Friday, 18 July 2008

Creative Swap Challenge..

Well, what a week!!
I am so glad that it is Friday, it has not been a good week at work and a career change would greatly enhance my life but enough of that! Onto better things.
I have just heard that my Creative swap challenge has arrived safely in America and will be passed onto someone else at some point to I can now show it to you.

The theme was 'Blue and Brown' and other ideas linked to sprin, new life etc. I signed up early for this challenge but spent ages scratching my head. The colour combination threw me at first but then a day out shopping with Sophie sorted me out.
I found some wall paper which I liked and felt went well with the theme and scanned it, then printed it onto fabric which is paper backed and will go through a printer.
When the paper is removed the fabric can be stitched into and drawn on etc. I have never used it before and I would buy it again. I then went back to my trusty sketchbook and tried out some ideas with quilting, embroidery, brads etc.
I made four mini quilts each 6 inches x 6 inches. The edges had to be neated and ready for the recipient to make them into whatever they wanted.
I quilted randomly around the edge of the plant detail, used t-shirt transer paper for the bird and then added detail with brads etc. On the leaves I used fabric pens.
This square was similar but I added a butterfly and words to the quiltie. I used an overlocking stitch on my machine to neaten the edges.
This is one of my favourites, after scanning and printing the image I then wanted to give it watercoloured look. So by carefully blending the fabric pens and then highlighting some of the areas with machine embroidery. The same was done tothe leaves. Again words were added.
Finally...
This sample does not show up the machine embroidery detail in the photo quite as well but the same approach was applied.
I am really pleased with them and together they look really good. It was one of the hardest things I have done lately in terms of theme and colour and I hope the person who recieves them feels the same.
I have also finished some other things which I will be posting over the weekend. Sophie is taking part in her first little ballet production tomorrow to mark the end of the ballet year. Really looking forward to that at about 2pm tomorrow.
Bye for now and take care.
XX
PS. My world map has got so many red spots could we try something? If you visit this blog could you just let me know which part of the world you are in?
I shall start off because I think it would be really cool to see where we are all blogging from.

20 comments:

Indigo Blue said...

Hello,
I am sat in Cornwall, UK.

Knit - R - Done said...

Very creative! I love how those turned out!

Kitty said...

Those are great. And I love the word 'quilties'!

I'm in Oxfordshire, UK.

x

picciolo said...

hello, I am sat in London, Uk!

I love these, especially the bird ones, they look great
: )

Jennie said...

OOH I love how they turned out. So pretty! You are so talented!

I am in North Yorkshire in the UK :D

twiggypeasticks said...

That is soooo pretty, I love the colour combo. I'm in West Yorks, UK!
Twiggy

Nan said...

Well.... You KNOW I'm gonna like the birdie ones... but this whole project turned out great! ;)

M.Kate said...

You have been busy :D these are really as in all your other projects too ! happy week :)

Pearlyqueen said...

Hi

I am English but live in France.
Have you any idea what will happen if the project is washed? I have done something similar by spray-gluing some cotton on a sheet of paper and I printed out a sepia photo. I wanted to make a cushion but worry about washing. Guess I ought to do a sample!

Indigo Blue said...

Hi Pearlyqueen.
The paper i used was proper stuff for putting through the printer but I did nothing else to it. There may be a finish on the fabric I bought which stops the printer ink from coming off. if you have managed it another way brilliant. When you use T-shirt transfer paper through the printer the ink does not come off then but you do transfer it will the heat of the iron. So maybe with a piece of paper over your work and gently add some heat it may help to fix it. Good question though!! Many thanks for visiting my blog, do come back sometime!

SummerSadie said...

How neat. A lucky person is receiving those.

jo said...

I would be so pleased to receive these, they are beautiful.

I'm sat at the computer in Dudley, West Midlands.

Julia said...

These are wonderful, fascinating and inspiring. The blues are just gorgeous. Is it EQ printables you're using? I've tried the old bubble jet route before but it's a bit long winded.
Oh! I'm in Northamptonshire near the Cambridgeshire border!

LOUISE said...

Those four little mini quilts are lovely, I think they look really effective. I hope you enjoy the ballet. Not very exotic, but I am in West Sussex! x

Indigo Blue said...

Hi Julia,
Not sure how to get in contact so hopefully you will find your reply here. I will try and post a pic of the printer fabric I used but all I did was put it in the paper tray just like paper. I come from just outside Newmaket. Small world.

Indigo Blue said...

Hi Louise,
On Friday I shall be travelling to Seaford to stay with my sister in law for a couple of weeks. I really love the counrtyside in Sussex and surrounding area.

JuicyFig said...

The quilts are just fantastic - I adore the colours, and all the tecniques your have used! wow!

I am in LANCYSHIRE! uk

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katelnorth said...

Hiya! thanks for coming and visiting my blog and pointing out your technique on these quilties - I was wondering just how you'd done them! - the one I received was the top right one in this pic - the one with three yellow brads and the butterfly in the bottom left corner...

I'll email you separately about fabric postcards.

ursy87 said...

This are so pretty, I love the brown and blue ones but I think my favourites are the birds - I am a sucker for anything with birds on them.

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