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Day 20 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 20 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Lace in Bloom

This is a sampling of the flowers that I created for a class that I call Lace in Bloom. Several of the flowers are made with individual petals that are made from a “magic web” technique that I created using Solvy. The other flowers are made from a length of lace. All of the laces were dyed with ColorHue dyes. Fun, fun, fun!

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 19 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 19 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Brides Choice

This is a gallery project that I made starting with an old salt shaker for the vase. I wrapped the vase in several pieces of vintage lace and added a satin ribbon bow. I filled it with buttons attached to wire stems, and blooms that can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 4 of HEARTS: Hanky Heart

Day 4 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. The base of the brooch is made from a vintage embroidered hanky, sewn over a Fast2Fuse base. The heart shape is adorned with vintage lace, silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers, many of which were hand-dyed in my class Dyeing to Be Beautiful.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Scrumptious Scraps

This is a finished sample of a class that I teach called Scruptious Scraps. The base of this wall hanging is made from a mesh of vintage and new lace. The base, ribbons, embroidery threads and silk embroidery ribbons were all dyed with Colorhue Dyes. I added in a few Hanah silk bias ribbons that were in the same color pallet as my other components. A few beads and charms were added in here and there for extra flourish.

Happy Stitching, Enjoy~ Christen


Elegantly Embroidered Silk Gardens: New Class

Elegant Gardens Wall Hanging/10 Lessons/$90.00

silk ribbon embroidery with ribbonwork flowers

Elegant Gardens consists of nine individual panels worked in a variety of silk bias ribbons and silk embroidery ribbons. Each individual garden is worked in a variety of stitches, which also include extra embellishments such as buttons, vintage lace or charms. Each of these vignettes could also be worked into an existing quilt block or square. There are fourteen embroidery stitches, which you will learn in Lesson 1. There are nine ribbonwork flowers that you will learn throughout the following lessons, with variations of the fourteen embroidery stitches.

Lesson 1: In this class you will learn the embroidery stitches that include the blanket, feather, pistol stitch, outline, straight, couched, lazy daisy, bullion, French knot, ribbon stitch, bullion tipped lazy daisy, petite rose center, ribbon rose and loop stitch. These will be worked in silk embroidery ribbon and threads. In the second part of the lesson you will prepare your squares of fabric for the following classes.

Panel 1~ Roses • Panel 2~ Lace and Irises • Panel 3~ Hanging Heart Vines

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Panel 4~ Lace and Pansies • Panel 5~ Lace, Roses and Vines • Panel 6~ Ribbon Basket

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Panel 7~ Fuchsias • Panel 8~ Hanky Basket • Panel 9~Lace and Vines

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Dress Up March

spring tea dressHere is Lizbeth’s dress for March, it is her Spring Tea dress. Please join the rest of the Dress Up group over at Alice and Camilla’s for their March productions!

close-up view of the ribbon workded flowersThe ladies that live in Lizbeth’s apartment building get together once a year and host a fundraiser for the local public gardens. Lizbeth loves to walk by the gardens on her way to work or for a weekend stroll, as do all of the other ladies that live around her.

Each has her own favorite, for instance Constance loves the roses, and Deborah loves the lily section, but Lizbeth is particularly fond of the pansy and petunia display. ribbon reticule

Lizbeth made her dress from vintage lace and vintage and new ribbon worked flowers. She dyed the lace and some of the ribbons for her gown.

She had seen a new shop in the village that had extraordinary accessories and thought she might find a purse to match her gown. She found the sweet little reticule on display with the parasol and the magnificent chapeau. Well there was no turning back when she saw the set displayed together. When she tried on the hat she felt a little bit like Eliza Doolittle on her way to the races, but she didn’t think that she would have a chance to say “Come on Dover, move your bloomin’ arse”!

She is a girl after my own heart, bold and beautiful, and she is definitely no shrinking violet!

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Sweet Little Girl: MMM challenge

mixed media collage

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week which is: Vintage Children. Take a moment to check out the other entries, there are a lot of really talented people who enter!

I started with a card that actually was a reproduction of a Victorian Greeting card. I added in bits of art paper, vintage lace, vintage Jacquard fabric, new paper lace, and a darling little birds next. I hand-made the ribbon worked flowers and leaves from vintage and new ribbons.

Enjoy, Christen

Longing for Spring: Collage Obsession # 4

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Longing for Spring

This is my entry for Collage Obsession #4: Longing… the image is of Marceline Day. I have used art paper, colored pencils, ink pen, novelty yarns, vintage lace, paper leaves and flowers, vintage millinery flowers and of course Marceline.

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Tea on Tuesday: Pretty in Pink

vintage tea mug, vintage lace

Pretty in Pink

Continuing with this months theme “Pink”, I thought that I would give you a little sizzle and feature “hot pink”! This color always reminds me of bubble gum, the ’60’s and cotton candy; and I of course love the movie too!

My Raspberry Zinger tastes especially good in this mug with the lovely pattern of swirls and flowers. I have also included a fascinator that I made with vintage milliner flowers and leaves and French wire ribbon, I wear it with the scarf that is shown further down the post. The vintage necklace is made from carved MOP flowers; and the vintage metal rose was a pin worn by my husband’s grandmother.

vintage buttons and beads

This is a close-up view of some of my favorite buttons and beads, all wonderfully interpret the color pink. Clockwise from the left: vintage carved pink shell buttons; pink fabric beads made in India; dyed pink flower charms; my favorite vintage glass bubble buttons; vintage molded glass heart shaped buttons; hand blown heart shaped glass beads; carved pink shell disc.

vintage lace

This is a group of vintage lace, a set of pink fingerless gloves, and vintage beads with my initial. The heart and trim on the left is crochet lace, and the trim to the right is tatted. What I will do with all of these initials I do not know yet!

knit scarf

This is a scarf that I knit from hot pink silk yarn and silk ribbon. I tied bits of silk ribbon into a ball, and knit two rows with the hot pink silk yarn, then knit two rows of the tied silk ribbon, and back to the silk yarn. Pretty simple and good thing too, cause I can’t follow a pattern!

pink bougainvillea

I will leave you with this last photo which is our Bougainvillea bush on the side of the house. It is full of a charming group of peep-peeps, which is my generic term for small happy birds that talk alot!

Happy tea to you, please join Kimmie and the rest of the group, everyone is welcome! enjoy, Christen

PS: I will be posting a special Valentine’s Day tea on Sunday!

PSS: If you haven’t signed up to win my offering for “One World One Heart” please do so!

Let’s Play Dress-Up: January Outfit

art doll

Lizbeth

I am joining a group for a year, we are playing Dress Up. Our challenge is to make a dress a month (mine is a little late for January), and to create a wardrobe for the clothes.

I decided to make a doll for the finished clothes, her name is Lizbeth. I named her after a girl that I met in design school, we became fast friends. I will tell you more about her in the months to come.

vintage lace dress

January Dress-UP

Here is her outfit for January. I layered vintage lace over a base of a ripped hanky and lace. I stitched this collage down by hand and machine. Her bonnet is made from a crochet flower with added silk ribbon trim. Her boots are made from muslin. All of these pieces fit on to her body with wire and ribbon.

doll body

Lizbeth

Here is her body, I just quickly put it together, using a mannequin shape for her frame.

Her arms and legs are made from wire, which I wrapped with silk ribbon. Her body is made from muslin. Her face is hand painted and detailed with ink pens.

Her wardrobe (shown above in the first picture) will be decorated in the months to come.

If you want to join us for Dress-UP pop on over to Alice and Camilla: Project 2010!

Enjoy- Christen