Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Five Days of Nail Biting

Teddy completed. Ring o' roses and a dragonfly for good measure. So now I will continue the theme with more cute little creatures - the challenge is to make them needle turn friendly!
This is my new catalogue. A glossy, full colour, eight page A4 booklet! It took me five days of nail biting stress to put it together. Every time I printed a copy to check, I found another mistake.
Finally sent it to the printer, picked them up on Monday and I'm quite pleased with the result!
P.S. I'm off to The Patchwork Tea House (Warburton) for the next three days, doing demonstrations and generally serving the patchwork public! If you are in the area, drop in!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Bear with a Face

He now has a face!
P.S. More to come!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

There's a Bear in There

Here he is - stitched down to the background fabric. Curves nice and smooth, but he needs a good press to iron out the wrinkles!
P.S. Now to add the features!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Love a Challenge

A "needle turn" applique teddy the easy way (for me)! A bit of thought went into this one - especially the inner corners (nose - see pink arrow below, and feet - see above). But a bit of gathering, a snip here, a tuck there and a tiny piece of vliesofix to prevent fraying, and "voila"!
There's a bear in there!
The dodgy parts of the curves will ease out during the stitching process (green arrows) - I'm hoping to see lovely smooth curves when it's done!
Now the next test is to design a needle turn bear wearing clothes!
P.S. I'm avoiding the obvious. I should be designing. "Playing" doesn't pay the bills!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Fabric Frolic

The Fabric Frolic begins on Friday 18th!
If you want to learn how to make this little bird, come along to The Patchwork Tea House in Warburton - I'll be there on Friday 18th, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th. I will also be demonstrating uses for Mylar and Whisper Web, and showing ways to improve your blanket stitch and back stitch.
Meet me at Textile Offcuts in Lilydale, on Tuesday 22nd, between 10am and 2pm, where I will be demonstrating my method of blanket stitch applique - it takes the pain out of making appliqued teddies!
Busy, busy time ahead!
P.S. Next year (2014) it looks like the Fabric Frolic will be even bigger and better!!!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Catalogue a Work in Progress

I'm working on a new catalogue. My little "foldy" thing is no longer big enough. The photos are shrinking to fit more in, so the time has come to "think big"!
How does an eight page A4 brochure sound?
Because that's what I'm doing.
But as usual, I'm avoiding the obvious - it needs to be done soon, but a blog posting is more appealing, isn't it?!??
And a blog needs a photo. It's the centre of Sew Busy Bears and it's also my new facebook profile photo - the bears are so much cuter than my mugshot!
Back to the circus.........
P.S. Click on the facebook link and it will take you to my page. Go on - you can "like" me, and even "friend" me - you know you want to........

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Threads and Watching Our Feet

Linda from Ristal (the Australian distributor of Papillon) has given me this little collection of threads to help inspiration! I love using the Papillon metallics - they are the best for hand sewing - perfect for my Christmas designs. I'm going to "road test" the Kreinik gold machine embroidery thread - I'm hoping it will be a good one for machine quilting.
Today has been spent in front of the computer, trying to create a new catalogue. The time went so quickly, and not much was achieved! I had to walk away - I'll get back to it on the weekend.
The blue tongue lizard family are out in full force. We have to watch where we put our feet these days! Their favourite place is outside the front door, but we have found them in all sorts of odd places in the garden.
This is one of the parents. They are creatures of habit - one of the young lizards had crossed the garden to the opposite boundary, and David watched it find its way back to the front deck (their hidey hole). It knew exactly where it was going, across mulch, threw itself down a 24" drop onto concrete, over paving works and sand, into the front garden and across to the deck. Not in the least bit concerned!
I was hanging out the washing a couple of days ago, and looked down to see one on the paving right next to my foot! She looked up, then quietly meandered over to the garden bed, disappearing behind a log.
The caption to this photo should read, "I'm hiding - you can't see me".
So that's why we have to watch our feet, and even though we know they are there, it's still gives us a bit of a start thinking it might be a snake!
P.S. Hot, hot, hot, tomorrow! 41 degrees!