A new challenge if people are interested

Morning all – I am a bit late but I have a really good excuse. Last night I completed another 8 inch block. As you can see it is the block started when I wrote the review for Dream a Seam templates by Carole Samples last weekend.

As a side note Carole samples contacted me and she is happy to receive email enquires from anyone interested in these templates and is also happy to post Global Priority mail which means less in postal charges for those outside of the US. Contact her at fancwerx@inebraska.com.

This block has a crazy patch foundation of silks, Chinese brocades and fabrics which were acquired when I was in China and in swaps with fellow quilters interested in crazy quilting. I have described what I did on the block and the stitches if have used fully in the gallery page. Now I did start the morning with the idea that I would simply describe this block but since I have just acquired some new software I ended up going through the whole gallery and describing all the 8 inch blocks. So people might like to check that out.

One of the things I would like to point out is in the bottom left hand corner a little charm that I found in a market when I visited China it is made of Fimo and incredibly fine. It is about half an inch big and the pink trim is fimo piped on to the charm.

Now for my first agony in the process of mucking about with these gallery pages I decided it was about time I had a side bar for navigation. The site is simply huge and people do not necessarily find things. I have been thinking about putting a navigation bar on every page so that people don’t get lost or miss stuff they might be looking for. It means redesigning hundreds of pages – I am not exaggerating there are hundreds of pages to this site which means a site update and redesign. May as well do a big tidy up while I am at it! Now I would like to ask if people find this side navigation bar useful. I have a hunch if it was on every page of the site it would be good for users.

Now my second agony. I am still thinking about starting a denim bag made from cut off jeans. It was prompted because Linda at Chloe’s place was agonising over how much she should embellish a bag she is making. I showed Eve (my daughter) my bag and Linda’s post and she declared them ‘cool’. I am still very tempted to make a contemporary bag out of recycled jeans but think I need a little push.

I am wondering if anyone else is interested in joining a challenge? The guidelines being to take an old pair of jeans turn them into a bag or container of some sort (you can use your imagination as much as you please) and embellish it using any technique you choose. It does not have to be in any period style or limited to any one technique it just has to be embellished. I plan to embellish like there is no tomorrow, but if that is not your style a more restrained treatment is OK. Basically the challenge is as open as you wish. I am thinking of 3 month deadline from the start date so that people like myself who do hand embroidery and work can join in. At the end of the three months people can email me images of their work and descriptions of what they did and I will create a gallery page for all participants and host it on my site. Of course any bloggers who join in can blog their progress and help push everyone along. I think it would be fun. Is there any interest in this idea? Please email me or leave a comment if there is more than six takers I will take it on. So who is up for it?

A little experiment with a Fiber Postcard

Ok I am not sure if this is ugly or interesting. Have you ever had the sensation after you have completed something that you are just not sure? That yikes! should I admit to this and just tuck it away, or should I wave it around and celebrate. This is the case with this fiber postcard.

It is a combination of freeform knitting and crochet with canvas stiches worked on needlepoint mesh. I wanted to try the combination of two techniques to see what would happen. I treat these little fabric postcards as experiments and that is exactly what this one is.

I think next time I combine two techniques like this I would have smaller scrumbles – the term used for freeform knitting and crochet bits – and introduce more variety into the threads of both the embroidery and scrumbles.

The technique is either interesting and could be used on items such as bags and hats or it just does not work. I like the texture and the fact that the technique moves canvas work off the grid. The photograph does not illustrate this well but the levels between flat canvas work stiches and the texture of the freeform crochet work is interesting. If this was emphasised even more it could take the piece somewhere. If I included more beads or found objects that could take it somewhere too.

On the other hand the thing that attracts me to it – the texture, is also the thing that perhaps repels me. It reminds me of some of the stuff that was done in 70’s and I can’t decide if that is a good or a bad thing. Hence the puzzling reaction.

The colours are simply autumnal as it is autumn down under. The format itself of the fabric postcard is a good size for hand stitched experiments and samples. It is not too large and yet as an area large enough to do something with.