud Mumma when son Leo declared it was much easier to buy a gift than make one – it means he realises the value of a unique, handmade present and the effort, skill and attention behind it.

This collage captures some of the things I made in the final month or two of 2017.

No Art in December 2017

I think I should make a resolution for 2018 – “Make more art!”

🙂

Helen

Silver Lining

At least lying down low in Alice Springs due to flu gave me the opportunity to  sew another napkin inspired by thoughts of home and our chooks.

4 down, 4 to go!  The aim is to reduce our use of paper napkins but I need to get over my reluctance to dirty these!

Chook Napkins 

Without all the luxuries of home on board I traced my sketches, used a needle to punch holes in the tracing, placed the tracing on the fabric and went over it with an erasable pen.  Just enough of the pen got through the holes for me to then complete the drawing freehand.

Thankfully we’re now both improved enough to head to Curtin Springs tomorrow.

Hooroo

😊

Helen