Month: December 2015

Zendala Craze!

These Zendala’s are very effective – thanks for sharing.

Reblogging as I’ve not seen Zendala’s before and they might be of interest to other readers.

Girl's Crazy Thoughts and Ideas 🙂

Hello 🙂 A couple weeks ago I ordered some precut circles to do Zendalas. What is a Zendala? A Zendala is like a mandala but is done with tangles. They are a lot of fun!

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This is the second one I have ever done.

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And this is the most recent one I’ve completed. I love the string things and came up with a great idea while drawing them! You’ll have to come back to see what my idea is!

Have a great day / night!

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Mouse Pin Cushion

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I have needed a new pin cushion for some time. Many of the designs I looked at for ideas looked difficult. I felt frustrated because of the amount of time needed to make them and the belief that I wouldn’t be able to make something that looked nearly as good as the picture. I realized that I needed to start with simpler projects to develop my skills with textiles and machine sewing. I found instructions to make this mouse and decided to give it a go. On my mind also has been my therapist’s advice to find ways to nurture myself, so with that in mind, I used the piece of fabric I liked best rather than any old bit of fabric. I am pleased with the result, plus it gave me the opportunity to learn how to make cord for the tail.

Instructions to make this mouse pin cushion can be found here. http://mybyrdhouse.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/year-of-mouse-ppp-pincushion.html

Textile Whale Scene

This was my first attempt at creating a machine sewn picture. It was inspired by my textile art course, and is also the first thing I have completed using my new sewing machine. The background is pieces of curtain fused to another layer of fabric using Bondaweb. I sewed the waves in, sewed the plants, and then fused the whale, fish and octopus, again using Bondaweb. The eyes are hand stitched but everything else is machine stitched. 

© northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Blackwork Embroidered Butterfly

I recently visited a large Knit and Stitch show where I saw examples of blackwork embroidery. The idea is that you sew your image in one colour, normally black thread on a white background. I felt inspired to try this style of embroidery and used a pattern to create this butterfly.

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The pattern for the butterfly can be found here.

I chose to add a bit of colour to this example as I’m not keen on black and white art.

Whilst creating this piece, I realized that this style of embroidery could be used to implement Zentangle like designs in thread and fabric instead of ink and paper. To demonstrate what I mean, here is an example sampler:

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Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/40391727883718005/

I would like to try creating my own blackwork embroidery design.

 

IVF III

 

Those of you who follow my other blog (NorthernRose’s Ramblings) will know that I recently experienced a third IVF failure. I have felt the presence of unexpressed pain about the experience and outcome. This morning I have felt ready to do something artistic in order to have healthy contact with the pain and allow some of it to come out. I have basically drawn the experience. At present, everything connected to the IVF attempt feels uncomfortable but hopefully in time, a separate and happier relationship with meditation, particular foods, swimming, the music I was listening to and the crafts I was doing, will be restored.

 

© northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.