Friday FO

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Mermaid hoop art for a craftswap

I’ve got two FOs to share, this mermaid is for my partner in the mermaid craftswap on instagram.  She’s not my style at all but it was so much fun to stitch her in my partner’s taste.  I only hope that I got it correct!

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Detail of her face

I haven’t actually used a single one of my hand dyed threads on her! 

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Detail of her tail

But I did add some satin threads in for a shimmery tail and bra…  as well as light effects for the pearls in her hair. 

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Sea shell fairy lights

I’ve also made some sea shell fairy lights to package up with her and the other extras.  So simple to do but so effective!

I was hoping to finish my snowglobe tardis in time for today but my brother’s girlfriend gave birth to my newest niece yesterday so I’ve worked my little fingers to the bone to get a wee embroidery finished for her.

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Hoopart for Hollie ❤

I can’t wait to go visit tomorrow and meet her!  She looks just like her big sister ❤  I did use my threads on this one, loving the subtle variegation on that purple! 

I'll be back next week, which is likely to be a busy one!

Wednesday WIP

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My WIPs

I probably have a minimum of ten WIPs, but these are the few I’m trying to get done at the moment.  The rest are languishing in a pile for now…

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The Dr Who Tardis snowglobe cross stitch is very close to completion!  It’s actually for someone on a craftswap on instagram, I’ve fiddled with the original pattern a little, added some sparkly thread to some of the snow (which sadly doesn’t show very well), and glow in the dark thread to the windows and light bar. 

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Tree detail in Monster by Riotous Colours

Naturally it also on the fabric I dyed recently and the tree is in one of my threads, Monster.  I couldn’t resist putting a little bit of me into it for my partner, hope she loves it!  Just the fairy lights to go now and then I can finish it off in a hoop.

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Alice embroidery pattern by Aimee Ray

This Alice in wonderland pattern is actually a Christmas gift, or will be!  I love love love the pattern by Aimee Ray who’s books helped me to learn those important first embroidery stitches.  There will be lots of my threads on this one because it just cries out for them.  Although it’s probably going to be sidelined for a little while as I have a Marvel themed craftswap to work on.

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Hexagon paper piecing

If you read my previous post then you know that my aim is to learn to use a sewing machine, but until then I figured I’d start with some English paper piecing with hexagons, I am so taken by how tiny these are (definitely not going to make it into a quilt lol) – I’ll be making something mugrug sized with these and practising hand quilting and binding before I hit the sewing machine and cry in frustration! 

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I have also added a few sets of these threads to the shop, a result of experimenting on getting the dye to take differently to the base.  I’m really pleased with the results, a more subtle variegation in colour.

I’m actually posting this from my phone to check out the app!  If it all goes smoothly then this will make blogging on the go possible, and I’m usually on the go somewhere lol.

What are your WIPs?  I should have a FO for Friday, finger’s crossed.  I’m also going to work on some informative posts about using variegated threads.

Ciao crafters! ❤

Riotous Colours did Wing Quilt Show!

Riotous Colours Display!

Riotous Colours Display!

My friend and her mum are members of Wing Quilters in Rutland, and they organise a quilt show which raises money for charity every two years, I was lucky for them to invite me along with my threads for this years.  This year they raised money for Sue Ryder, which provides end of life hospices – a very worthy cause.

Wing Village, Rutland

Wing Village, Rutland

Wing itself is a lovely little village in Rutland, not that far from me, and it was a lovely setting to have a fair with the church hall hosting the stalls, and the church next door containing many display quilts, some of which were family heirlooms, and some especially sewn for the show.

There were even a couple of quilts on display by Sarah Payne, a quilter who does demonstrations on Create and Craft TV – a TV channel that’s dedicated to crafting, so I’m told.  I didn’t realise who she was until she left, but she was wearing a rockabilly style dress with beautiful large poppies printed on the fabric that is exactly my kind of dress.  I told her I admired it when she stopped by our stall, and then felt like a twit when I discovered she was a TV personality in craft circles!  I need to find time to watch more TV.

Some of the quilts on display in the church

Some of the quilts on display in the church

I had no idea what to expect, as I’d never done a craft show before, nor was I selling quilting supplies!  In fact, I don’t even know how to use a sewing machine, but after seeing such beautiful work, and coming away with a quilt purchased at the show, which has received non stop snuggles since I brought it home, I can honestly say that it makes me determined to get to grips with my inherited sewing machine.

