August 30, 2015

A stitcher's attempt at cardmaking

One of my friends is an absolutely brilliant card-maker. Her creations are amazing, so when I want a card for an extra special occasion, I commission her to produce one of her delightful masterpieces.  

As a stitcher, my attempts at card-making are pretty ordinary, but occasionally I have a go with some silk ribbon embroidery. I do it with the thought that the card can live on after the event and be a pretty picture to display, or even be placed in a small frame and bring ongoing enjoyment.

Recently, I made a set of three cards using the beautiful Kacoonda silk ribbon:


There's something lovely about hollyhocks:


Fuschias are one of my all-time favourite flowers. In our previous home, the climate was great for growing them and I had a number of beautiful hanging baskets full of their delightful blooms:


They are a delight to make in silk ribbon:


I guess it's not a bad alternative to growing them:


Another plant that I can't grow in the sub-tropics is Wisteria. The courtyard in our previous home was an amazing sight each Spring:

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I haven't quite captured its beauty but at least there's a little hint:


and roses ...


Again, the climate was perfect for growing roses where we used to live. Now I have to be content to produce them in stitches and I do love making them with the beautiful silk ribbon:


You can find the pattern in Embroidery and Cross Stitch magazine Vol 23 No 2.

Meanwhile, I think us stitchers can learn so much from scrapbooking artists. Their use of layers makes their work stand apart, and I am sure it is something that I could adapt into my world of stitching. I just need the patience and effort to think about how it can happen in my projects.

I taught a workshop for the local quilting group last week. It was a fun time together with delightful ladies. They made the Flit and Flutter Pincushion:


Now I'm working on a new design to teach a workshop at the local Community Arts Centre. I enjoy the teaching but getting 30 kits together took me for ever!

Happy stitching!
Val


14 comments:

  1. Those cards are beautiful. The colours seem so perfect. Maria xx

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  2. Maria, Dotty's daughter .blogspot.co.ukAugust 30, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Beautiful cards, the colour of the flowers used seem just perfect. Maria xx

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  3. Val, I love your cards. They are so pretty. Of course all those flowers grow beautifully here in Toowoomba as you would know. We don't have wisteria growing but I do love it.

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  4. Your cards are gorgeous, truly works of art! They are just as pretty as the flowers that inspired.

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  5. Val, your cards are absolutely beautiful!

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  6. The cards are wonderful, of course, because your stitching is so creative and magical. I like the pincushion, too. Is that available in your Craftsy shop? Thanks for sharing some wonderful photos.

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  7. Val ces cartes sont de toute beauté !!!! j'aime, amicalement, chantal45

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  8. Such beautiful stitching on your cards - it would be a delight to receive one!

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  9. Little pieces of art, beautiful.

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  10. How clever are you! All your cards are wonderful and so pretty.

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  11. Val I think you could make a very profitable sideline with your cards! I love handmade cards too, and have saved all the ones I have received over the years. They are in a box but not forgotten, as from time to time I get them all out and admire them all over again.
    Your felt pincushions are adorable...another must-do added to my list..

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