Swirls and Sequins

I can now share with you the project that my last sneak peek was for. I made this beautiful picture for my future mother in law, for her birthday last week:

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I used the techniques from a recent Embroiderers’ Guild day school with Crazy Mary, and just went to town with the swirls of soft white wool. It is all on a background of off white fabric, with a layer of organza, and then gold machine stitching and hand applied sequins:

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I absolutely love it, and luckily Kath does too!

Experimenting with the Drum Carder

I spent a thoroughly lovely morning setting up my drum carder and making some beautiful batts. I had put the carder away before moving house a couple of years ago, and it had a part completed red batt on it, which turned out like this.

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I had hand dyed some Bluefaced Leicester in beautiful shades of pink and green, so I used those colours as the basis for the next batt:

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I love the way it came out:

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After that I carded together some beautiful shell pink, orange and brown roving which was a gift from my family. There’s some lovely gentle colours in this one:

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The final batt I made was in these deep blues, with some green merino and blue-green silk accents:

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Here’s the finished batts. I’m looking forward to felting with them soon:

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