April 16, 2011

Giving Hearts

Not really Valentine's Day gifts! I'm taking another online workshop with Jude called Whispering Heart. This is a mini workshop covering only hearts. You would be surprised to see how many ways you can produce hearts on cloth. This is my first project for the class. It's in a nine-patch format with heart applique and embroidery. You can do whatever you want using heart shapes. My next piece of cloth will be a heart sampler, so there will be many hearts to show you in the next couple of posts. 


I decided to make this piece as a gift for the host family I will be staying with in Japan. The piece is made totally by hand using all recycled vintage silk kimono except for the background fabric which is cotton remnant from Reverse Art Truck


A close-up shot of the prairie points. The fringes are handmade as well. I named this cloth Hugs and Kisses. I posted on the class blog SEW you can see work from the other students posted there too.


Flying heart on pin cushion. The woven base was done on another workshop 'cloth to cloth' with Jude. It was handy to have some of these woven bases lying around for when I need it. On this occasion I needed to make a quick gift for my 200th. blog follower. I added the heart, button, tail, stitched it, filled it and it is ready! I added a few pieces of Shibori dyed fabric in the parcel as well. I do hope you like your gifts Gilly



16 comments:

deanna7trees said...

what lucky recipients of your handwork.great idea to use the weavings to make a pin cushion. i know Gilly will enjoy the gift.

Storycloth said...

Oh I have just seen this and Deanna is right! She knows how much I hanker for a pin cushion (I do not have one - I use some ghastly plastic thing that doesn't work at all well) and also how much I look forward to holding an item made by a fellow blogger. As for the Shibori - an absolute treat as I have never seen any in real life. THANKYOU - CANT WAIT!!!!! Gilly

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful Nat!!! I love those prairie points on the hearts. It is such a lovely piece.

Sujata said...

Thanks for sharing such soulful works of art. I enjoy handwork myself and your post has inspired me today to try new things.

liniecat said...

Absolutely delightful that nine patch-ish heart hanging and what a lovely gift to receive too, am sure the host family will love it.
Great edging too, so pretty.

kaite said...

a lovely heartfull gift for the Japanese family.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Nat how sweet...a gift for the host family, I'm sure they will love it!!! Congrats on 200 followers, that's awesome, Dzintra

Michele Pacey said...

oh hearts! just a lovely way to reuse old kimono fabrics! and i love the pincushion with all the stitching in there. very warm-looking!

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Just beautiful, love the pin cushion. The name "Whispering Hearts" is just perfect.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

ria vogelzang said...

Your harts look so beautiful! Always a good thing to be busy with hart-ly creations! ;))
Enjoy your weekend!
Love, Ria.

woman with wings said...

Nat, I loved this post and am inspired by you -- you can actually start and finish something right before my eyes -- maybe there's hope! They are beautiful pieces, Nat.

Janet said...

What a beautiful piece of fabric art, it will be loved I'm sure. The pincushion is lovely too, you have such great ideas.

Grand Purl Baa said...

I heart your hearts. :-)

Kathie said...

oh Nat that is just beautiful , your host family is going to love it.
the pincushion is beautiful and as an owner of one I use it all the time I just love it, to me its a piece of art. At first I would only look at it then I gave in and use it and enjoy it everyday!
thanks again Nat!
kathie

Jacky said...

What a beautiful gift for Gilly.... a perfect little pincushion (and it sounds like she needs one!).
Love your heart piece!

Jacky xox

Simone de Klerk said...

You were really inspired by the hearts. Such loveliness, Nat!
Your journal covers in the previous post are very pretty too!

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