Wednesday, 28 February 2007
This is a close-up of the beautiful work in it. The triangles are done with needleweaving.
The stitching in this butterfly isn't as fine, and I think was probably made by the other great-aunt, but it's still lovely. The antennae are quite fine - it's almost all stitching, with very little of the base cloth showing.
This collar fascinates me. The embroidery on it is beautiful, but...
...just look at the way it's been joined together!
I think this was probably done by someone other than the original embroiderer, maybe to make it smaller to fit a different dress. I'm also assuming that this join was the back of the collar, and maybe hidden by long hair. But, if you look back now at the photo of the first collar, you can see how uneven the neck edge is. I can't imagine why someone would do all that work on something that wasn't perfect, so I'd love to know the story behind these pieces. Unfortunately, I never will.
Saturday, 24 February 2007
But I was still feeling guilty, so I made another one to send to her. Once again, it's similar to ATCs I've made before, but I like this one better. I think it's the reeds that I've added this time that make it a little more interesting...
So, they're done and awaiting delivery. I've had a lovely afternoon, just playing around with making them, which has helped to make me realise that sometimes I just have to start, and then the ideas will flow.
All I need to do now is find that snail mail address so I can post them...
Monday, 19 February 2007
Recently, I was lucky enough to stay in Sydney with my clever friend Lisa. She was dyeing metres of fabric and this is the sight I woke up to in the morning - these gorgeous fabrics hanging on the clothes line amongst the bushes in the garden. I rather think that all gardens should be decorated this way...
This is where my strips for "Woven Water" came from, if you hadn't already guessed and I thought you might like to feast your eyes on the lengths of fabric, too.
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Sunday, 11 February 2007
As you can see, the strips still have raggy edges, and are different widths. I cut them all to the same length, wove them and then fused them to a dark blue commercial fabric. I haven't done any stitching yet, but think this method has possibilities and will be playing some more.
Thanks for giving them to me, Lisa!
I've had a few times recently when I've been away from home for work, and away from my fabrics and threads. My hands have been itching for something to do, and this is what I've done. I used a pigma pen on a watercolour postcard, started in one corner and worked my way to the corner diagonally opposite. It's easy to carry in my bag and was fun to do. I think it has possibilities for developing some embroidery ideas.
Friday, 2 February 2007
This is a great chicken salad. The type that would cost you a fortune in an upmarket cafe, and it's easy to make. Looks good and tastes terrific. I tried taking a photo, but the photos didn't turn out so well and I didn't find out until all the salad had been scoffed. So, you'll have to make it yourself and see what it looks like. Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken Salad
1 chicken breast
2 rashers lean bacon, chopped
300g (just over 1/2 pound) small new potatoes, quartered
(or use sweet potato for lower GI)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mixed salad leaves –a couple of large handfuls
½ capsicum (bell pepper), sliced thinly (red or yellow for colour)
2 shallots (green onions), finely chopped
1/4 cup greek style yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
½ -1 tablespoon seeded mustard
2-3 teaspoons SunDried Tomato Pesto
3 large sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
Toss potatoes in oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 25mins at 250C (475F), turning once. Cook bacon rashers, drain. Drain any fat from pan. Cook chicken breast and then slice. Tear lettuce, put into two bowls. Top with capsicum, potatoes, bacon and chicken. Drizzle dressing over, sprinkle with shallots.