Events, Inspiration, Update

What have I been up to lately?

Quite a long update for you today!  Points to everyone who manages to get to the end!!!!

I have been continuing to challenge myself with my work recently – which I am really enjoying!

One of my recent makes was the beaded hedgehog – I hadn’t done any bead embroidery for a little while, and decided to throw myself back in at the deep end!  I love how he turned out, but at the time I really thought I had bitten off more than I could chew!  Those spikes took a loooooong time to do!  Every bead is added by hand, then the spikes stitched in place.  I’m sure you can imagine, it took quite a while to do!  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed bead embroidery though – there will definitely be some more coming soon!

I have been lucky enough to be able to collaborate with one of my absolute favourite artists recently.  The amazing Christiana of Canea Chrysalis very kindly designed a pattern for me based on her fabulous Paperhorns!  (Disclaimer – Christiana is one of my bestest friends) It was a total honour to work on the design, and I am super happy with how it turned out!     If you don’t know about the world of the Paperhorns – check out the Facebook page here www.facebook.com/CaneaChrysalis/

Across on my Facebook page I ran a voting poll recently to select an animal art challenge piece.  There was a list of unusual/obscure creatures, and the followers of my page got to like, or comment on the one/s they wanted to see!  The results were quite varied, and unexpected, but the winner was the Pangolin!  I love pangolins so much, but they are not the easiest of things to embroider!  Getting the detail in, while working with a very limited palette was quite a challenge!  I do love how he turned out though – and he is available should anyone like to adopt him!

Pangolin

I am already planning ahead for the next Makers Emporium event (which will be the 31st May)  The theme this month is all things Floral.  I have already completed a trio of Floral Affirmation hoops – I love this type of design – Simple, but effective!  These three will all be available on the night, alongside some floral animal hoops I am currently working on, and possibly another little surprise!

I am trying to get this all done in advance as I am off on my holibobs next week!  A week in glorious Norfolk, with my lovely mum and the dogs.  The plan is chilling, drinking eating, and maybe a little bit of crafting!  After that I am back at the day job for a few days, then I am on jury duty for a fortnight!  I am not sure if I am looking forward to it or not – but it should be interesting!

Last weekend I attending a full days class on using silver art clay – it was a fantastic day, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I got to make lots of lovely things – but they deserve a blog post all of their own!

I would love to hear what you think of my latest endeavours!  Pop a comment below, or message me!

Bye for now

Zoe

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Out of My Comfort Zone

I am a creature of habit.  I don’t see this as a fault, it’s just the way I am!  But occasionally, just occasionally, I like to push myself out of my comfort zone!

I like embroidery.  Give me a needle and thread and a piece of linen, and all is well with my world!  I also love to make jewellery.  I cannot describe the pleasure I get from spending a couple of hours playing with beads!

It seems like a small step to combine the two into bead embroidery, but it is something I struggled with for quite a while!  I love my embroidery, and I loved my beads, but never the twain shall meet in my world!    I was persuaded by a very good friend of mine to give it a go, and you know what?????   I loved it!    I have made several designs now, which have proved popular, and I have an ever growing list to do!  My go to designs are always going to be animals and insects, but I was recently asked to make a skull and crossbones for a fabulous lady to attach to a hairclip for a Fairy Festival she was attending (doesn’t that sound like fabulous fun?)  and you know what?  again, I loved it!

I have also recently discovered a wonderful product called Shibori Ribbon.  Shibori is a special hand-dyed silk, which is created by folding, twisting, and binding silk ribbon during the dyeing process to create wonderfully coloured, pleated pieces of silk to add to bead embroidery projects.   I have invested in a few of these, and have made two pendants so far.  Again, this is slightly out of my comfort zone, but I am persevering, and am loving the results so much that I have an entire range of Shibori jewellery planned for later this year – so watch this space!

 

 

And the moral of this story? – don’t be afraid to push yourself, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone – you might just surprise yourself!

Until next time….

Zoe xx