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It is high time I started to practise my metal-working skills again so I decided to start small, cutting out a rose leaf shape from sheet brass and piercing it with holes before I textured it with the hammer.

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Then I used some green perle and using the holes, put in the foundation stitches for a woven spider’s web which I worked in a gorgeous variegated pink and green silk ribbon.

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It worked out perfectly so I had a green centre shading out to the deep pink edge. I neatened it up with a piece of pink kid leather over the back and added a jump ring to turn it into a sweet little mixed media pendant.

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One of my Christmas presents was a Dremel engraver so I had a bit of a play with that, first using one of the included stencils to add a rustic star shape to a piece of sea glass which I then turned into a pendant.

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Then I moved on to a piece of reticulated brass which I created on the silversmithing course I took in Sheffield a few years ago. I had deliberately worked the reticulation from either end of the piece of brass in order to leave a smooth bridge between them for some text. Finally, I had the tool to add the lettering!

I used uncial script and the H of ‘haven’ looks a bit like an R, unfortunately, but I really like the way the engraver worked on the brass.

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I turned this into yet another pendant and gave it a lovely vintage sari silk strip ribbon to hang from in crimson and gold.

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My other Christmas present thanks to some vouchers was a doming set and I was dying to have a go at doming some old coins that I’d accumulated. Tiny bronze British decimal half pennies seemed to work best and I combined one that I’d hammered into a hemisphere with a ‘cornflake’ of reticulated brass that I’d also domed. I drilled them both through the middle and chose an odd stud earring with purple diamantes like stamens of a flower to connect them together.

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I’ve got a piece of fantastically patterned gilding metal to which I hope to attach the ‘flower’ which I can then turn into a brooch. It’s been good to play with metal again!

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Saturday sort of got away from me. I knew I wasn’t going to make the morning session of our Embroiderers’ Guild meeting but I had high hopes of making the afternoon. That was a mistake. I finally walked through the door at about 3pm and by the time I’d caught my breath, looked round at all the various boards, tables and displays and sorted my travelling book there was only enough time for chatting (always good, though) and putting literally a handful of stitches in one of the activities that our new chair, Ruth, had organised for us.

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Pauline had finished her bookmark and was happy to let me photograph it.

 

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Another group was stitching heart shaped decorations. This one is Julie’s:

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Debbie and Janet pulled together their matryoshka with the examples Ruth had already stitched for me to photograph.

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There was also another flower shaped decoration or similar but I didn’t manage to find any worked examples of that. It looked like a nice selection of fun things to stitch and even though I only had an hour, it was lovely to relax with some straightforward stitching and good company.

I’ve also been making some more ribbon roses to turn into pendants. This one has fly stitch leaves, stem stitch stems and lazy daisy sepals in variegated coton a broder with a woven spider’s web rose and french knot buds in pale blue silk ribbon.

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And this one has fly stitch leaves, split stitch stems and lazy daisy sepals in variegated perle with a woven spider’s web rose and french knot buds in crimson silk ribbon.

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A weekend of nice quick little projects.

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Thank you all for your comments on the green quartz vintage necklace. I was leaning towards number 4 myself, so it’s good to know that other people liked that one too. In the meantime I’ve been playing with some more upcycling. First, a vintage brass ring which was just crying out for some embroidery in the centre.

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I measured the centre of the bezel, drew an appropriate sized circle on vilene and filled it with a mixture of eyelets and French knots in a variegated blue and copper coloured cotton thread.

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I cut it out, stabilised the back with Modge Podge and prepared to add it to the ring. It was too big. By some way. Back to the drawing board. This time I changed my mind as to the colour. The copper didn’t work with the soft gold of the ring, so I went for an old gold and dusty crimson variegated thread. (And I measured the circle more carefully this time…) In progress…

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…and finished and mounted in the ring. I’m so pleased with the colour this time. I’ve called it Desert Rose and put it into my Etsy shop here.

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Then I found a vintage brooch with turquoise/blue rhinestones around the edge but its central stone missing. I ran up a blue silk ribbon rose inside a wreath of feather stitch on some hand dyed silk dupion and mounted it over a dome of vilene to replace the centre.

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That can be found here.

And finally I took the sad and sorry remains of a vintage brass and glass bead necklace apart and put it back together with some vintage copper/turquoise faux pearls, modern glass beads – turquoise rondelles and tiger striped ovals…

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…hand made glass beads with amber nodules on the surface…

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…and a fabulous hand made green/turquoise glass focal bead I’d been saving for such an occasion…

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…to create this:

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Which is also in my Etsy shop here.

To celebrate my little burst of creativity and the run up to Christmas, (and hopefully encourage some buyers!) I’ve created a discount code.

If you enter TOPAZ1 at the checkout from now until the 20th of December 2014 then you can get 20% off any item – vintage, upcycled or handmade jewellery – from my Etsy shop.

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I’ve also been working a bit more on my not very red ‘redwork’ piece that I started round about here.

Last time I left it at this point:

And now it looks like this:

And closer…

I’m adding the cherry blossom slowly, mainly because all those french knots gets a bit wearing after a while.

And while looking for something else (as is always the way…) I found a selection of silk ribbons in the most perfect shades of blue for creating a riot of damask roses.

Stem stitch stems, ribbon french knot buds with lazy daisy stitch sepals and two lazy daisy stitches, one inside the other, to form the leaves.

It’s a lovely pick it up and put it down project to keep going in between other things.

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Finished. First, the rusted clock piece.

It’s laced over mount board and then glued to a piece of nicely figured plywood.

The ribbon roses are laced over mount board and have a piece of calico stitched to the back to cover the lacing.

My oldest daughter’s high school are having a craft fair type event in the summer and as a stall costs the princely sum of £5, I’ve decided to see if there is any interest in the sort of things that I do.

Several years ago I was very into the idea of taking something secondhand and enhancing it with embroidery or beading. I bought quite a lot of silk scarves from charity shops and boot sales and stitched beaded fringes on the ends. I still have several scarves which I never got round to beading, and more beads than you could shake a stick at, so I’ve started adding a fringe to this beautiful shibori dyed silk scarf.

I hope to decorate several more to sell at the fair but I will be making it very clear that I take no credit for the artistry of the dyeing, only the beading.

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I’m busy writing a short play for SLTC at the moment with a deadline of Sunday, so not had the time to do a huge amount of embroidery, but I did manage to finish a couple of pieces on Mothers’ Day.

First was the clock piece.

And then I finally completed the sample I partly worked to show the techniques when I taught the ribbon embroidery activity at an Embroiderers’ Guild meeting back last summer.

I have plans for this one!

Now they need  finishing. Not my favourite part of the process but having to do things you don’t enjoy so much is good for the soul!

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It was good to sit down and play with something different on Saturday night and it didn’t take long to complete my little Vandyke stitch sample piece.

It’s worked on a three inch square piece of gold painted rug canvas…

 

…with lovely thick, soft, wide cotton ribbon threads.

The thicker turquoise one in the middle was a delight to sew with and I love the way the central plait has formed.

The blue was finer and consequently a bit harder to control so I stitched some toning beads into the head of the stitches to stabilise and neaten it.

Finished with a knotted and beaded fringe and a hanging loop.

Instructions for Vandyke stitch are freely available all over the internet and in most embroidery stitch books but it was really interesting to work it on canvas and in such big scale threads. Huge thanks for Jean and Eilleen for developing the activity!

I’ve had just about enough of ribbon roses now and am nearly out of silk ribbon, but I needed a birthday card in a hurry.

I did remember to remove the marker pen before I took it out of the hoop!

Back to the North Cornwall ‘postcards’…

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