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Monday, 31 May 2010

Fascinator number 2

Yes number 2 is finish. This one has been attached to a metal teeth hair comb that has been covered with satin ribbon. The flower, black bow and the leaves have been handmade by myself and stitched onto the comb. Pearls have been hand stitched to the centre of the flower.  Glue has only been used to attach the feathers.

My daughter has already bagged this one for a wedding she is attending this Saturday.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

My First Fascinator - Millinery 2010

Wow! at last I have made my first fascinator for the Millinery course I am on. It is made from black and cherise sinamay with feathers on a black "widows veil net" attached to a black sinamay fascinator base.

I handmade the three flowers a calla lily and 2 roses. It has all been hand stitched into place with only the feathers attached with glue.  On this course we have to keep visual evidence of our work and the process that we went through to completing our project. Well I am so glad I did as this final version is very different to how it originally started out. I will go back to my original concept and develop that one. But I never just stop I have already started my 2nd fascinator and some more flowers.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Millinery Course

I've always loved hats and always wanted to make one, not just the flat pattern ones but the ones that you have to block. Well last year I came across a NCFE course being run at South Birmingham College, very local to me, in Millinery. I instantly signed up for it. The 12 week course didn't actually start until March this year (I was so excited).
So far we have covered creating mood boards, colour theory, loads on hats and fashion, even a visit to Bridget Rilley exhibition at Birmingham Art Museum, all of which has been great. On a practical level we have created a variety of fabric flowers in all shapes, sizes, colours and different fabrics and with ribbons.

Yesterday we had a drawing lesson on how to draw a face, then how to draw hats then the combination of both. We also looked at creating images by ripping up newspapers and magazines, this was very interesting.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

More Fabric Party bags

I've had a very busy day today. I was house sitting this morning, then I went fabric shopping (over spent again), then this evening I made a few more pary bags.

I love the pink gingham with the embroidery stitching. I think I will out together an all girlie set. I just need to buy some boyish fabrics now.

Angelina Ballerina apron

I was out and about today when I came across some Angelina Ballerina fabric. I made it into this little girls apron. Ellie B Crafts

Thursday, 13 May 2010

All things girlie keyring or bagcharm

All the favourite things that we love put together to make this keyring or bagcharm fun to have. Made up of 7 individual plated or enamel charms taken from the following items.
  • Pink enamel heart
  • Little dress
  • Hat
  • Plated bag
  • Plated shoe
  • Enamel shoe
  • Flip flop
  • Cosmetic bag
  • Enamel bag
 Available to buy from ElliebCrafts and from my Folksy

Monday, 10 May 2010

I'm back

Sorry everyone for the long break, I've been very busy with this and that.  Mainly the jewellery workshops with Lordswood Girls School and the Sewing & Craft Club plus I am also doing a millinery course on a Saturday where we have just started to create a range of flowers made from fabric and ribbons.  It's always a challenge trying to find something new to do.

Well as promise I have a few things to give away. The first thing that I am putting in the pot is these "Make your own butterfly mobile phone charm kit" I have ten kits to give away (bead colour may differ).

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More things to come.......