A monumentus thing happened this weekend. My sewing machine of 24 years died. It has been coming for about a year……it has had several services in that time. It was chugging away, and then it just groaned, shuddered and everything froze. I am (was) making German mohair rabbits for the Grandie’s 1st easter next weekend designed by the talented bear artist Jane Perala. Here is the picture off the pattern. I have dyed up some mohair in soft raspberry for Princess ‘L’ & delicate ocean spray blue for little (actually very big…now 8.5kg!) Toby.
I hope that they will be heirlooms, complete with hand sewn noses & antique boot button eyes………I am not sure what to call them yet…….I usually wait until I have done their heads to name them, then they ‘speak’ to me………..it sounds pretty dumb, but lots of bear artists I know say similar things.
So this is the new toy it’s an Elna 7200 Quilt Pro & I really am quite excited about the possibilities. It should handle everything that I sew in the way of garments, quite well, as well as having a wide opening for quilting & a long table to add on when you are doing bigger quilts. I have, for some time been very inspired by the work of Annemieke Mein, wanted to do some freehand embroidery, which this should handle like a dream (not sure about the operator, but the machine should be fine! LOL!) This gorgeous old lady is a total wizard with embroidery and makes 3D works of art from her sketches & water washed paintings of things she observes in nature. I am not sure how I will go creating such reality as this, however, some other textile artists that I have seen that also do amazing work are the English artists Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn. Their work is different & special in another way. Annemieke’s work is lush & subtle, Beaney & Littlejohn seem to use much more vibrant colours, that are brilliantly contrasted & complimented. This is a pic of some detail from their ‘trees’ book. Anyways……….I must away to the world of kitchens, & houses & customers………but I SOOOOO want to stay home & play with my new toy@!!!