Thursday, February 11, 2010

my creative space ... printing and sewing

This week, I finished printing the layers on my experimental tea towel ...

 

I think it looks OK if you stand about 2 metres away from it and squint your eyes! Basically, the flowers are not ideally positioned and are a bit out of proportion to each other, BUT it does give me an idea for printing some fabric by the metre ... scatttered multi-sized artichoke flowers? ... I might have a play on the computer this weekend.

Some of you might also remember the artichoke I embroidered using my sewing machine last year. Well, I finally did something with it - I made a little pin cushion for the studio ...


I hope your space is creative this week too. Have a look at some other spaces, or join in, by clicking here and saying hello to Kirsty at Kootoyoo!

35 comments:

CurlyPops said...

I really like how the artichokes take up most of the blank space on the tea towel.
Looks like you've been hard at work!

missy_minzy said...

I guess it's normal for us (the creator) to be bit hard on ourself sometime. But they all looking good in my eyes! It is definitely something different compare to the others I would say. Keep up the good work, Nic! :)

Tammy James said...

Oh its lovely Nic!

Tweed Delights said...

Eye-squinting is good!:D Love the little pincushion, but then I love the artichoke too!

Kirsty said...

I love the artichoke pincushion.

Pippi creates said...

Nice artichoke pin cushion. The randomly placed artichokes flowers look good too!

ELK said...

nic . the best way to have artichoke in my opinion . lovely.

red or gray

Jessi said...

i think that tea towel is perfect as is! :O)

i wish i was that clever!

Penny said...

Ooh I like them both! The tea towel looks great, you're almost there :)

ginevra / occasional glimpses said...

Yes, the artichoke flowers are really interesting, kinda kaleidoscopic. Keep going, you're heading somewhere good!

Aussie-waffler said...

The artichoke pin cushion looks great, almost too sweet to poke pins into.

Kylie said...

Your pin cushion is just fabulous Nic! I know what you mean about the tea towel but it is still a very stunning pattern. Metered fabric sounds fun :) K

MiM said...

sweet pincushion!tea towel is lovely too :)

Tania said...

Don't stop there - the fabric by the metre is an artichoke excellent notion!

teddybearswednesday said...

I like them both equally, I love the way on the tea towel the colours overlap a little

Gina said...

The only way I'm ever be able to figure out what works is by experimenting too... does trying to figure things out on the computer work for you? I guess it'd be the less costly option! But not half as fun.

The pin cushion is gorgeous, so pleasingly plump. Look forward to more machine embroidery at some point...

Posie Patchwork said...

Love it, close up, far away, mixed & matched, gorgeous. Do love the screen printing, snap, my Creative Space today was also sewing & printing, in a whole different vein. Love Posie

beck said...

Great little pincushion! Like a mini cushion! Hey, thanks for the teatowel, my friend loved it and is off to check out your Etsy shop & blog. It also got fondled by the waiter at the cafe we were in...love that organic cotton! xo

Lyssy May said...

Love the pincushion - I'm a big fan!

We definitely keep missing each other at Ironside - hope to see you soon.

Jenni said...

i really like your big artichoke flowers & long runs would be wicked.

gretchenmist said...

your pin cushion is gorgeous.

the fabric design will work really well i think :)

midge said...

i love the artichoke design so much. the tea towel is ace and love the pincusion

Karen said...

Your pin cushion is altogether too lovely to be used for what it is designed for!
Very nice.

Vic said...

I like the tea towel.. I do! I think it's pretty & kooky.. a sign of who made it, perhaps...?! ;)

Tres cute pincushion too! Productive lass you are!

Michelle said...

Love it! The pincushion is gorgeous too. Not sure that I could stick pins in it.

Caroline said...

Somebody else said kaleidoscopic - I think so too, when I squint the artichokes look like big faceted jewels - like bling towels, not tea towels. I like it very much. I think it would look great on by the metre fabric.

Violet and Rose said...

I do love a good artichoke. There is something about them. The colour, the layers, that chunky stem. Great idea. I'm sure they too will be "all the rage" ;)

Kylie @ alittlereddress said...

I think your artichokes are lovely. They look a little like a fractal picture... It took me a while to realise what they were. I guess I was looking at the "whole" rather than the individuals... ;) Cute pincushion and thanks for the visit.

Kim Wallace :: Udessi said...

Wow! I love the artichoke pattern!

74 Lime Lane said...

it's so wonderful to see your process Nic! loving the pincushion

dillpickle said...

I have pincushion envy.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

I like the layering in the print; it would be fabulous in fabric by the meter. That little pin cushion is super adorable- but it has a couple of problems. You won’t be able to pin into the artichoke area because it’s way too cute AND you will have to source all matching red pins so it is always looking its best!!!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

The two colours work well Nic. You must be getting desperate to have a go at that metre printing.

Pin cushion = gorgeous.

Sally said...

Such a delightful pincushion!
... can completely understand the printing frustration *sigh*

Sarah said...

The pin cushion is lovely, I really love the artichoke image, a lot!