Monday, 18 January 2010

Googly-Eyed Monster

I made this Hallowe'en costume by commission wayyy back in October, but I only remembered to put it on here just then. It was really great fun to make- I created an interior skeleton, to give the monster some shape and then stuck googly eyes all over it with superglue!

The noise that those googly eyes make when somebody moves around in the costume is great- like shells rattling.

Thanks to David for the photo


Another shot from our trip to the Botanical Gardens in Montreal, doesn't the winter light look beautiful?

Rag Quilts

I was commissioned to make these quilts by a woman for her two daughters. Half of the squares on the patchwork are cut from the girls' old clothing.
I think they turned out very nicely, I embroidered their names onto each quilt and included tiny trimmings from the clothing, like bows and flowers!

The backing and binding is a gorgeous soft pink satin and I used a tying method for the actual quilting, as the patchwork was a lot more difficult and time-consuming than I had anticipated.
I prefer the pink and white quilt to the pink and green one, it just seems cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Ballon Pour Nicolas

This is the Christmas present I made for Nicky, Ellie's little brother. I made it out of scraps from dresses that I have sewn.

I think it's always lovely to give old-fashioned gifts to children, because now those garish computery-light-flashey toys are cheaper than a rag doll!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Cat Doll

This is a Christmas present for Ellie, the little girl I nanny. She was delighted and noted that the dress is made from the same fabric as my Penny Dress a few posts down!

I embroidered the face with some 1940s silk that I bought at an Op Shop in Pie IX.