Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Soft Sculpture

I have recently enjoyed 2 1-day classes with Dorothy Addlem making a soft sculpture koala and owl. Of course I couldn't just stop at one koala but made several. very relaxing and enjoyable. They are made from a stuffed knitted strip and sculpted in to shape before covering with long and short stitch. Dorothy is famous in the Embroiderers Guild for her wonderful sculpted rabbits, she has made whole families of them.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A belated Happy New Year to everyone. I've had a full house since just before Xmas and now an extra addition of a new grandson Sam, a brother for 4yr old Sienna. I have had the pleasure of looking after Sienna for a few days so quite exhausted. She loves 'craft' so we've had lots of fun exploring cutting, beads, drawing etc as well as lots of 'hide and seek' tag, and storytelling. They live on the other side of Australia in a place called Paraburdoo in Western Australia so we don't see them that often. It has been wonderful.
I have been having a play with resin for the past few months and finally produced something I'm really pleased with. Finishing off is the hard part but I'm getting the knack of adding the base and covering up any sanding marks. Here are some of my latest attempts. I used sequins, glitter and fantasy film for the dichroic effect. For the earlier cabs I used Perfect Pearls and embossing powder to colour the resin but for these latest ones, I used acrylic paint for the base colour which I think worked really well.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

BJP December 2014

Hi everyone, just finished my December BJP (I thought I'd get in early, a very busy month ahead). This is a Daffodil Bear (Cancer Council charity bear), beans taken out and restuffed. He's about 8" tall and 10 1/2" around his tum. I decided not to bead his muzzle as I like his face as is. I experimented with a few stitches from Cyndi's 'Bored by Backstitch - 3  - I'm very pleased with the results.
Here's wishing everyone one of you and your families a Merry Xmas and good health in 2015. Thank you all for the privilege of seeing your fantastic and inspirational work. Looking forward to next year's BJP.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Oct Nov BJP

2 posts in one day - I'm making up for lost time.
This little goddess doll is my Oct Nov BJP. I used one of the resin cabs I made a while ago. I do like purple and turquoise. She has been waiting for a rope so I made this chenille stitch rope to hang her from.

Bead Journal Project and more

Hi everyone, I just don't know where this year has gone. Have done lots of work, but wasted so much time on the computer. Have had lots of problems this year. I have upgraded my internet allowance but can't do anything about the speed apparently. Often I have given up trying to upload photos as it has been so slow. On top of that my hard drive on which I store my photos doesn't work any more so I will have to take it to a shop to see if they can access them. I moved them to create some space on my computer. Computers are wondrous things but they create a lot of havoc!

Since My teapot project, I have completed 'Daisy' as well as several cab and owl brooches. I took a felting class with Elizabeth Armstrong from Melbourne, a wonderful tutor. I was so pleased with the results. I have also made more polymer clay faces and had a play with resin.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

BJP 2014

This little teapot is my January/February project. I had some computer problems which meant I couldn't upload on to facebook but all okay now.. I used mostly Czech and Japanese 11s and 8s with some pressed beads for interest. Hope you like her. My husband says she looks just like me. Her face is made from polymer clay.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Beaded Art Doll - Sunny

Let me introduce you to Sunny. I started her in July for a Round Robin. There were seven of us in the group, myself from Australia and the other six ladies from USA. Aryd'ell, Karen, Ruth, Dian, Joyce and Suzanne. I started her off with face and head and the other ladies have contributed month by month. All seven of us have ended up with a beautiful doll worked on by all members of the group. The postal services worked quite well except for the last month when USA had such bad weather one doll was three weeks late.
Sunny front
Sunny back