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9 Dec

by Stephanie Faith 2010

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Requests

18 Nov

Your Craft Requests – – –
Free Bi-monthly craft projects + ideas!

Well, I know that there are certainly a few people reading my blog now, and apart from wanting to hear from you – it’d be so nice if you took a moment to comment on a post you found interesting; or, told me about how it went for you with the¬† free-bie I gave you ūüôā – I thought it might be interesting to have a bi-monthly craft request.

This Request will commence during the first week of December – and then if that is a success: February; April; June – and so on.

The Request can either be:

  • a pattern / project for a soft toy
  • a x stitch chart; or
  • another kind of textile art idea (pattern / project / template etc.)

 Please send your request with CURVALICOUS REQUEST in the subject line of your email.

contact @ stephaniefaith.net

contact @ stephaniefaith.net

My email address is above (please remember to remove the spaces before and after @ Рthis is a spam reducing method). 

Please don’t forget to include your name (real or nickname); where you are (city,country); maybe, also:¬†a photo of yourself and / or of a craft project you’ve made – and a little bit about you (your hobby, likes, current project, lifestyle, blog…anything you feel comfortable with).

Themes can be:

  • animals or pets (exotics welcomed!)
  • flowers or plants (nature related)
  • anything family friendly
  • to mark a special occassion (birthday, wedding, funeral etc.)

So, put your thinking caps on and send me your requests (one per person) – and during the first week in December I will announce what¬†the craft project will¬†be, together with who had the idea¬†– and¬† I will try my best to make something nice for you ūüôā

Kind regards – – –

Stephanie Faith

Copyright Stephanie Faith 2010

Fabric: 1950s please

12 Nov

My new vintage curtains depicting a lighthearted medieval scene

Oh, do I love fabric,

especially the kind that has either a fun and colourful design from both¬†the 1950s’ era, and today (most probably inspired from the ’50s!); and, also I love Art Nouveau, (then, a close 2nd) Art Deco prints.¬† (The 1930s are known for their bright and cheerful colours too).

I couldn’t resist these adorable curtains (above photo)¬†which feature houses, castles,¬†knights riding horses over bridges, ships on open seas and windmills………..er, could this be Dutch?

Above and below: photographs of other vintage ’50s / ’60s textiles (I didn’t buy, sadly).¬†

Leaves are always a great subject.

Mexican guitars…birds and boats.

Strange looking folk.  But weirdly cute.

And, we never tire of flowers.

I love the stories that some fabrics vividly tell.

Do you like any of these?¬† ūüôā

Copyright, written by Stephanie Faith 2010

Mola Art is a colourful butterfly

24 Oct

Oh was I oh~ing when I saw these beautiful Mola Art butterflies that Rita emailed me…

These exquisite textile pieces ~ among others ~ are for sale through www.molaartandcraft.com ~ all proceeds help better the lives of the people of Panama.  You can contact Rita who runs Mola Art and Craft either through her web site, or by email

ritasmith @ clearwire.net (not forgetting to close the spaces).

For more reading on the history and technique (called reverse applique) of this ancient art of the Panama people, click *HERE*

Please forward on this post to your friends ~ thank you ūüôā

www.molaartandcraft.com

Copyright Stephanie Faith 2010

 

Halloween Free Clip Art

21 Oct

Here is some of my fave Halloween clip art ~ I especially like the animated ones :p

To save to your computer, right~click on your mouse.

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

I hope I didn’t scare you too much ūüėģ

BOO!

Nature Weaving Update

11 Oct

Here is the promised finished weaving I did on the subject of Nature, except I think it’s more English Country Garden…

Weaving: Nature / English Country Garden by Stephanie Faith 2010

Weaving: Nature / English Country Garden by Stephanie Faith 2010

Weaving: Nature / English Country Garden by Stephanie Faith 2010

Weaving: Nature / English Country Garden by Stephanie Faith 2010

Roses made with satin ribbons and real oak leaves, grass from thick embroidery threads,¬†¬†purple papered leaves, ladybird buttons, plaited strands of wool and heather, button /¬†bead accents…and a Georgian house from brown card.

