Sunday, 3 October 2010

Playing with silks

There are so many things I want to post about - the autumn colours, Folksy purchases and supporting other craftspeople, the interesting world of Royal Mail Recorded Delivery (where you pay extra for the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing your item has been delivered, only in my case 75% of the time I've used this service they've not collected a signature thus leading to extra stress rather than any peace-of-mind whatsoever), Special Delivery versus FedEx ( I really will try and fill you in one day because it's all quite interesting if you need to send stuff out), but I am struggling so much with time I'm just going to stick to a bit of felt for now. I'm in the middle of many projects but recently went a bit mad with ordering silks - here are my packs of dyed silk hankies:

I must, must, must look into dyeing my own, but no way is it going to happen quite yet, so I took the plunge and paid for them ready-done. There's also a new hank of sari silk in there - they're from Fibrecrafts, which stocks a more purple sari silk than some other places, although there are always lots of lovely colours mixed up together.
I've used the plain silk hankies over cream wool tops before just to give a bit of texture and sheen but cut these ones up a bit to make a contrast with the background.

I really like the effect although would love even deeper colours - I'd hoped they'd be more jewel-like and that I could use them against black but I think they're a bit pale, but I'll enjoy experimenting, if I can find a parallel universe in which there are 40-hour days.

Here is the card my OH got me for our wedding anniversary last week - 22 years this year. Very like Archie indeed, eyeing up all the butterflies:

Archie himself has taken to watching TV while assisting with any technical computer problems I may be having - he'll be demanding a salary in salmon Whiskas Temptations soon.


10 comments:

  1. Belated happy anniversary! That card is adorable, and just perfect.

    Those silks are lovely, such gorgeous colours.

    And handsome and sleek Archie is a tremendous help to you, I'm sure. He's probably better than most of our own IT people. ;-)

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  2. FedEx vs Special Delivery??? Sounds like a close match!! :-) I very rarely use recorded delivery but I'd like to think that when I do I gets what I pays for! Oh dear!! I hope whatever happened was sorted amicably? I hope so!!

    Now these silk hankies are fabulous!! Thanks for the link - I've just been and can't believe all these lovely things out there - all these fabrics and bits and bobs - so many many things under felt making! I'm glad you understand what to do with them! LOL! It's like - wow!!!! I think the colours of these silk hankies are just so pretty - and I don't know what you;re doing with them but it looks good all cut up and laid out like so. I'm just so impressed!!!

    Oh HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Awwwwwww!!!! And what a lovely card too!! That is so beautiful Archie watching butterflies!! It's lovely!

    He really has the glossiest coat - so velvety! Oh he's adorable - I love how he's hogging the mouse, LOL!!!

    Take care
    x

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  3. What gorgeous felts in lovely colours and a fab card from your hubby. Happy anniversary. Oh and I can't forget cute little Archie - he is soo cute!

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  4. Belated happy anniversary. Love the card!

    Archie is looking more handsome by the day. Pepe also loves the whiskers treats! She helped herself to the whole pot on Saturday night - greedy mare.

    Alison
    x

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  5. Happy Anniversary wishes to you!!!
    I always love the colours in your posts ... and your work always looks fascinating. I miust go on a felting course sometime.
    Archie is as handsome as ever!
    Love Kathy xxx

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  6. Archie is GREAT and gorgeous! Belated Happy Anniversary. The card is lovely. Thoughtfulness of your OH.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! I love the gorgeous colours of the silk hankies - look forward to seeing what you make with them.

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  8. You've grown a lot, Archie! Meowza! It's nice to see that you've taken to yoga:) Isn't it fun?
    p.s. Our Mom has just started needle felting and will soon be learning nuno felting:)

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  9. I'm a bit late calling by. Only just found this post sorry. Love the silks. Gorgeous colours. Can't wait to see what you make with them.
    A x
    ps tell Archie not to bit the head off that mouse :-)

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  10. He caught that mouse nd he ain't going to let it go!
    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too.
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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