Honey sneaking onto my batik quilt by Rita

Honey sneaking on my batik quilt by Rita

I dyed up lots of threads, and took 250 with me, I didn’t expect to sell many, if any, but if I was to get any interest I wanted lots of different options for any potential customers!  I got to chat with some lovely people, and much to my surprise I even had customers, an embroidery teacher commented on one of the sample embroideries I took along and said it’d get her praise which left me blushing with delight.

Pure silk quilt

Pure silk quilt

The show had raffles of gorgeous quilts, and other sewn items and there were a lot of quilts both for sale by stall holders in the village hall, and on display in the church, I fell in love with every other quilt I saw!  The stand out display quilt for me was definitely the grey silk quilt, with it’s hand embroidery.  The lady who had sewn it had even dyed some of the silk herself to get the right monochromatic look she was after.

Rita's stunning shirt quilt

Rita’s stunning shirt quilt

This lovely shirt quilt was made by my friend’s mum, Rita, who I shared a stall with, she had several quilts in the display area, and it was one of hers that I took home with me, a gorgeous brightly coloured batik quilt that my whole family has appreciated!

My smallfry wrapped up in my batik quilt

My smallfry wrapped up in my batik quilt

I’m going to leave you with a few other photos I took of the quilts… damn, I need a ‘sewing on a 1980’s Singer sewing machine for TOTAL dummies’ manual…

Detail of hand embroidery on the grey silk

Detail of hand embroidery on the grey silk

Victorian silk quilt, one of the heirloom pieces on display

Victorian silk quilt, one of the heirloom pieces on display

Sheep quilt

Sheep quilt

Redwork embroidery quilt <3

Redwork embroidery quilt ❤

I really liked the hand appliqued quilts too!

I really liked the hand appliqued quilts too!

Sampler quilt

Sampler quilt

Cathedral window wall hanging

Cathedral window wall hanging

I could flood you with even more, but I am going to stop there!  I will say that if there’s such a show near you, find the time to go take a peek because meeting likeminded people, and seeing such gorgeous work is inspiring!  I hope to go again next time the Wing Quilters hold an event, thank you to the organisers who were busy as bees over the weekend, and for the cakes, and of course a special thank you to Chloe and Rita who welcomed me and opened my eyes to so much!

Hollowing out the pumpkin

Victoria on Perle

Victoria on Perle

I set this blog up when I first started to sell my hand dyed embroidery threads online, and then abandoned it as I got busy setting up an Etsy store, and learning how to take pictures that might just do some justice to my work, as well as show the colours as accurately as possible – a task I fear is impossible due to such a variation in screens, mobile phones and tablets, but I am getting there.  Then, I closed down, partly due to ill health, but mainly because I wanted to get a dedicated room sorted for my crafting and dyeing, and then the summer holidays hit us.  Not a lot was achieved then!

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

But, my aim is to get a solid routine going now.  I’m going to start blogging about what I use my threads for, why I dye, and my favourite tips and tricks.  I want this blog to contain information that will help my customers, and those who may help with their own crafting.

GossipWitch

GossipWitch

So consider this post the hollowing of the pumpkin (check me out, I can totally do seasonal inspiration and all that).  OK, you can blame that lame phrase on having spent today carving pumpkins with my two boys, but it is the beginning of doing more with this space, and giving more to the needlework community.  In the meantime while you wait for the next post, please find me on:

http://www.riotouscolours.co.uk – My shop

http://www.facebook.com/Riotous-Colours-946032912094549/?ref=hl – Facebook page

http://www.instagram.com/riotouscolours – Instagram

https://twitter.com/riotouscolours – Twitter

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Hello world!

Well, hey there!  Slightly crazy, colour loving Lisa here, this blog is for showing off the embroidery threads I dye by hand, as well as anything else related to embroidery, cross stitch and general colour adoration.  Don’t expect regular daily updates, but I will post as and when inspired or when I have something interesting to show or say 🙂  A little nervous about it actually, I haven’t blogged in some time and this is my first wordpress blog so wish me luck with the learning curve… now off to find out about using it from my mobile phone.