Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bunting for Charity

Its been a week of Tie Dye fun round here! Sometimes I get to escape from my studio and go to work with a great bunch of special people. There’s a fund raising coffee morning coming up in the Summer, so we are busy making crafty things that we can sell.

I make bunting myself, but wanted to find a quick and easy way to make brightly coloured bunting – so here it is!

Fat Quarter dyed with Spiral tie dye

Fat Quarter dyed with Spiral tie dye

First of all we each tie dyed a fat quarter of cotton fabric using the Spiral method – for instructions look here on the  Instructables website!

Once washed and dried the fabric was folded and cut into triangles – one piece made 24 triangles. Each triangle – or pennant – was pinned onto cotton tape. We left about a 1cm gap between each. Then we machine stitched along the whole length, being careful to catch the fabric in the tape. We used two rows of straight stitch but a zig-zag stitch might be quicker and easier!

The finished bunting

The finished bunting

Now we’ve just got another 12 to finish and then its onto papier mache brooches! This is going to be one colourful craft sale!

Hope you like it!

 

All the Fun of the Fair

I love funfairs; the colour,the noise, the excitement. The way an open space gets transformed into a magic environment when the fair moves into town. That’s the mood I’m trying to capture in my Fun Fair pieces. I like the idea of aeroplanes that only fly in circles, of Fun Houses with moving walkways and spinning floors, dodgem cars that spark and zoom. So I want the pieces to be bright and colourful, full of energy and a sense of movement.

Helter Skelter – This is another of my reclaimed tin pieces under construction – I hope to have it completed by the weekend! It’s constructed around a large mackerel tin:)

Stitching the side panels

Stitching the side panels

Making the slides
Making the slides

Positioning the slides

Positioning the slides

I have tried several versions of the slides, I was trying to find a method that was flexible enough to fit around the sloping curves of the tower structure. Eventually I settled on using a needle felted base and covering it with free machine embroidery.

Nearing completion, the slides are stitched into position and the tower is pinned to the background

Nearing completion, the slides are stitched into position and the tower is pinned to the background

Tin Can Metamorphosis

It started with a little caravan in a tin and since then I’ve been using lots of recycled tins in my work. I like the way the tin can houses the artwork, framing and protecting it. Piercing the tin and adding embellishments breaks the straight lines and creates a sense of liveliness.

There are so many different types of tin, this one used to be filled with mackerel fillets!

Tin Can Caravan