Sunday, 1 May 2011

By the skin of my teeth

I'm here! What with a post wedding BBQ today (we're friends of the parents (now that's telling!) whoes daughter got married yesterday) the youngests 'World Challenge trip to Mongolia in June' tabletop sale yesterday, B&B hotting up, one or 2 peeps to the studio, making some felt with a friend so I could create some 'Mongolian felt' cards for the sale it's been one of those weeks.

Inspired by Ro Bruhn I made for the first time some felt circles for fundraising cards. I'd never done a felt sausage to cut up before , very exciting. They ended up minescule, about the size of a 10p piece or a quarter - if the Middlest brings some Oz currency home I'll make a further comparison.


We sold a couple & I'll put a pile in the studio with some spiel about the trip. He's been charged £250 for his inoculations against tic bourne ecephalitis, rabies & Hep B. I love the NHS, it's been good to me (Hep C was free!) but really, poor lad on top of £3,500! I made a sweet ;) little garland for the sale table - string with lots of strips of blue fabric tied to it representing Mongolian prayer flags. Forgot to take a pic. I'm sure deep down the youngest was delighted with my effort!

This weeks pennant couldn't help but be inspired by the Royal Wedding. I did watch it, caught up with B&B ironing to justify standing still for so long. Another reason I was late this week, didn't 'design' the pennant till Friday. The colors are worn by the Prince himself - the Irish Guards uniform; by the Yeoman of the Guard - they were standing half way up the congregation, I think; the Coral Scholars with the little lace collars, the divine little page boys, the State Livery worn by all the footmen & of course the Vics various at the front of the church in all their finery.


The red crosses on chocolate paper with red back & gold twist couched down with zigzag & lace from the Choir & of course the lovely dress, at the bottom. The square is organza on gold velvet - I attempted the reverse aplique Cross - from the vicars vestments - could have done with a bit more practice but it's quirky. The tear drop 'jewels'  & the diamond shape with little gold leaf pen squares painted on are also inspired by the vestments. A few beads dotted around in the corners. All surrounded by a thin piece of ribbon found while rummaging in another drawer. Probably the most patriotic thing I've made. I enjoyed it ;)



I really must make some samples for my book, but it's really quite intense once you start. Maybe if I allowed myself more time.....

14 comments:

Katie said...

love the latest pennant...and those cards are cute.

Iz said...

I like the cards...I feel another distraction coming on! Where's my wool?

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Your felt cards are wonderful. So innocent and charming. Lovely wedding that, she looked soooooooooooo elegant...and relaxed and composed which amazed me. Terrific banner, your really starting a trend there. xox Corrine

Ro Bruhn said...

Another great use for the little felt circles, they are such fun to make. I'm going to use some of mine as buttons. Thanks for the link.

Suztats said...

Lovely to see what you've been creating! I like everything!

ju-north said...

Beautiful work - a great reminder of the day!

linda said...

Fabulous Emma! obviously watching the wedding wasn't a waste of time because you've been inspired to create - love the cards too.

Jenxo said...

wonderful Emma, love your simple felt cards and the not so simple banner :)

Jill Eudaly said...

Your pennants are wonderful. so much detail. Nice job on the cards, they have such a sweetness to them. I'm sure they will be a hit.
I watched the wedding for the hats!!! Sooo, did you hear any good details about the wedding at the BBQ that the news left out? email me! just kidding. I would never be able to live so publicly. Then again I do post parts of life on my blog.
Have a great day!
jill

Lynda Howells said...

Love your work as usualxxxx I went to wedding it was amazing.xxWell done for your cardsxI would love to learn how to make those felt bitsx lynda

Jill said...

Love your pennants - so much thought and work in them. You seems to be very busy. You were talking about pricing postcard-size pieces - and yes they can be mini works of art - I'm sure your pennants are not much larger, and look at how much work is in them. I'm not sure if I shall have any finished and for sale in my Open Studio Month so pricing may not be a problem!

layers said...

You certainly sound very busy and so kudos to you for finding time to be creative and to create cards and pennants... wonderful.

Linda said...

Well it doesn't sound like you're bored Emma ;-)
Glad you're keeping busy and enjoying the sunshine. The pennant looks great...and clever of you to do the associated artwork; I should do more of that.
Email following later...
XX

Jan said...

I like this new piece and it will always remind you of the wedding now. Thanks for the explanation of how you created it, I always find that interesting.