Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Flower make

How to make a net flower (easy)

You will need
4 pieces of stiff net fabric 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in
4 pieces of stiff net fabric 5 x 5 in
Tape measure or ruler
2 Sewing needles
Sewing cotton


No 2 No 3

No 4
N0 5
N0 6
No 7Take one of your larger squares and fold in half corner to corner making a triangle shape and then fold again (picture2)
Thread needle with a long piece of thread making sure that its double and matching the colour of your fabric,run small running stitch along open edges (picture3)

Draw up thread ( picture 4) now do the same to the 3 remaining larger square making sure you do all this on the same thread, your flower should be looking like picture 5, 6, and ending looking like no 7 with all petals forming a circle making sure your centre is flat,join up the circle and secure stitches, cut cotton of.
Thread your second needle with thread the same as you did with first needle and do the same with 4 remaining smaller squares,

You should now have 2 circle's of petals, place them one on top of the other making sure they are placed looking like picture No 8 , secure them both together by stitching through centre,decorate your centre with beads or a button, stitch a hair come to back like picture No 10

No 8

No 9

No 10
You now have a lovely large flower hair comb, I use these flowers for decorating all sorts of things, you can reduce the size by cutting squares smaller as long as they are square, you can also do more petals on a single flower, try it now you have the basic idea


Monday, 5 October 2009

At Last

At last my commission is finished an Elizabethan Bridal Dress, I made the pattern myself and the brides choice was to have it in 100% pure silk, plain bottom and embroidered top with just a hint of gold on edges, the dress its self is fully boned to keep the lovely neckline in place as it just sits of the shoulders, fully lined in silk with under slip in stiff net.

Front close up

Back close up

Full view

Do hope you enjoyed this viewing


Now on to some lighter things which give me so much pleasure, quite the opposite to the above and make my hands a bit dirty so I have to leave sewing alone for a while when I am restoring my machines. At long last my latest 221 k singer (American version) sewing machine arrived, I was so excited opening the box and even more surprised to see it was in better condition than what I expected.I will be posting pictures of the finished restoration in the next few days, have shown a few pictures of the uncleaned version below