Sunday, January 27, 2008

Mix and match...........

Today I started dragging out all kinds of fun stuff to make Valentine heart-shaped pins. And mini-pillows. And sachets. Ideas just keep coming! And time is short, as usual........it was just Christmas, for heaven's sake! Now the stores have Valentines already out to sell, and the Easter bunnies won't be far behind! So I thought I'd better get MY behind in gear.........
Felt, ribbons, laces, beads, wool and soy silk rovings, hand-dyed velvet and buttons........surely I have all the "makings" for LOTS of heart thingies to sell and give for Valentine's Day! It's amazing what you can put together with ONLY bits and pieces of scrappy things, if you don't throw away those clippings of metallic threads or fabric or yarns............stay tuned............
I found these wonderful sheets of wool felt at "joggles.com" and cut out shapes from all my stash of pink/red/purple mixes. Then stuck a thick felt heart under the Babylock Embellisher machine to punch some dangling yarns onto it, and immediately broke one of the seven needles! Arggggh.....!
Okay: I can just keep "felting" with the other needles. One day I broke four within an hour. Then I can go weeks without breaking one.......I should have checked for the thickness of the felt first. I make the kind of art that is called "learn as you go".......so these pins I can see in my head won't be able to be made altogether with the Embellisher. That would be super-quick, but now I think I'll add the embellishments by hand and use some great colors of hot pink and red and gold metallic threads I got for Christmas. Hopefully in a day or so I can show you some finished pins!

6 comments:

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

Love all your goodies -- you have a great head start for Valentine's Day.

Have fun with your embellisher --

Gypsy said...

How lovely, Phyl! I have got to stop over-extending myself, or learn to make smaller dolls, so I have more time to do these things.
ps you have been tagged for a game of meme at my blog http://gypsysramblings.blogspot.com come join the fun!

NeereAnDear said...

Looks as if you are having a bit of fun with all those goodies... I started somewhat on your winning prize... got the zinnia drawn onto the canvas... I cant wait to see how it ends up... so excited I may do a few more...

HUGS

JO

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Hey those wool felt sheets are FUN FUN FUN! Can't wait to see what you make with all of that stuff. ~Monica

Maggie R said...

Love the felt sheets Phyl, and all the extras. Your creations will be awesome... I want to see them when you're done;-}
((((hugs))))
Maggie

tammy said...

looks like fun phyllis!!
great colors
can't wait to see what you make :)
tammy