Thursday, December 31, 2015

We Three Kings

Happy New Year All! This was a challenging way to end the year! I really had to mull this topic over. At first the only thing I could think of was Spicing things up in the bedroom! So I had visions of a thong on a bed post.
Then my hubby suggested the Silk Road & spices so I then contemplated camels all dressed up in tassels etc. but I couldn't find an image I liked enough to do & I do prefer to work from my own photographs. Yes I do have a camel photo but again not what I wanted to make. So back to the drawing board.
I doodled.

My helper liked this one! I may make this one yet! But I got into the spirit of the season.

Now fabric

It had promise so I went with it. I had to borrow some glitzy fabric. I'm really pleased with the result. 
Meet my Three Wise Men carrying Gold, Frankincense & myrrh.


I hope wish you all a happy & prosperous New Year! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"SPICE" (Saffron)

First let me wish you all a Happy New Year 2016
I had a enjoyable Christmas day spent with my 3 boys. I trust all our challenge members also enjoyed a relaxing day. 
I chose Saffron as my spice for my challenge
I used fabric from a sari I was given by a friend for the background and a border for the binding. I thought the colour represented saffron well.   I had fun doing the piece.I encountered a few hic ups along the way when constructing the photo and embroidery but am pleased with the results.
I used some water soluble fabric and printed a picture of Crocus sativus (saffron flower on) and also printed the section printed below and embroidered it in black thread. When I rinsed it the thread in some areas were not secured to well. I also had to paint the flowers after stitching around the petals as the picture disappeared after rinsing I did some embellishing 
I'll need to brush up on transfer techniques for any future projects.
I hope you all had as much fun as I did stitching/making this challenge

Botanical Name: Crocus sativus
Family Name: Iridaceae
The name Saffron comes from  the Arabic za’faran, which means YELLOW – a sacred colour chosen by Buddhist monks for their robes.

Saffron is hugely expensive: consider that 200,000 flowers have to be harvested by hand to obtain 450g/1 lb saffron.      

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hi All "Up for a challenge" members.  How is the "Spice" challenge coming on.
I'm looking forward to seeing the challenges.  My piece is almost done just a little more with a tweek here and there and it will be ready. Are you all starting to unwind and getting ready for the coming festive season.  This year has passed by so quickly.