Friday, October 29, 2010


It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of 8 artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's topic is : Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!

This month’s merry theme has been an absolute treat for me, since I felt my inspiration deserting me with my wire-wrapped pieces lately, so a little break from wire was very welcome indeed!

Like everyone else, I have bits of fabric lying around doing absolutely nothing, and despite having moved house 3 times in the past 5 years, these remnants have survived 3 clear-outs, so I decided to find something to do with them!

I like sewing, I am no good at it, I don’t know anything about it, but I love the idea of being able to make something out of fabric. It involves so many skills!!! The most challenging for me was to actually think about what the finished product would look like… with wire-wrapping I don’t really do the thinking beforehand, I have an idea or a mood or a colour scheme and I just run with it – or rather my wire does lol!!

So I started to look around for simple sewing projects I could do by hand (I don’t have a sewing machine), and there are thousands of websites, forums and tutorials out there!!!

I searched for a few days and in the end I stumbled upon Flowerpotdesign who very generously put together fabric flower tutorials from around the web!!!
And that was that, flowers it would be!

I read every tutorial, and came up with these:

And because you can take the girl out of the wire, but you can’t get the wire out of the girl lol:

This has given me new ideas, I am investing in supplies at the moment, so nothing concrete yet, but fabric is definitely on the cards…

Thanks for reading!

Have a look what the other merry-go-rounders have been up to:
Kim at Viltalakim -
Sara at Crafts of Texture -
Mariana at Florcita -
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent -
Lily at Lily Pang Art and Design -
Mitsy at ArtMind - unable to join in this month -


Ruth said...

Ooh. I like these - especially the folded style flowers and the fabric with wire....Get those supplies fast- I want to see where this takes you. I can see lots of changes in fabric as the seasons change and your yummy colour combinations. I like this new angle. Go merriers!!! ( gosh - I think I've lived in the US too long!!!)

Florcita said...

Lovely flowers! I really like them. I like sewing too and i have 2 sewimg machines hahahaah but my sewing skills are... basic... sort of like... HOLD ON... and we go!!!! and I step on the pedal...ahahah that is it!

How is life over there? Haven't chatted with you in a while...

Vilt à la Kim said...

wow lovely flowers!!
I has sewing classes and loved it , but it just took me way too much time:Hope yopu will be playing along with my felt soon:)

meherio68 said...

It was definitely worth protecting the (lovely) fabric from all those clear-ups.
I love the striking simplicity of your projects, especially the mixed techniques piece. Way to go!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Oooo I love the idea of fabric and beads!

It's lovely to see how you can pick up a new craft and make it work with what you already doo... i shall look forward to seeing your new work!