Sunday, 13 April 2014

      Sewing curtains

I decided to make some living room curtains for Christmas 2013 using brown cotton and printed polyester cotton material.
I tie - dyed the brown cotton and got an unexpected colour, so I just went out afterwards and bought the printed polyester cotton to match the tie - dyed brown cotton. In the photo below, the tie - dyed fabric is above while the printed polyester cotton is below.

Then I measured the two different types of fabric to get similar widths.  They were pinned together before sewing.

The pieces were sewn together.


I hemmed around the edges of each curtain and sewed the folds on top so the curtain rod can fit through.  The finished product is seen below:

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Turning an old pair of jeans into a denim skirt

I love to recycle.  So instead of throwing away the pair of jeans I turned it into a skirt.

I started by cutting the jeans to about knee length. Then I ripped open the seams on the inside of the legs.  I sewed them back to form a skirty shape and added lace.  I really like lace - it reminds me of church and Confirmation.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

I made a cute pincushion

I used a tp roll, needle, thread,glue gun and various types of fabric. I used fabric from a baby's hat to cover the tp roll, then I fastened the corners with hot glue.

I used gathering stitch to make rounded ball-type shapes for the top of the cupcake.

I made three of these, varying the colour and size.

I hot glued everything together, tied a ribbon around it and called that George.


My work handbag was out of control! This is my bag on drugs:

I couldn't zip it shut so I decided that I needed an organizer to help me out.
So now my handbag can zip close a little easier and I don't have to go fishing round the bottom of the bag to get what I want!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Another attempt at Pop Art

I picked some pod-looking things from a tree in my yard and decided to do a Pop Art version of it.  I used Conte charcoal pencils, coloured pencils and markers.  The finished piece wasn't too bad!

The background colours are very engaging.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Blue house on Green Background

I finished a painting of a house today.  I will go through the steps of this painting:
1) Started with a pencil sketch on canvas board:

2) Added a few washes, spattered blue and topped with a green wash in the background to represent the sky.  Also added dark grey to roof:

3) I began to add blue on the walls of the house. Also added lighter greys, light violet and white to roof:

4) Finished painting.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Unfinished still life and seascape

So I have two paintings that are not yet finished.  The first is called 'Still life with kettles.  First I painted in the background of this piece using earthy colours.  Then I painted in the objects.  When I showed it to a friend who is an art teacher, she told me that the painting looked unfinished so I will add layers of translucent colour on each part of the piece.

The second painting is called 'Fishing boats'.  The background of sea and sky was added first.  Then I added the frothy waves, the sand and the fishing boats.  I put in the piece of the island in the background and I still have to put a lighthouse on the island.