Sunday, 20 September 2009

Working with Wool

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to another workshop in town. The Home Patch (home of Hatched and Patched) had a wool appliqué and embellishment workshop. Sue Spargo visited earlier in the year and Anni also does quite a bit in wool, so she stocks a good range of supplies.

Michelle, our teacher, had this sample pincushion and we were to just have fun trying out different effects with stitches and embellishments such as adding texture with ric rac, beads and novelty yarns. It was a lot of fun and everyone had very different work.

I finished mine off at home this afternoon. I had fun playing with embroidery stitches. Boy, did I get things in a lovely mess. The little booklet on the table is one Mum gave me when I was about 10 years old and is a great little resource. (And yes, that is Mum's quilt under all that stuff.)

This is my finished work. The bobbly green up the middle of the orange leaf and the fringe around the bottom one are the separated plys of a novelty yarn from spotlight. There is knitting wool, chenille yarn and the main embroidery is with lovely wool/acrylic threads. Anni sells them on bobbins rather than the large spools they normally come on, which is terrific when you are only dabbling. The pink flower is a felted button. Some ladies also cut felt balls in half and used them as flower centres.
I just have to sew the back on and fill it to have a nice new pincushion.
Great fun. Something a bit different to what I usually do.


loulee said...

Sometimes it's fun to just allow your creativity to roam at will!

CurlyPops said...

It's so lovely. It's always lots of fun to just muck around and test out new techniques....especially when you finish up with a masterpiece!

Sandi said...

Looks like such a fun workshop. Love all the different textures and effects you have sewn.

Bec said...

Looks like lots of fun, and beautiful too. Wool is so lovely to work with.

paulette said...

What a beautiful keepsake of all the new stitches that you learned at your workshop! Next time, take me with you...PLEASE!
;o) Paulette

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