Hello, as you can probably guess, my name is Grace and this is my first ever blog, and the first of a series of weekly blog entries about my work. However, first an introduction, unlike a lot of people I have heard about, I have not always loved to make things. Don’t get me wrong, making things could be fun when I could be bothered making the effort or had to for school or college. This neutral feeling towards making things changed quite suddenly and unexpectedly in late November 2010.
It was nearing Christmas and I had completely failed to prepare financially for the festive season. I was worrying how I was going to pay for presents when I remembered something quite random. What I remembered was a purple velvet heart Christmas decoration I had bought for my tiny tree as a child. There was my solution, it seemed simple enough, I’d just make velvet heart Christmas decorations for everyone then life would go back to normal. Except it didn’t quite go to plan. After I’d made the first couple of hearts my fingers where literally itching to get at more velvet and make more and more stuff. I’d lay in bed mentally designing my next heart, restless to get started on it again. My partner (who has tolerantly accepted my obsession taking over our small front room) suggested etsy to me and thats how gracescrafts at etsy got started.
Soon Christmas was over and it seemed silly to carry on making Christmas decorations, plus I wanted to work with new shapes and materials. Therefore gracescrafts branched out to jewelery, ornaments and other things I decide to make.
This Weeks Production
Small Cushion Ornament
This cushion ornament came about by my boredom, indecision over what to make next with my velvet, my desire to try out some new velvet and to use a shape I had just developed. This shape is used in both shades of the red section. It is only a small cushion as I didn’t have a cutting board at the time and I am not fully competent with my sewing machine yet. However I find it a pretty creation and I am especially fond of the red section. This item can be bought in my etsy shop now.
This is a broach which I developed from a skull template I have had for a while. I was inspired to make this layered image by the good effect created by similar layering of red and blue velvet on a velvet heart which can be seen in my etsy shop. This broach is layered blue and red felt and I am very happy with the effect it creates. This item can currently be bought in my etsy shop.
This is a broach created from a new fish template with older templates included to create an unusual effect. I was inspired to create this image after buying blue felt and seeing the felt fish created by other people on etsy. However I feel that this fish stands out from other items. This item can be seen in my etsy shop now.
Pouch for Mobile Phone and other items
This item is a pouch designed for mobile phones. It was inspired by my own quest for a mobile phone pouch. This is also the first item I have made using my sewing machine. It is made of felt and the designs are hand pained on both sides with fabric paints. I am pleased with my first sewing machine stitching and the painted on designs, however the pouch cannot be tied tight enough as the fabric layers are too thick unfortunately.
Card Creation experiment
These cards came about by the arrival of some new thiner fabric. I have had some problems with glue and fluff but I intend to develop these cards further possibly using computer manipulated images of my work. I will keep you posted on such developments.
Thats it for this weeks blog. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about me and my work. Here is the link to my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/gracescrafts
I will also custom make items.
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Hope to see you again next Saturday.