Sunday, December 3, 2017

WEEKLY HANDMADE GIFT CHALLENGE WEEK 4



WEEKLY HANDMADE GIFT CHALLENGE
WEEK 4 - CRAZY QUILTED GIFT POUCH



Step 1:  Complete a Crazy Patch /Crazy Quilting Block.

My completed block is 16 cms( 6 1/2 inches) wide
x 13 cms (5 1/4 inches) High.

I have started with the image of this lady featuring poppies 
and a dove. Available from

I framed her with a selection of dupioni scraps I had available.
 Added a piece of vintage tatted lace in one seam, and a few
hand dyed lace flower remnants, a brass key,organza 
embroidered lace trims.

Step 2: Added Silk Ribbon to the image of the poppies 
with Ribbon Stitch, also the butterfly and then
carried the butterflies in a line through to the
side.  Black Kreinik threads in long stitch to form the body,
and small french knots for the antenna. For assistance
with the butterflies go to the Insect Tutorial.

The larger poppies are made as a gathered stitch forming
a circle as you go in 7 mm Silk Ribbon. Similar to the
Stems and Leaves in 4 mm Emerald Green Silk Ribbon, by 
tightly twisting the ribbon to form a stem.
Pearls  beads added to the organza flowers in the centre 
and green and black beads for the poppies.
Seam embellishments in Kreinik in gold and brass with
addition of complementary seed beads.





Step 3:  Red Dupioni measuring 21 cms x 16 cms.
 (8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches)
Fold in half wrong side facing out. Place on block which
 is facing up as shown in the image below.
Machine Stitch down the 3 sides not the top seam.
 Over lock the seams and trim the corners to give a softer curve.
Turn right side out with the block facing out,
 pocket formed at the back and stitched
to the Crazy Quilting Block in 1 step.




The extra silk became the band of the pouch.
Press with iron for a 1 cm fold and then fold again over
 the top edge. As you would with Bias Binding.
Press Again and then machine stitch the binding down. 

Options for Closure:  
 Press studs, Velcro, Lengths of silk ribbon attached
to the bias to tie. Magnetic dots.




Turn this into a gift and gift wrapping all in one, by filling
 with a gift of your choice. eg. if you have a specific
purpose for this pouch, customise to fit the gift.

Suggestions:  Jewellery, tissue pouch, gift cards, 
small diary or address book, and for the 
Crazy Quilter or Embroiderer add a selection of needles, 
needle nest, silk ribbons, threads, embellishments, etc.




Carol Daisy

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Glasses Pouch with Silk Ribbon Flowers


WEEKLY HANDMADE GIFT CHALLENGE Week 3



Silk Ribbon Embroidered Glass Pouch

Week 3 of the challenge.Glass Pouch Embroidered with Silk Ribbon Flowers


For guidance and tutorials go to the Loop Flower Tutorial This is based on the Free Design "Lemon Blossom"







Larger Flowers are Loop Flower in 
Kacoonda 7 mm 010 Pure Silk Ribbon.
Smaller Ribbon Stitch Flowers in Blue 
with soft green Ribbon Stitch Leaves. 
 Larger Leaves from Loop Flower in Soft Green 7 mm.
Addition of Beads from TOHO Seed Bead Mix - Hime Pink.
Just love working with these beads. The assortment of sizes
gives so much variety and options all in one Mix.
And adding another layer with Czech Pressed Flowers, and 
small pieces of Hand Dyed Lace.

1. Begin with the Ribbon Embroidery.
Allow more fabric than is necessary for the 
finished size of the glass case, as you will need to 
place in a hoop to complete the SRE. 

2. Mark out an area for the embroidery, tacking down a piece
of pellon at the back of the fabric. 
( Be guided by the finished width of the case and 
glasses size.)

3.  Using a water erasable pen, mark the area for the larger
Loop Flowers and smaller Ribbon Flowers. The areas
in between can be filled in with leaves beads etc. 

4.Use the Loop Flower Links above to complete the Embroidery.

5. With Beading Thread add the Beads to the centres of the flowers, Pressed Flowers with Seed Bead Centre and some smaller beads scatter through the design.



