December 25, 2012

Christmas Bells

Posted in Vintage Post Cards tagged , at 3:12 PM by Shelley Swanland

Xmas Card from Early 1900s for 2012 SmThis post card from 100 years ago couldn’t say it better,

“Bells are ringing Merry Christmas, May all Joy and Peace be Yours”

Merry Christmas to everyone!


December 4, 2012

Five After Six

Posted in Machine Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

Five after Six B WThis Twilt, “Five After Six” features Machine Felting with silk Ribbon Embroidery. I love the ethereal quality of the felted background.

A digital collage was scanned and printed on cotton and then felted onto flannel. Pink and Green dyed silk organza was felted around the picture.

Five after Six Detail WBackground embroidery and beads on the felted piece became the background for Spider Web Rose and French Knot Rose clusters of Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Dyed rayon pieces and verigated organza ribbon and embroidery were added on the sides. The felted piece was then stitched with beads and embroidery to a quilted crinkled batik background. As a final touch I added the heart buttons. An old clock face, two gears and a vintage button cluster compliment the clocks in the fabric print of the digital collage. I really am enjoying my Felting Machine.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts : Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

December 2, 2012

Felted Sampler

Posted in Machine Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery tagged , , , , , , at 3:28 PM by Shelley Swanland

Felted Sampler with Embroidery WI have been experimenting with machine felting and this is my first piece. I felted dyed silk strips, metallic silk, netting and wool roving onto a white felted wool base. Embroidery, silk ribbon and trim were added. This piece is only 9″ x 4 1/2″. The machine I am using for the felting is the Simplicity with 12 needles. It’s alot of fun.

Click on the image to see it on Flickr.