Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Making Progress.....

I've been working on my Stef Francis project this week.....above are a few details showing how far I've got. There's still lots to do......

This is how it started....
.....with a bit of help from Peachy :-)
Then it involved some maths...... :-/
...lots of cutting and bonding......

.......and choosing of threads and beads.

The final stage is hand-stitching and beading.....which I'm loving doing.
And there are enough pieces left over to make another 3 or 4!

I've decided to join in with Jude Hill's Magic Feather Project (see link in side bar).... if you visit her blog you'll see she's kindly giving free tutorials and lots of information regarding the project.
My first attempt was a bit too large and clumsy (I'm not good with satin stitch :-/ )

So I had another go and maybe this one will be sent to Jude...along with a couple of others hopefully.
She's aiming for 1000!! If you visit her blog you'll see the 143 she's already received. I think there's a Flickr group too (and Facebook).


And finally.......a lesson in how to relax from The Grand Master. He has it off to a fine art.......
Just wish I had his gift :-)


36 comments:

Maggi said...

The Stef Francis piece is just so gorgeous, can't wait to see it finished. I really like the new feather piece too. You've just got to love him in that waste basket!!!

Julie said...

Loving the look of your Stef Francis project and looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I made a start on a feather piece for Jude while I was at Birmingham but I still need to finish it.

Peachey is very much the expert! ;-)

Jackie said...

Ooh those Stef Francis pieces are wonderful. I used her threads for my metre piece when I did C&G. I love them.
Love the feathers too , and Peachy of course.

Heather said...

Peachy has impeccable taste when choosing the colours of fabrics for you to work with. No wonder the Stef Francis piece is so gorgeous. I love the feathers too - satin stitch is one of those deceptively simple stitches which is quite hard to perfect. Peachy could earn his keep by giving relaxation classes!

Terri said...

First of all, Peachy is a fine teacher!

Secondly, your newest textile adventure is amazing. Truly stunning work! It looks so fabulous with all those colors, textures and stitches. I love it!

Your satin stitch looks fine to me. What a lovely project.
Hugs,
Terri

Su said...

The colours in this are gorgeous - Peachy has VERY good taste!

Jill said...

Love the colours and stitching. Your feathers look great too. But most of all, thanks for the Peachy fix.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Always love seeing your amazing quilting projects and these feathers you embroidered are gorgeous and of course Peachy in the basket...tooooo cute!!

Sandy said...

Oh Linda this is amazing.
So wonderful. I love it.

La Dolce Vita said...

beautiful work and beautiful lazy beast... I know right? we wish we could loll like they can... xx

Dot said...

Gorgeous project Linda. I enjoy the detail you put into your art. And the colors are beautiful too! Giggled at the photo's of Peachy(the photo of him in the basket is a classic). Your feathers for Jude are gorgeous!
Dot xx

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What glorious colours and textures, fabulous. Peachy just cracks me up, big purrs :)

Jan said...

I love this piece you are making! I really enjoy this sort of thing with all the pieces and colors and stitching and beading. Are the fabrics silk or cotton? Maybe a mix of both. How big is it? Looks fairly small. Very nice.
good thing you have Peachy helping, I can tell he has been helping a lot because he is obviously exhausted. Poor thing.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Fantastic work as always Linda and my fave colors too. You have taken the feathers to heart, wonderful. That Peachy, wht a rascal! xox Corrine

Fabric Art said...

Linda your Stef Francis piece is gorgeous, love the colors,I can see Peachy is a great helper, great feathers for Jude's project.
Anni

Rein said...

This is gorgeous Linda!

Inge said...

The blues are gorgeous. i do also love the magic feather - Have a good time.

Judy S. said...

You've some great projects going there, Linda. That Peachy is so cute; aren't cats just the best?

Lynn said...

Ohhhhh Linda, this is absolutely over the top beautiful, and I can see why you are enjoying the hand stitching, it is so relaxing isn't it?
I can't believe how many ways Peachy can find to sleep LOL

Heloise said...

I love all the colours and textures in the Stef Francis piece. It says summer and the Mediterranean.

~*~Patty S said...

it all sounds absolutely except for the math part!!!

your color palette...even the type on your bbb post is my fav color Mz L

Peachy is very interactive isn't he...quite a people pleaser and a shutterbug too ;)

oxo

~*~Patty S said...

*wonderful*
I meant to say :)

AND
I enjoy embroidery so much it is relaxing...
I could use some spell check when leaving comments hah
oxo

Lynette (NZ) said...

Beautiful stitching...I have been thinking I would like to join the feather project. Your post helps to spur me closer :-)

BumbleVee said...

Peachy!! help....I desperately need some lessons in the part where you get to sleep in the weirdest positions.... oh, to just lie or sit anywhere and go to sleep......ahhhhh....now, that would be heaven.

love the colours you are working on....must go to see what each is about now....

Becca said...

Oo I love that piece! The colors and stitching detail are amazing! Of course as always, I love your little helper. Have a lovely weekend!

FredaB said...

Hi Linda

Your Stef Francis piece is wonderful. The colors just grab you. I would love to try this and will keep it in mind for the future. Too many things to try so little time to do it.

Hugs

FredaB

Catharina Maria said...

This is beautiful all that lovely colors together .
And Linda , Peachy can help you when you have something to do with needle felting .
What a lovely cat ♥♥♥
love ♥RINI♥

Els said...

Beautiful colours, Linda !!! The stitching is great, must be great fun with all those mixed colours.
And ... I love your feathers (sending off my last bunch tomorrow)

Shashi Nayagam said...

Looking awesome Linda!!

underatopazsky said...

The Stef Francis kit is gorgeous!! I love those colours and the way the pieces are turned and tweaked is fabulous. :o)

Rosemary said...

Oh, Linda, I have missed visiting your blog -it is so pretty and wonderfully inspiring and serene. Such a pleasure to come over and visit. This is gorgeous, I love the richness of the colors, the beading and stitching. I must check out the magic feather. Looks very interesting.

As I type this comment, I have my own in-home relaxation expert demonstrating her own techniques while meditating/purring...ahhhhh.

Emelie said...

I have thought of this work for 3 days, then I had to really think about where I saw it. All summer I had my strips of fabric sewed, I love to make blocks and have them ve off a bit or a lot I like unbalanced art.

This is so beautiful, of course jewel like and rich in stitches.

Thank you for this inspiration, I do not make to sell I just create for.......because I have to.

Lesley said...

Love your feathers! Cats really are masters at relaxing, aren't they?

Anesha said...

Wow your large piece is wonderful, love the squares with the feathers. Your ginger and white helper is wonderful. :)

Diana said...

Our kittys are very helpful in our studios. Love your pictures.

Morna said...

Wow - I do wish I understood how this was done. I would love to make an attempt. And your feathers are really lovely. You are doing some amazingly beautiful work. xo