Saturday, April 21, 2012

I Love Owls, Flowers and Butterflies!

Have you heard of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", works of Dr. Betty Edwards? We, at the ATC session for Apr, were given a brief introduction and a little try out using a frame to draw. Just a small simple exercise, but truly amazing!
The theme for April ATC session was "Make It Stick". I used stickers for the first piece "Give Me a Hoot". The background was done with watercolours and pen. I love owls!
The second ATC I did, "Just Living is Not Enough", an assembled girl in a pretty collage dress and I adapted a quote by Hans Christian Andersen.

It was a variety of ATCs I traded for - an Iris-folded duck, a clay flower and collage works.

I was the lucky winner of Sally's giveaway for her 200th blog post milestone. These goodies came a while ago, but I was too busy to thank Sally yet. The cocobola rosewood hook is a super fine one, yes, both the hook size (0.4) and the workmanship! The silk draw-string bag is a big one, with more motifs tatted by Sally herself. The English oak dove is cut from a plinth that was underneath an alter in a church for more than a century long, oh wow! A very BIG thank you, Sally, for the lot of goodies!

I'm one of Sherry Pence's test-tatters for her newest book "Branching Encapsulation". No doubt it's a bit of time consuming to encapsulate all those threads, but if you like flowers and like them in a number of colours, then you would like this technique and the book.
Seeing the garden of tatted flowers certainly brighten up the day anytime!
A token of appreciation I received from Sherry - a skein of her HDT! Thank you, Sherry!
More tatted flowers. This is from one of the earliest Japanese tatting books I have, it's one of the prettiest flower designs in my opinion.

My ATC went to Elizabeth Watson (Australia) for the Stitchin Fingers' March ATC swap.
And from Heike Thurecht-Funk (Germany) for the March swap.
Heike's ATC was a very bright and sparkling piece of applique with beads and sequins. Thank you for the fabrics too, Heike!

April swap was in too - "Butterflies and Buttons" done by Patricia Gellon (Ireland).
And my tatted button flower piece that went to Heike (Germany).

Some more tatting done for Joo Hwee, a long time colleague and boss, who has quitted her hectic job to find new directions in life.
I haven't managed to get the alphabets right yet, still need more tweaking. Owe her first.

I have not done art doll for a while, so I jumped in for this butterfly fairy doll swap. I made up these paper dolls with different parts I found on pamphlets and combined with die cuts, they are butterfly fairies resting on their favourite flowers.

I sent to Norma Soulet (USA)
and received from Barb Glasier (USA).
I love owls, flowers and butterflies!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April ATCs

Susan Highfield (Australia) is an English and she loves the Tudor, Elizabethan & Victorian era's. Susan also likes flowers, particularly roses. I thought this is the perfect thing for her birthday ATC - tatted Tudor roses! I love this design of Rosemarie Peel though it was sometimes back since I last tatted this pattern.

As again, the same tatted motifs from the birthday ATC made up the my piece for The Linen Shelf's ATC Challenge. This is my April ATC.
My April entry for The Green Paper Collage Challenge is an ATC titled "Dear Rose", with a red tatted rose.

OK, I managed to find the last set of inchies for the March swaps - scraps from round paper hole punch. The white circles are the scraps from the puncher, the metallic honeycomb background is what you can purchase, a by-product from the manufacture of sequins if I'm not wrong.
Here are the rest of the ATCs with inchies that I'm sending in to Debbie H. for the March swaps - "Who's Hiding?", a simple fold ATC with an origami frog inchie.
"What I Sewed" ATC with a pin-cushion inchie.

These are ATCs with a pocket, housing inchies inside. I made them into corner bookmarks, the hearts all adorned with tatted flowers.

Got some tatted alphabets done too. You might have guessed it - they are for a colleague who has resigned.
I have a lot more photos to load, especially swaps and gifts received. Will try to post again real soon!