Friday, 22 November 2013

Some new shapes

Still November and another post..what's going on ? Well this year I'm not doing any craft fairs and all my work is going to Galleries so I'm working on Brooches in small batches with great enjoyment. 
Sometimes its hard to get into the right frame of mind and I just go through the motions which is OK but sometimes the outcome is just a little 'less' than others. 
So its nice to be back 'In the zone' and producing. I came up with these shapes which I am quite partial to. Would you call them 'Oak leaves'? I don't know but I like them.

 I finish them with a bit of hand stitch which I really enjoy.
 They can bend in different directions, like a falling leaf.
 Then I came up with the two below. Straight away I thought 'Water boatmen' you know those little pond-skatery-type insects with lost of little spadey legs? I like these but they may not be for everyone!

 Then there's a spikey paisley
 and then there's this. Now I love this. Palest palest blue stitching on a grey background with a touch of olive.
 Some black on dark red , I made two hearts one bigger than the other. French knots again . Ooh fun.

Most of the above brooches are on their way to The Larks Gallery in Ballater, Scotland as we speak.

 Now these two hearts are part of the 'not quite as zingy as the rest' type so I am going to have a little sale in my etsy shop and these will be in it.

 Also in the sale , the brooches in this photo below. All are either slightly older stock or as described above.

 The pieces in pictures below are also going to be listed in my shop but these will be the usual full price.

Let the listing begin! Its a struggle.

Now I haven't said anything personal for ages so I'll just say these things: I had three Birthday related events this week even though my birthday was in July! A present from a friend, a meal out with my two bestest friends locally, and the delivery of a beautiful rose called 'Agatha' which was ordered by my son in good time for my birthday but they only get delivered in November. I really hope it does well
in our poor soil. I put a lot of compost from our bin in the hole but I don't hold out much hope.

In other news my younger son has started a new job. He says he feels like he did when he went from Primary to High School, but I'm sure he'll get used to it. On paper its his dream job and I'm proud of him.

Tomorrow I'm going the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. Maybe I'll see you there?

Thanks for all the comments on my last post. I was asked about the text stitching...I did it with teh sewing machine first using parchment on top with the words on, and then I pulled the parchment off and hand stitched over them.

And finally thank you everyone who visits my blog and the pops over to 'Top Blogs by Crafters' site. I've been top for ages ..I don't know why but there we are. You must be clicking through from here.
Thank you. xxxxxx


Terri said...

I love your posts, and the items you make are so unique. I think these reasons keep you on top of the list! (For me anyway.) Keep up the good work!

Heather said...

All of the brooches are beautiful but I do love the 'oak leaf' ones. Good Luck to your son for his new job. As for the new rose bush, I believe now is the time of year they appreciate a bit of well rotted manure spread round them. I am just about to do ours.

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Magpie's Mumblings said...

Yay! I just treated myself to your lovely little red/green brooch which will look absolutely smashing on my black winter coat. Yay!!!!!!!

Robin Mac said...

I love all your brooches but the water boatmen really appeal to me. I hope your son's job goes really well for him. Cheers

Georgia said...

I really love your brooches, but I can never really tell how big they are. They look huge, mainly because of the detail...I'd love to see some scale.

Jacqui Galloway said...

Love the brooches.

Chris H said...

OMGosh! I just saw some of your gorgeous work on Pinterest and tracked it back to your blog!
You are AMAZING!!! So talented.
I have done NO FELTING whatsoever, but I am inspired to try it asap!

Maggie said...

Hey Jackie,
I love, love, love your work!!! Do you make your own felt?
Maggie in Arizona, USA

Rachel said...

Hope you had a good time at Harrogate!

Anna said...

Lovely new work, the brooch I won in your give away has been much admired.

mimilove forever said...

Hey lovelies! Gorgeous stuff as ever misses, loving the rich colours. And I would've gone the wine route but didn't want to let go of the arms…besides it was only 45mins, not that I've ever had much of a prob necking a glass or 3 in that time! ;D Big loves and well done to the boy!! :) x

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Amitiés de Lucie

Wendy said...

I love the new shape, they're so beautiful. The hearts are gorgeous too

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