Friday, June 26, 2009

Newsletter from June 19th:

Hi Everyone!

This week I started work on my altered umbrella for the month of April.

You can find out a lot more about it here:

I'm really excited about this piece and looking forward to working into it.

umbrella fabrics umbrella work in progress pics

I recently started spinning some of the fleece I was given in May. You can check on my progress in my recently updated lens here:

Check out this lady for some amazing mixed media work, including poem spoons!:

Melted Fabrics news is a little sparse at the moment because I have two deadlines, both at the end of June- one is a short story competition and the other is a Squidoo competition so I'm hard at work editing stories and lenses.

I do, however, plan to get a lot of sewing done next week, even if it's just the preliminary sewing of textiles. At some point I also want to start experimenting with making felt and textiles bags and I have a textiles bag idea that I'm just dying to make so keep your eyes peeled for those things!


I've got to disapear now and get ready to meet a someone about exhibiting my textiles in a local street market so stay happy and well and enjoy your weekend everyone!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Newsletter from 12th June:


I hope everyone’s had a great week.

This week I got started with playing about with ideas for the month of February on my Melted Fabrics calendar.
You can find out about the calendar here:

And February specifically here:
I’m still working on ideas for it, here’s one of the doodles I’ve been working on:

Self Doodle

I’ve made a lens about my love of Klimt’s paintings and how he’s inspired my textiles work. If you’re interested, check it out here:

This lens is about how I recycle fabrics and where my fabrics come from:

Just to prove I can be demure sometimes, here are the textiles for a bag I'm working on at the moment:

Black and white

A quick appeal to anyone who loves reading urban fantasy/ fantasy/ whimsical/ mythical tales:

I don't know her personally, but Catherynne M Valente is the author of one of my favourite books, The Orphan’s Tales. I recently heard she’s having some serious financial difficulties, so if you enjoy mythical or fantasy novels I really recommend her work. It’s not a case of not being able to pay the mortgage, it’s a case of not being able to pay the rent or buy food.

In her livejournal entry here she talks about a book she’s writing for free and posting to her journal with just a donate button where you can pay whatever you like for each chapter.

And this sounds like a really awesome idea:
For $10 a month ($100 for the year) Catherynne will send you a package which includes a short story, artwork and mystery other bits and pieces. $10 isn’t a lot to just try it for one month. Remember if you’re not in the US to ask her the price for your country.

You can also buy her e-books here: including TheOrphan's Tales Vol 1 & 2.

The orphan's tales features a girl who has stories written in dense tiny lettering around her eyes.


Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, June 12, 2009

Newsletter from 5th June:

Hi Everyone!

This week I finally finished my four historical lady textiles pieces. You can find them in my newly edited page for them here:

Finished Jane Finished Bustle Lady


I started making the January Resolutions wall hanging for my Melted Fabrics Calendar:

Resolutions doodle January Resolutions

and you can find out more about her here:


I’m planning to start work again on my Summer Art Quilt

I’m wondering whether I might enter it into a quilt competition, but perhaps it’s not traditional enough. For the competition it also has to be 100-120” when finished and my central piece is currently just over 30” square- so that’s a lot of extra fabric!


I’ve made a collection of all the mother and child textiles pieces I’ve made here:

More information will be added soon.


Enjoy your weekend everyone! I've got a lot of sewing to get done!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, June 05, 2009

Newsletter from May 29th

Hi Everyone!

I’ve got two of my historical ladies into a state that I’m more than happy with them. I just need to get the other two done. I was hoping to have them all finished before the end of May and I hope I’ll still make that target. I’m in the frame of mind now where I just want to get them finished with and move onto something new and exciting, like that altered umbrella from a couple of weeks ago and the Resolutions wall hanging I showed you a doodle of last week. And oh my goodness, do I ever want to start knitting and spinning again!

Anyway, here are Queen Bess and Marie Antoinette:

Bess done, I think! Marie Antoinette

One of the frustrating things about the way I work is that sometimes you can’t just finish things as quickly as you’d like and move onto the next piece. Sometimes you have to do a bit and then hang it up on the wall and contemplate it for a few days before you can move onto the next bit.

My sewing this week has been greatly aided by Neil Gaiman’s reading of The Graveyard Book. Check it out here:


I’ve made a couple more lenses about my degree years so if anyone’s interested in costume, or just early textiles work of mine they’re here:

Sample from Salome Sample from Salome

Samples from Sadko Samples from Sadko


Well, I'm off for a lovely walk in the sun with my mum and then it's back here to the sewing!

Wishing you a creative weekend!

Happy Crafting!