I had looked so much forward to learning fashion + textiles but found that my ill health got in the way of actually attending the college full time.¬† Still I try to enjoy what I do have, to take each day as it comes: there is still a lot to be thankful for…even though living with constant pain is tiring, depressing and crippling in other not such obvious¬†ways too.

Creating helps me to cope with chronic pain and I am lucky to be able to do this (draw, write, sew, design).¬† So, I’m putting my energy into making some textile things (charms, purses, toys, pictures etc) to sell through The Little Log Cabin shop.¬† Please email me for further details ūüôā

thelittlelogcabin @ stephaniefaith .net

(not forgetting to close the spaces).

Copyright S tephanie F aith 2010

English Country Garden

23 Sep

Well, this is a rather hurried attempt at my first ever Mood Board, based on Nature, that we did in class (fashion + textiles).¬† I had only 20 minutes as I arrived terribly late and think¬†the results are¬†‘ok’ ~ however, do love the unusual mix of colours: deep purple (think Cadbury’s Chocolate!); chestnut brown; ladybird red; the faintest hue of lilac (fluffy clouds and swan feathers); and smoky charcoal grey…..

Pictured around the theme of English Country Garden with a majestic old Georgian house, an abundance of trees, bountiful flowers (roses and hydrangeas, so English!), the fantastical ~ and fairyness…of lilac netting, rich purple silk decorated with gold flowers, fun flamboyant purple feathers(!), beautiful autumnal auburn hair…and a couple of visiting beetles.¬†

I was so pleased to find those beetles.

Not quite sure where Billie Holiday fits in, but I couldn’t resist her cute dog, her looking so pretty with the flower in her hair, and those piano keys…(been a long time since I’ve played).

Only thing missing is the Cream Tea.  :p

Then, we had to weave this Nature theme.¬† Above and below are photographs of this work in limbo.¬† But as I speak it IS finished(!) and will be adding the completed weaving soon ūüėČ

Donna our tutor, emphasised how they like us to recycle materials ~ so I used natural sticks and a cardboard roll from the used tin foil to form the frame; left~over beads, buttons, and ribbon to embellish, including creating roses with real oak leaves for rose leaves; also, scraps of card to further decorate, depicting a Georgian house and autumnal leaves; real heather, jewellery wire, wools and embroidery threads were inter~woven.

The weaving was fun but very time consuming ~ around 35 hours, maybe more?

The majority of this time was spent actually plaiting the wool strands as if they were hair.

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Finished photo to follow soon!! ūüėģ

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Copyright Stephanie Faith 2010

English Country Garden
Barry Taylor
How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentian, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.How many insects come here and go
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees
Spiders climbing in the trees
Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze
There are snakes, ants that sting
And other creeping things
In an English country garden.How many songbirds fly to and fro
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Bobolink, cuckoo and quail
Tanager and cardinal
Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden.How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden. 

 

And, the childish rude version (not at all sensible with frequent mentions of ‘poo’)¬†~

What do you do if you wanna go loo in the English Country Garden?
Pull down your pants
And suffocate the ants in the English Country Garden
Get a little spade and bury what you made in the
English Country Garden
Dig a little hole and fertilize a mole in the English Country Garden
Crouch in the mud and make a loud thud in the English Country
Garden
Make them hold their noses when you duck behind the roses
In the English Country Garden
With a bit of toil you can add to the soil in the English Country
Garden
With 16 toots you can kill off all the roots in the English Country
Garden
With a little squeeze you can murder all the weeds in the English
Country Garden
Do a little poo and the snails can chew in the English Country Garden
Cause a bit of trouble and do it in the rubble in the English Country
Garden
The flowers’ll think you’re class when you show them all your ass
In the English Country Garden
It’s coming out the back, in the paving there’s a crack in the English
Country Garden
Dump in the flower bed or maybe in the shed in the English Country
Garden
Look out for the nettles when you’re watering the petals in the English
Country Garden
Leaving muddy puddles can get you into trouble in the English Country
Garden
Pooing can be fun in a garden in the sun in the English Country Garden

~ *Anonymous
 

 

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* no wonder.