Mossy Meadow - New Summer Garden Pendants

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just popping in with a few photos of the new pendants just listed in the Mossy Meadow Etsy shop. The new collection is called Summer Garden and features more bees of course, Daisies, Cornflowers/Bachelor's Buttons, pretty bouquets and roses.

There are also some with a slightly more vintage feel, like these more detailed florals embroidered onto sage green fabric.

Inspired by a commission I've also included these pretty red roses, not my usual colour palette but I love how they turned out. I also experimented with some little bobby pins too.

More roses, bees, a large white butterfly, strawberry and yes, that is a chicken. There are chickens in my summer garden! We've five altogether in our mixed flock, including a Sussex breed like the one I embroidered here! I love the markings on their feathers!

That's all for now, if you fancy taking a closer look pop on over to the Mossy Meadow! If you'd like to see what I'm working on currently behind the scenes then follow me on Instagram. Thanks for dropping by!

It's been a while! Mossy Meadow

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I know it's been ages since I blogged on here, I almost forgot how to, for a moment! It's funny the last post on here was embroidery related because that leads me on nicely to what I have to share. I've been busy working away the past year, improving my skills, mostly in embroidery, needle felting and illustration. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll be up to speed. So for ages I've wanted to open up an Etsy shop, a place for people to find all the things I've been making and I've finally organized it all. So it's called the Mossy Meadow, I've started with hand embroidered jewellery and some needle felted pieces but I'll be adding lots more items in the coming weeks.

There are lots of flower inspired pieces of course. Starting with this collection of Violas and Pansies. I love both wild flowers and garden flowers, so I'm not short on inspiration!

Bees feature quite a bit. I made this piece combining needle felting techniques for the body and hand embroidery for the wings, legs and antennae. I love Bumble Bees and the wool used in needle felting really captures their fuzzy bodies well! I've also included a Honey Bee in the collection.

I've also created this Garden Birds Collection, this set features birds of the UK and Ireland because they're the ones I see every day in my back garden! But because I love birds so much I'll definitely be exploring the globe and creating more bird embroideries from other places too!

So I hope you'll follow me along on my creative journey, maybe to just take a look, like a page (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) or help people to find my new shop. I'd really appreciate it! That's all for now! Hope all is well with you!

Lavender filled pillow

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's been a while since I've done any embroidery, so I worked on this little project the last couple of days. It was actually quite quick to make. I recycled some linen fabric from an old pair of trousers for the pillow base!

For the embroidery motif I went with Forget-me-not flowers, one of my favourites. So I did a few sketches in pen and watercolour to study the shape and form of the flowers before coming up with the final motif.

I went over the design with black pen so it would be easier to see when tracing it. I used a water soluble pen to trace the design onto my piece of linen. I haven't tried any other methods of transferring a design yet.

I embroidered all the stems and leaves first in a sage green using a back stitch and stem stitch. I really like how the stem stitch looks.

Next I added all the yellow centres to the flowers using french knots, I made them pretty chunky because I wanted a bobbly look! : )

I used three shades of blues for the Forget-me-not flowers, mixing up the colours over the whole design so it didn't look too flat.

Once I had everything filled in, instead of wetting the entire piece I used a clean, wet paintbrush to go over the water-soluble pen lines to remove them.

I made a small bag from white cotton to contain the loose lavender, my machine sewing skills are actually pretty basic, it's something I need to work on! I left a small gap on one side so I could fill it up.

I used dried lavender that I gathered from the garden last year, it's amazing how strong the scent still is, especially when you rub some between your fingers.

For the pillow I used two squares of linen, pinned them facing each other and machine stitched them on three sides before inserting the lavender filled bag. I pinned the remaining side and stitched it closed on the machine. I probably could have done something more fancy for the closure but like I said I'm still learning!

I'll be keeping this near my pillow at night, lavender is great for helping you sleep, I usually use some blended lavender oil (just some rubbed on my belly!) if I'm having trouble sleeping and it always sends me off into a lovely deep sleep! : )