This week I’ve been busy making paper roses for a picture I’m planning to hang on my sparkly pink wall. I asked for some some help from my friend Gill and my Mum because they’re really fiddly and they take ages to make.
Here’s a photo of the work in progress. When it is finished I’ll take a photo of it on my pink sparkly wall once I am back up in Scotland.
On Friday, after work I found a few of my textile pictures which I had made as part of my GCSE Textile project at school. One of them, a cupcake, was in my scrapbook and I decided to use it to create my second framed picture. The cupcake case is made from felt that I burnt fabric onto using the Margaret Beale technique, (I watched her husband demo the technique at a craft fair), I machine embroidered over the top and used beads to decorate. I started to decorate the picture mount using Sizzix cut outs and it needs a bit of something in the top corners and down the side I think and maybe some added glitter, what do you think ? :)
My final picture frame is made for a gift. The centre piece was made as part of my exam using newspapers and sticky tape in a soak process to take text off the printed paper, stitching, netting, beading and I added some wire that I twisted in to springs along with other embellishments to add interest and depth.
I really enjoyed doing textile classes, here’s a picture of me in my final GCSE exam design; a top (that I’ve just remembered is still at school), it started off a dress but I grew in the two years I was making it and it got too short to be a dress :) There were thousands of beads that had to be sewn on which took forever. You can just see the bag that I made to go with the dress which I still use now.
Quick update : I have just found another picture of the bag that I made as part of my project so I thought that I may as well post it too
Finally, on Thursday I took inspiration from http://magicvintagespy.com/ and went to the local charity shop Age UK and managed to put together this outfit below for £20 (dress, hat, gloves and necklace) for a 21st birthday party of my friend Jess. The theme was fashion through the decades so I chose the 1940’s. I certainly generated a few quizzical stares when I got on the train and I wasn’t wearing the hat and gloves at the time so imagine the reaction if I had done that :) The only problem is that my calves are still aching today after spending the whole of Saturday evening dancing the traditional Scottish dance the Ceildh (pronounced kay-lee) amongst other dances.
I will be working in the sales office for the next two weeks to provide holiday cover but tonight Russell Lomas offered to accompany me on some new pieces I wanted to rehearse so that I could get some practise in. The session went great and my new repertoire is starting to take shape ready for my new College term.