Sunday, 22 November 2009
First I cut a piece of card, with an opening, wide enough for the presser foot...
then I cut a second identically sized piece of card, holding the cards together I wound the cord onto the two, until it reached the desired size.
I gingerly slid the uncut piece of card out and laid the card with the window onto the base fabric. I sewed through the window - just a simple straight stitch, up and down a couple of times. I then tore the card to release it - ta-da! Super thick fringe....
Saturday, 21 November 2009
We were at a birthday party this afternoon - the cake was a cute mix of home made (all the cookies) and cake shop (the base) delicious, and fun! Instead of the usual home setting and party games, this was afternoon tea and horse-riding. My kids were quite specific about the horses they wanted to ride, fortunately they were lucky - the place was really busy - T2 accepted his substitute horse, T1 was happy with hers too - her first choice, totally by chance. 9 littles rode to the pond, had a run about, fed the fish then came back for cake..... The fish went crazy for bread...... No3 had her first sit on a horse (to my knowledge!) she liked it.....
Friday, 20 November 2009
Miss M - another English teacher - 'Happy teachers' day, my special dostum! I like you because you have long, long, long, long hair'
Miss Happy - the regular English teacher - ' Happy teachers' day, I like you because one day you painted my face and it tickled'
Miss I - home room teacher - 'Happy teachers' day, I like you because you always smile in the morning when you see me, you sing nice songs and help me. You give me nice hugs too'
Miss R - T1's English teacher whilst Miss Happy has been sick. 'Happy teachers' day, I love your class and you have very nice brown hair'
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Miss Happy (yes it's her real name!) - 'Happy Birthday (he says it was yesterday?) and happy teachers' day - I love to play with you'
For the classroom assistant - Miss S 'Happy teachers day because you are nice'
For Miss C - the home room teacher, 'Happy teachers' day because I like it when you tell stories'
I cut a circle out of card, then with a compass drew a line about ¼ if an inch from the edge. I set my machine to a zig-zag, then attached the ribbon, making pleats as I went. I have miles of this Genuine Hungarian ribbon (not sure why though!)
I lined up the 2nd row of ribbon with the stripes of the first, but there is no reason you couldn't line another row up with a drawn circle. I attached the 'tails' with this layer.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
'take your fabulously embellished piece and trim off the excess backing fabric, for those who haven't done this already. now - fuse or glue a final back fabric - to cover up all those embellished threads... then stitch all the way around your piece, to bind it.you will now "sculpt" your piece into a vessel of some sort - a fiber art vase. ;) think out of the BOX!! be creative! roll, wrap over, fold, tuck, pucker... even cut if you want... and sew it into place. the most unusual shapes will lend themselves to a unique form/structure. ;) if you want to add any final embellishments to your sculpture, you can do this once it's complete.'
So today was the last day of the challenge, I was 12 hours late on completing this one I guess, I wracked my brain about turning it into a vessel, I don't need any 'clutter' I am on a slight purge to get the house straight - and the idea of something that catches dust turns me straight off. I do need a folder type thing to keep projects in, but the surface wouldn't stand up to that, I also need a 'change dump' to empty my pockets and keep all the debris in one place, I made simple folds and stitched them down, the felt base has given it a certain substance, the slightly circular shape holds with the design. I may go round and zig-zag a piece of wire into the top edge. I may not. I will probably work on it some more and turn it into something else, It's got a nice motion happening, just not enough of something.....
Sunday, 15 November 2009
So today's mission.....
EMBELLISH YOUR PIECE! use hand-stitching, beads, etc... ;)
Due to a total lack of time, the piece just got a few beads.... no stitching, sadly. I may come back and add to it once the challenge is over...
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Today's step was
'Take a pair of scissors and carefully CUT UP YOUR PIECE! ;) yes, you read it right. cut it up. you must cut into it AT LEAST 5 times! ;) you can cut strips, circles, puzzle shapes... whatever you want to do... but keep in mind that you are going to be sewing it back together into a NEW shape!...'
So I started with about 5 cuts, then a few more, but wasn't happy because it wouldn't go together without becoming 24 inches square - somehow, so I did this, well there are a few bits left over, but that will have to be..... I FME'd it to black felt with red thread.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
I take part in some of the FAT stuff, I like the group there is a real cross over between crafters and artists, it's a good environment for me. Leilani set the 5X challenge a while ago, I enjoyed the way it made me think and the kick up the backside to get making stuff..... this is her latest challenge. I have lifted this from her mail to the group.... it started Monday the 9th in real time.... I did it for the following 5 days....
