The big project I've been working on recently has been a fibre art piece for my sister's birthday, which was on Saturday.
My sister chose the general colour scheme - a mixture of blue-grays and greeny-turquoises with a hint of pink - inspired by some beautiful silk laps we picked up from the Oliver Twists stall at the Festival of Quilts.
So, first of all, using a natural linen background, I felted the silk laps along with cotton scrim, silk/metal organza, silk throwsters waste, abaca tissue, silk fabric, silk cocoon fibre, wool nepps, silk carrier rod fibre and silk threads.
I left some silk threads loose so that I could stitch them afterwards:
Then I added my current favourites - tiny 2mm sequins...
...and very many glass and metal beads:
...and finished off with lots of hand embroidery - running and detached chain stitches:
bullion and colonial knot stitches:
detached fly stitch:
...to make the finished piece:
Apart from working on this project I have been busy being inspired on a short trip to Skye - breathtaking!