Hearts in varying sizes have been cut from both the pieces of fused fabric and also, for contrast, some plain toning dark turquoise satin. The commission asked for two panels, so I’ve cut and pinned two scatterings of hearts onto natural coloured silk noil.

Panel 1:

Fused fabric hearts panel 1a

Fused fabric hearts panel 1b

And Panel 2:

Fused fabric hearts panel 2a

Fused fabric hearts panel 2b

Now for the first layer of embellishment – stitching them decoratively onto the silk.

With the fused fabric for the hearts panels out of the way, next job was to find the threads and embellishments that are going to go with it. First, turquoise and aqua nuggets from my stash of Seaham sea glass.

Seaham sea glass - turquoise

Then some broken vintage/antique brooches.

Vintage brooches

Loving the colours.

Sea glass and vintage brooches

Next, threads.

Turquoise threads

The start of the embellishments – as things turn up I’ll be adding to this collection.

Turquoise embellishments

Next job, cutting the hearts out and arranging them. I can’t wait to get on to using some of these beauties!

I’ve been asked to create two canvases with a neutral coloured background and a turquoise colour scheme featuring hearts. To give some interest to the hearts, I decided to create some more fused fabric.

This one started with a base of dark teal green satin, sprinkled with various threads, sequins, beads, ribbon etc, layered with Bondaweb and then covered with a piece of shot rose and turquoise organza.

Fused fabric uncut 1

Fused fabric uncut 2




Fused fabric uncut 3

For the next one, I went for a lighter background as contrast, this time using a piece of brushed cotton with an interesting hand dyed pattern for my base and a piece of vintage pale blue chiffon scarf as the final layer.

Fused fabric uncut 4

Fused fabric uncut 5

And for the final piece, back to the dark satin, but this time with a chiffon final layer.

Fused fabric uncut 6

Fused fabric uncut 7

Fused fabric uncut 8

Now onto the fun of choosing the threads, beads etc. to embellish the design.

New toy

I bought this from eBay a few weeks ago, but thanks to the reports, followed by updating the children’s target files, inputting the data online, filling in their pupil progress reports and number crunching percentages to show how many are on target, not on target, on target compared to this or that target group…oh yes, and teaching, of course, that thing I actually trained to do…

Sorry, rant over. Where was I? Oh yes. I bought this from eBay a few weeks ago:

New toy

But, due to reasons listed above, I’ve only just got round to playing with it. Melting fabric onto other fabric to create little experimental samples; just up my street.

Melted fabric experiments 1

Melted fabric experiments 2

Two layers on this one, over a sun print of a washer.

Melted fabric experiments 3

Melted fabric experiments 4

Melted fabric experiments 5

Bored with patterns now. What about using the tool to cut some shapes out?

Melted fabric experiments 6

This ended up as sort of a spider. I love the way the tool sliced through this synthetic satin.

Melted fabric experiments 7


Back to patterns.

Melted fabric experiments 8

Then I started to stitch into them. Just playing, echoing the spots on this abstract pattern with french knots.

Melted fabric experiments 9

The scrap of black silk matka behind shows through as a strong black line around the blocks of colour.

Melted fabric experiments 10

Layered waves with some couching.

Melted fabric experiments 11

I saw a lovely and unusual book of quilting samples on Pinterest and I really want to have a go at doing something similar with these little trial pieces.

I’ve finished a couple of samples for my sketch book. First, the slightly sashiko inspired stitching on the screen printing I did here. It was a piece cut from my last print of the day and unwashed, like the other bits.

Slightly sashiko 1

Inspired by a ukiyo-e print of people with umbrellas scuttling through the rain, I stitched the dark areas with long running stitches in natural undyed silk and then following the waves imagery I added french knots to the edges of the curling shapes.

Slightly sashiko 2

Slightly sashiko 3

Then I had a page of notes about ruching fabric but no samples as I’d used the one I made as part of my rusting quilt, so a piece of hand dyed purple muslin and a square of gold silk dupion later…

Purple ruching 1

I do like this effect. Scrunching up a much bigger piece of fabric into gentle folds in a smaller space and then nestling french knots clusters into the valleys and crevices.

Purple ruching 2

The soft texture of the muslin works perfectly for this type of work.

Purple ruching 3

Just a sketchbook sample with scraps, but I had fun with it.

Thank you all very much for your advice and suggestions for how to complete my nine patch of back stitched spider’s web stitches. Lots of laying out and living with different threads ensued but it was the comment about liking the colour of the blank squares that really struck a chord.  I found this lovely Caron thread…

Grey spider's webs 1

…which was perfect – it’s very close in tone value to the grey but with the variegation of the black/purple.

Grey spider's webs 2

In fact, with my glasses off, and the details of the stitching thoroughly blurred, it almost looks like the original colour of the fabric.

Grey spider's webs 3

Now it’s time for the making up. it was originally designed as a coin purse, but I saw someone else in our Guild had made theirs into a needle case, which is quite tempting too. Decisions, decisions…


I’m enjoying my walks around the area and especially along the side of Bottesford Beck. We’re in what was once the Danelaw here and beck is a left over Viking word meaning a stream. It’s wonderfully clear and fast flowing and there is a great bridleway running along the bank side, dotted with benches.

Bottesford Beck 1

I decided to take my sewing last Thursday and find somewhere nice to sit and take in the view and stitch. The benches were all in bright sunlight but I found the stump of a felled sycamore in the shade of a willow tree.

Bottesford Beck 2

The lazy daisy cuff book cover was in my take along sewing kit. They incidentally go very well together!

Bottesford Beck 3

And this was my view.

Bottesford Beck 4

You’d never know that over that rise is the M180 to Grimsby, Immingham and the Humber Bridge, busy with container lorries for the ports and two miles to the left is the massive steel works with its four blast furnaces. Pretty idyllic for a quiet 45 minutes sewing.


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