Leilani's Follow Me Blind art quilt challenge:work on one quilt for 5 days straight.
New instructions given each day you must follow through, no matter how painful! ;)Day One -- create a 9" x 7" fabric for the top of your quilt. this must be an altered piece of fabric, i.e. surface designed. you can paint on it, stain it, dye it, rubber stamp on it, color it, applique on it... but you must do something to itThis fabric is from last year (I think!), it's painted with acrylic paint then for the challenge I stenciled and stamped with inks..... will see what 'tomorrow' holds
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
I had a lovely late lunch with one of my girlfriends today, sitting out by the Bosporus, at Aşşk Kahve - 'Love Cafe'. The cafe and neighbouring buildings have these Dali-esque eggs on top and a quirky style. Tucked away behind a supermarket this is a bit of a surprising place. Super cute and beautiful patrons, quirky waiting staff to say the least! .... I would have loved a snap of the girl's footwear from the neighbouring table. High, red satin peep toes - totally Sex in the City, slightly outrageous. I didn't have the guts to ask - taking a sneaky picture would have not been on.....Not quite what you expected when you looked down, nor was the weather, 22 degrees, t-shirts and jeans, gorgeous. A happy birthday to us both....
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
In our quest last week for Halloween costumes T2 went through a phase of wanting to be Count Dracula. We had the cape (from his Zorro phase, dress shirt and trousers) Not possessing a suitable sash I made one, I made the fringe then added the large silvery button. I had fun making the rosettes. T2 came to check my handy work and pronounced he would not be going as the afore mentioned Count..... but.... as an astronaut. Grrrr.....
He then went through a snake related phase before settling on a Doctor. We didn't snag him any tongue depressors but he did manage to loose his stethoscope.... The rosettes were fun to make.
Monday, 2 November 2009
T1 designed this dress when we had her friend over, it is so simple, 3 layers of heavily gathered net, 1 layer of shimmery thicker fabric, all on the gross grain ribbon. Tied with a bow. The flower was made from trimmings, the shoulder straps are a elasticated velvet. Easy...... I picked up the veil at the market.
Getting her to have the vampire bite on the neck was impossible. She wanted to be the bride.....
Sunday, 1 November 2009
It's going to be a slow week.... this is my hair from the Halloween party..... and a peek of the 'lovely' dress. We had planned to go en-mass with snake related costumes, which fell apart slightly in the last couple of days. More of that to come. I was the lone Mesusa, 15 little snakes woven into my hair, slightly over the top make-up and this fabulous full length dress - loaned from a dear friend who has a collection of what can best described as 'Florida Cocktail Wear' - 60's and 70's stuff - made for ladies who went to parties, rather than partied. Great stuff...... Whilst I would have loved to have fit into the tiny weeny sequined black and white tiger skin slinky number, this floaty green chiffon number was chosen over the acid yellow halterneck full length dress.... both significantly fancy by anyone's standards, and very comfy to wear.....
Friday, 30 October 2009
These are the mini-pumpkin pies, they were good, made with rough-puff pastry as a base, they went quickly. The 2 large pies, well they got eaten before I remembered to photograph them. Yum...... The little cakes were made by the hostess for our Friday gathering. They were good too....
Turkish pumpkins have green skins, I recently got asked if we have orange or green skin pumpkins in England. Orange - usually. It's all the same inside. Turks candy pumpkin. I make soup, or risotto and for the first time in many, many moons, pumpkin pie. The littles asked for it (they must have heard about it from a book)
So, since today was (another) school holiday, we made pumpkin pie. I used fresh pumpkin of course and since there are no 'pie crusts' here, 500g of short crust pastry and some frozen rough puff for the mini ones.
It was delicious, a little too sweet, but that could have been a counting error, many cooks and all..... We made 24 small ones (fairy cake size) and a couple of big deep ones - a lot of mixture. I did take pictures, but the memory stick is in my camera, under my neighbours couch, where I hid it away from No3. The beginning of our Halloween social bonanza. I hope to retrieve it tomorrow, whilst similarly hoping that no other child has had it's mits on the afore mentioned camera......