Thursday, 26 August 2010

A surprise postcard & a couple of strips of squares

It's been an age since I've posted & I've tried so many times to get to a new post but to do this you must first do that, to do that you must first do this & on & on! Story of my life  ; 0.

I got a lovely surprise in the post the other day. This gorgeous postcard arrived, out of the blue!




On the back of the envelope it says "Unsolicited post from Stephie Sounds" The name on the address label is Stephanie Norgaard. There's no blog address so if no one has got her blog address I will write .....a postcard!

On the back there's a great poem; you can see part of the poem on the front, too.


(I can't believe someone cast a shadow there!)

Poignant words indeed. I just want to say a really big thank you, I love it!

Two lots of squares today.



Bits & pieces from my bits box, firecracker paper surrounded by an envelope window - the boys were delighted to buy firecrackers in France! Bits of paint from my saucer pallet; I love soaking the old paint a little & peeling it off in sheets, then you need to decide which side to use! I've edged it in gold pen...of course. More bits from my box with a poor great tit's feather, ;( - I couldn't not keep it! Packaging residue & finally I changed  my scalpal blade & used that packaging.

This next row is just a start. I finally got an embellisher machine with my hard earned birthdaymoney!




 Oh my goodness it's such fun, I've just been making marks, as per the helpfull DVD that comes with it. I'd  seen someone make a ribbon flower, too. I am owed an hour's workshop...when I'm next 5 hours away in Edinbro, meanwhile I shall surf a bit for info & how to's. I'd been considering Maggie Grey's book on embellishing, does anybody have it? What else is helpful for a complete embellishing beginner? I'll be so glad not to be poking the single needle into, then out the other side of my finger, again! & it's so much more gentle on the hands...& elbows & shoulders ;) I shall certainly be investing in some more wool roving but I already have hundreds of bits & pieces of salvaged fabric that I can't wait to turn into new fabric. At least a lifetime's work, I think!

13 comments:

Jill said...

What a great surprise postcard - and love your squares as always.

ju-north said...

Pleased you got your embellisher! It's amazing what you can do with it

Jill Eudaly said...

nice post card. not sure what an embellisher machine is. is it just a wool felter or does it do other things as well?
jill

mano said...

I love this surprise card! I think it's great to find it in your letter box!

Heloise said...

Great surprise card. Enjoy using the embellisher. I hope you have more luck using it without breaking needles than I do.

Catharina Maria said...

Your fabric squares are sublime !
Love from ♥RINI♥

Lorraine said...

glad you treated yourself to an embellisher..I have had a go on one ages ago and loved it as it makes instant backgrounds out of roving, fine ribbon, mesh, net etc etc..havent got the maggie grey book but I am sure there would be stuff on you tube.thanks for your comments on my blog and I am glad that doing a bit of yoga has helped you. I need to get back to the gym I think when the kids go back to school next week to get rid of the 10lbs I have put on!!

dosfishes said...

I like your little denim heart. Great collage pieces as usual. Such a wonderful post card, hope you find out who sent it. xox Corrine

Jan said...

How wonderful to still have some postcards trickling in. Love your new squares too. I'm jealous that you got an embellisher. How many needles? I keep considering one but so far make do with hand held needles. Maybe some day...

Julie said...

I love the frayed edge on the postcard and you've made a great start with the embellisher. Janice Gunner has book about it I think and has some good design ideas. Dale Rollason in Australia at the Thread Studio has a good book on it too. I think it's called embellish, Stitch Enrich. I thought I'd got it somewhere but I can't lay my hands on it just now.

fibrefrolics said...

Ooh, you are going to have such fun with your embellisher. Its a good idea to have a good supply of spare needles I find! I have a book by Sheila Smith called "Embellish, stitch, felt" (Batsford) that has some nice ideas in it. U-tube is great for ideas too.
Love your squares. My favourite is the first one I think. Enjoy :-)
Penny

Linda said...

Oh lucky, lucky you...I've been hankering after an embellisher ever since I saw one being demonstrated at the Living Threads exhibition.
Your squares look great together....I like them all :-)

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