Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Corsages and two ladies


Well, the last post had a single corsage but now I have a grand total of five.


 They are a bit experimental, having a centre in my usual technique..velvet appliqued to felt, and the spiky bits are stitched on a separate piee of felt and cut out, along with a few extras, and then its all assembled and glued in place onto a very lovely antique bronzed suersize pin.
 They are perfect for adding to woollen things such as shrugs or shawls or cardigans. I have a felt coat which fastens with a pin, so I'll be using one of these from now on.

This one is more oval in outline which I thought someone might like.
 I have also started the smaller brooch trail with this red heart...
 I thought I'd show the difference in size, and I love photographing piles of things!

Here's something I started ages ago. I have wanted to make a mirror in felt for a long time but wasn't quite sure where to start. 
I did start with this piece of felt quite a while ago. The little blobs were added pre-felts and were just placed roughly in a 'growy' sort of way.....you see I don't really know what I'm doing?


So I just started stitching and chopping until I had this.
 I like the colours and they remind me of pre-Raphaelite paintings. From there I leapt to The Lady of Shalott. She viewed the world through a mirror from a tower and wove her tapestry until Sir Lancelot came trotting by and she was smitten, and....
Well you'll have to read it for yourself. Its quite mesmeric so I added a few scene-setting words that I liked.

You may guess the word River would be in the next lines.
'Thro the wave that runs forever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot'
Perhaps I should make a companion piece with the rest of the verse!


 Here it is standing on a rather grubby island in the river of untidiness that is my workroom.

And here is not...the Lady of Shalott.


But here is my little Lady in relaxed mode after her op.
I'm happy to say she is much better now. The collar is off but we have to keep our eyes on her for stitch biting.

36 comments:

marigold jam said...

For someone who doesn't know what she's doing your work is fabulous!! Glad the little dog is on the mend.

karen said...

poor little dog.....I know she will be better looked after than the other half!
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Jackie K. said...

Groaning at your gorgeous pins here...wishing (temporarily) for cardigan weather. But no - sticking to my tropical locale and your pins and bag embellishments instead!

Love these, Jackie!

Maggi said...

Gorgeous corsages and the mirror is stunning. Poor Hetty, what's she had done?

Linda said...

Oh poor little Hetty...looks like she's resigned to her situation for the time being ;-)

The brooches are awesome Jackie ....for some reason I especially like the oval one. You're right....they'd look great on a shawl.
Fab mirror too (love that poem)
xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

All gorgoeous! I love the colours and the mirror piece is absolutely stunning.

Hope Hetty improves soon.

Heather said...

Love the corsages especially the red one, it really glows, and the mirror is magical.
Love to Hetty - she looks very relaxed as she recuperates on the sofa.

Twiglet said...

Your corsages are really lovely - a clever idea and that Lady of Shallot mirror is perfect - I was thinking the same as I followed the page down! x Jo

Wendy said...

Jackie, they're Beautiful!
And the Mirror in Felt?
Absolutely Gorgeous!!!
Love, love, LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing.
=-)

Lorraine said...

more lovely inspiration..marvellous..sorry about your poor dog though

kristin said...

jackie, your corsages are GORGEOUS!!

Annie said...

Poor Hetty - the head bucket is unpleasant for her but it's essential post-op.

I love the finished piece - so original and beautiful.

sharon young said...

What a gorgeous mirror, I love the connection too.
Glad little Hetty is improving.

Magic Bean said...

I just don't know where to start. The spike brooches end mass remind me of a gorgeous buncg of autumnal chrysanthemums. Not at all garage bouquet but rather more Sarah Raven...
And then I literally swooned when I saw the mirror and then when the poetry was revealed I could hardly contain myself. That is one of my faves. And stitched onto such a gorgeous piece of art, well, swoon again.
Have a very happy Thursday. All day I will be thinking of TLOS. Thank you. Ax

Magic Bean said...

That is of course, bunch... x

Magic Bean said...

And forgot to send doggy get well wags to The Poorly One. x

Fibre frenzi said...

I love your work and empathise with lamp-shaded dog!

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Your brooches are always wonderful and the mirror is a work of art. I am almost lost for words. I enjoy felt making but haven't done any for a while. I have some lovely shades of merino wool thatI bought a while ago,I will have to get them out and have a play. Although I wouldn't be able to produce something as beautiful as that. Hope poor little Hetty is better soon

Lyn said...

I love the mirror! and your new brooches too of course. Glad the little lady is on the mend.
xxx

Carol Q said...

oh yum - a visual feast Jackie. those pins sound fiddly but what a result - love the big round red one. I could easily find your mirror in a textile gallery. what a stunner. Hugs to Hetty - she looks relaxed anyway.

Wendy said...

As ever, your work is beautiful. The new brooches are fabulous and I love the mirror too.

Chloe said...

That mirror is lovely, so unusual! I adore the corasages too :)

Sending hugs to Hetty!

jennyflower said...

I love that poem; the mirror cracked from side to side- the curse has come upon me cried- the lady of shalot(sp?)- hope your fabulous mirror stays in one piece and you remain un-cursed! Those massive pins are so dramatic- lush! xxx

Rachel said...

The mirror is very successful, and very modern-pre-Raphaelite - well done indeed!

Rosie said...

LOVE the lady of Shalott inspired piece! You are SO clever.

Els said...

Ahhh Jackie, your mirror is so wonderful : mirror, mirror on the wall, Jackie is the most inventive of all !!!!

Anne B said...

I love this mirror. Looks like it's alive. Very tolkein-esque. Poor old Hetty - she'll soon be back to normal though.

Robin Mac said...

I am again very slow in catching up on your blogs. The pins are stunning, but I love the heart to bits. The mirror is something else again - I would be standing all day just admiring it - gorgeous. Poor Hetty, she should be back to her normal self very soon. Cheers

Magpie's Mumblings said...

awwwww - poor wee doggie. Definitely in need of long-distance hugs and pats from me!! As for the brooches - so very pretty (I'm in the oval shape camp....love it!). And the mirror - love it too, but have to admit I could do without the mirror part because I generally avoid those like the plague...much, much too depressing!

Carol said...

I love the brooches!!!

Carol said...

I love these brooches!!!

Olivia john said...

I love your work.All gorgeous!
Embroidery designs

Mary Ann said...

Absolutely gorgeous:)

Thimble Fingers said...

Your mirror is absolutely delightful, but then I think that of all your designs. Hugs to Hettie.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

The felt mirror frame is stunning.
Anne x

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Jackie. I agree with the above. The frame is a knock-out! Lovely colors, stitching and design. Great idea.
best, nadia



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