6. Enlarge the fabric area with complimentary colours.
 to form the front and lining of the pouch.

Example:  Embroidered Fabric - Soft Rose Pink in Faux Silk.
Inside Lining - Gold Shot Dupioni.
Pocket Fabric - Hot Pink in Silk Blend Shantung.



7.  Complete the two separate pieces. I have placed a
fold in the top edge of each pocket, which I hand stitched
over to close.

8. The curve was marked with the water erasable pen
using the hoop as the guide.

9. Stitch the side seams of both pieces.

10. Turn the lining piece right way around.

11. Place inside the outer piece and stitch the embroidered fold over area with the curved edge as marked. 

12. Turn right side out and stitch the 2 folded edges together
with hidden running stitch.

13. Add a press stud or magnetic stud for closure.







There are some great Tutorials available by searching on
Pinterest. Here are two great sites that have a well documented tutorial in making a pouch in this way. 






http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/envelope-clutch-tutorial.html











http://www.handmadiya.com/2016/07/makeup-bag-with-magnetic-clasp-tutorial.html






Reference is given to certain colours in the Challenge Project, 
but can easily be adapted to whatever fabric and Silk Ribbon 
you have at hand. 
I am sure there would be some Ladies on your Christmas Gift
List who would be thrilled to get a Pouch like this,
lovingly created by yourselves.

Carol Daisy





Sunday, October 29, 2017

WEEKLY HANDMADE GIFT CHALLENGE Week 2

Silk Ribbon Embroidered Bookmarks 


Week 2 of the challenge. 
It has been great working on these and finding scraps of laces and ribbon to use. You may find other options in your stash. 

I came across this great tutorial by Christie, as a 
Diy Ribbon Book Mark.

https://www.sparklesofsunshine.com/ribbon-bookmarks





and thought they would look gorgeous as an 
embroidered item.

Follow the link above to see how Christie made hers, the only main difference with my effort is that the ribbon has to be longer to cover the Embroidered area.
Whatever length you need for the completed item
 add half again 
eg. Finished length  42 cms ( 16.5 inches)  
 add 21 cms  (8.5 inches) for the fold over and seams.
Length of Ribbon to start 63 cms (25 inches)

For the ribbon lengths to be inserted in the hoop I 
tacked the lengths onto a piece of interfacing.
This is easily cut or torn off when completed and gives a base to stitch down the ribbons.







1.  Pink Grosgrain Ribbon 25 mm (1 inch)
3 Hand Dyed Lace Motifs, Pearl Centres,
 Sequin Cupped Flowers with smaller pearl centre,
 Pressed Glass Flowers.
Silver Hair Tie, Mother of Pearl Button. Running Stitch
of Kreinik Lilac Thread at the edges.

2.Cream Grosgrain Ribbon 25 mm (1 inch) 
 Trellis of Roses, Rosebuds and Leaves in Ribbon Stitch.
Small Butterfly Lace Motif and Button, Pink Hair Tie.
For instruction on how to complete Roses and Rosebuds.
Tutorial: Rosebuds

Ribbon Stitch  or Side Bar for these and other flowers. 

3.  Two Tone Wired Taffeta Green Ribbon  25 mm ( 1 inch)
Pansies - 3 and Buds.
Scattering of Metallic Black/ Bronze Seed Beads. 
Black Elastic threaded through a length of
 fine black trim and stitched at ends to
 form a circle. Mauve/ Brass Button.

4.  Two Tone Wired Cream Pink Taffeta 25 mm ( 1 inch ) 
Small Hand Dyed Lace Pieces, Sequin Flowers, 
Glass Pressed Flowers, Bee Charm. Bronze/ Pearl Button.

5. As shown in top image is a row of Dragonflies in 
Silk Ribbon Embroidery.
Tutorial : Insects


Notes: A small piece of stiffening can be placed between the layers to give a stronger base for the button, as the taffeta ribbons are quite soft.
The wire can be removed from the taffeta edge after completing the embroidery, but it does tend to fray
 once you do this. 

These would also look great embroidered onto a
young girls hair band.

Carol Daisy