pocket swaps 3 + 4

our online group has asked each of the pocket swap participants to make 2 more pockets

not a problem – i loved making them!

in fact, i couldn’t stop (click here to see what evolved)

so it was no hardship to start on a couple of extra ones

this time i used some scraps of leftover fabric which i had designed myself, using pastel rubbings, printing with hand carved stamps, painting with dye (dye-na-flow) and foiling

i’ll probably line them with some pieces of hand dyed fabric from my stash

more progress photos soon …

7 days, 1 magazine

i’ve attacked/tackled the collages and triumphed!

one mediocre magazine in shreds, and 8 (not 7) collages done

no stitching or embellishments (unusual for me); just scissors and glue

the task (a challenge set by online group cloth paper studio) –

Take one magazine and use it to make 7 collages. Not fine art, just quick cut
and glue to use as inspiration later on. The idea is to make one a day for a
week, but it’s okay to make two a day, or just make 5, no rules except you have
to use only one magazine.

(rules are meant to be broken, after all)

pocket swap 1

recently i was invited to join an online group called cloth paper studio

I have put my hand up for one of their swaps, which is to make a layered and stitched fabric pocket which can be incorporated into a book (click here to see a wonderful example of the finished product)

here is my first attempt for the swap, made from brocade, damask, silk, satin, linen and cotton from my stash, as well as trimmed edges from used teabags

it is entirely hand stitched

each of us will make 2 pockets to send away, and in return we will each receive 2 new ones from other members

at least one fabric has to be upcycled (not a problem for me, as most of what i’ve used is upcycled, as well as the buttons)

I also collaged the trimmings on top for added texture, and added a little bit of embroidery

just have to find a closure for it now …