Monday, 30 November 2015

61/100 Bag Moths and feather stitch

Looks much better using coloured fabric.

a creative desk!

Next year I am teaching a creative class where we will be playing with  traditional embroidery stitches and seeing what happens. I have to do some sample pieces so the students know the kind of thing they could do. This is my first one, I love it, only using feather stitch with different thicknesses of thread, stranded cotton and sewing thread.  I am going to do another one with the background covered with stitch and the image left blank.


Sunday, 29 November 2015

60/100 bag moths

I like the fringe around the top of this bag but it would look better if the bag was not white. I think I will do another one tomorrow with a different fabric.

59/100 Bag Moths

I knitted this bag late last night while I was waiting for our Christmas cake to finish cooking, so this is yesterdays. I will do todays later and post it tonight.I knitted it like an icord and just increased the number of stitches on the way up. Could be quite a cool handbag if I carried on knitting!

Friday, 27 November 2015

58/100 Bag Moths

I really love these wire bags, this one has a double wire with a few clear, plastic beads.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

57/100 bag moths

A plain white bag today with lots of bling!!! Maybe this Bag moth has decorated her house for Christmas.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

56/100 Bag Moths

Fine wool wrapped round a rolled up plastic bag.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

55/100 Bag Moths

A Tula Pink bag moth today, I was just finishing off my house quilt and used the selvedge off the fabric.

Monday, 23 November 2015

54/100 bag moths

I did this canvas work bag today and it looked a bit dull so I found these flower beads and it made all the difference.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

52 and 53/100 Bag Moths

A twist of fabric with running stitch to hold it together

Wire covered in gathers up fabric, I think I needed a longer bit of wire for this one, looks a very short, fat bag moth!

Friday, 20 November 2015

51/100 bag moth

Just rolled up paper today, I like how you get little sections of text as the paper rolls round.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

50/100 bag moths. Half way!!

I just love these wire bags, I pushed the wire through the middle of the cord I used yesterday and then tied some of the cord to the spiral, I love the shadow they create on the wall.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

49/100 bag moths

I found this piece of slightly shiny cord in a box, it makes a very clam bag moth for today. Almost half way through, I can feel myself coming out of the middle slump!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

48/100 bag moths

Slightly larger bag today. I thought the bags were going to be bigger when I started this 100 day project but they seem to be staying small.

Tonight we went to a very interesting talk by Jeff Thomson the sculptor, we are very lucky and he lives in Helensville and gave his talk in his studio, it was fantastic, he works with corrugated iron in an amazing number of different ways. My head is now dreaming of corrugating quilts!!! I feel a sleepless night coming on!!! A corrugated house quilt would be great, not sure how you would store it!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015


I have joined all my houses together. I am now planning a thin green border then a wider crazy scrap border then who knows!!
I have had an idea to try and do a large free cut skull, too many ideas at the moment and not enough time, I just write them down in the sketch book and go back to them when I have time.

45 & 46/ 100 Bag Moths

Bag moth 45, I like the coloured spots and numbers, didn't get the shape right.

Bag Moth 46, one of my favourites so far, just a bunch of fabric from the bin wrapped in thread.

Friday, 13 November 2015

43 & 44/100 bag moths

I forgot to do a bag moth yesterday so 2 today. Getting to about half way and its starting to get hard to do one every day, but I love them all hanging up so will get through the hard middle hump.
one of the set patterns on my machine on a strip of bias binding.

free machining and then shut into a shape with zigzag.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

42/100 Bag Moths

A string of buttons for bag number 42

I have started to put my free cut houses together, after a long time looking at fabric to be the joining fabric I decided on this Tula Pink , looks great. Working without a plan takes much longer than working with one, not sure I like the process much but saying that I do like the look of the end result.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

41/100 bag moths

A small scrap of Kaffe that I just couldn't throw away, twisted up and stitched. I love the colour of this fabric.

Monday, 9 November 2015

40/100 Bag Moths

Bag moth 40 is just a roll of printed paper.
I have been working on some of the instructions for the book today so this is a page that was re-written a few times. It is amazing what you forget to put in the 1st time you write something down.
I also seem to have to print it off to spot the mistakes, not very good at reading on a screen!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

39/100 Bag Moths

Beaded wire bag
I had run out of space on my pin board for the bags so I have moved them into my hall, all pegged onto a string with tiny fairy pegs. I couldn't remember the order I had made them so the 1st 38 are just pegged up in a random order.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

38/100 Bag Moths

A coil of cord stitched either side with a cross between back stitch and stem stitch. I hoped to only stitch it one side but the cord wouldn't stay in place.

Friday, 6 November 2015

100 bag moths 35,36,37

I had got a bit behind with the blog posting so here are the last 3 bag moths, including todays.
Bag moth 35

Bag Moth 36

Bag Moth 37

37 Bag Moths take up quite a lot of space.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

34/100 Bag Moth

Another wire and thread creation today

Monday, 2 November 2015

A weekend away

Bag moth 31

Bag moth 32

Bag moth 33
This weekend I was on a fantastic stitching retreat with a bunch of lovely women from the Waikato Quilters guild. We sew the whole time with the addition of lots of talking and laughing and the odd glass of wine!
I decided I would just take my box of tiny scraps that had got a bit out of control and make free cut houses. I had a great time and made a pile of random sized house blocks that I will join together to make a quilt. I think I will get a stripe or spot to add to the side of some blocks to make them the correct size to join together. At least then there would be one fabric that appears throughout the quilt.