There’s a hole in my jeans!!!

Hello,

Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.

Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!

Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/

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My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.

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This pair had even more holes!!

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I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.

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I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.

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Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

 

Chickens love flowers!!

Hello,

Sorry I’ve been absent for a while due to some changes in my work life. I wanted to show you what I have been up-to recently and what I have just put on my Etsy shop. This is my latest embroidery of some cheeky chickens eating flowers in a garden.

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I love the combination of colours of duck-egg blue with cream and sand. It reminds me of the  various shades of eggs available. The greeny eggs come from a friend and I have blown them so I can keep them for decorative purposes.chicken embroidery2-Lilibet Stanley

I have used suffolk puffs with french knots and satin-stitch.chicken embroidery3-Lilibet Stanley

chicken embroidery4-Lilibet Stanley  I have used a variety of fabrics including silk for my embroidery. The artwork would add a country-living feel to any house. Please visit my shop to check out the new embroidery and all my other products.

Enjoy!

Lilibet

Loving the waves!

Hello,

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all the colours you can see in the sea and how the white horses break the blues and greens up into scrumptious stripes.

Seascape6-Lilibet Stanley It’s the designer in me that loves to see the world through colour and pattern!

Seascape4-Lilibet StanleyFor me, late afternoon is the best time to go down to the beach to be inspired. I’ve heard early mornings are great also but I’m not by nature an early-riser!!

Seascape3-Lilibet StanleySlightly stormy afternoons and the sea goes all mean and moody with dark, slate tones.

Seascape2-Lilibet StanleyThe sun setting and all sorts of pastel colours come to play with pale pinks, salmons, baby blue with a hint of green.

wave embroidery1-Lilibet StanleyI thought I would show you some of my textile work I have done over the years based on waves and the sea. This embroidery was based upon a sketch that I did of Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, England, many moons ago when I was young, free and single and I could spend time sitting, sketching and observing.

wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI tried to create the movement of the pounding waves against the beach by using frayed silks and net loose for emphasis!

close up of wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI used many different techniques including Free-Machine Embroidery, French Knots, running stitch and trapping bits of fabric to create a sumptuous, rich carpet of colour in tones of turquoise, aquas, slates and indigos. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are a strong influence in my textile embroidery work.

porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyMy sketch of Porthmeor Beach! I remember sitting on The Island with waves crashing beneath me and my view was the busyness of Porthmeor beach with the waves crashing and children playing in the sand, whilst I painted in peace. St Ives is a beautiful place and a great place to paint!

close up of porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyI have never managed to finish the embroidery off to include the houses a long the beach- jobs, children and other projects came along! One of my many unfinished projects!

I’ve enjoyed sharing with you my love of the sea and how I have interpreted it in textiles.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope you are almost ready for the big day!! Do you like my Merry Bunting I made? aswell as my Lilibet Decoration? My table cloth was a lovely prezzie from my lovely Mum a few years ago from John Lewis. Oh, how I miss going for a mooch in John Lewis especially at Christmas time!!

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I know I have been a bit quiet recently with my blog, I have been struggling to combine work and homelife, since I put a lot of effort into my exhibition at Ashgrove Library. If you want to still see my exhibition, it will be on until about the 30th/31st December.

2014 has been a year of learning for me especially about social media!!! Instagram is my favourite form, I have managed to keep up my Instagram posts so if you have been missing me, check me out there! I have a huge thanks to make to a dear friend who has given up her time to help me with social media and give me confidence when I have felt discouraged.

I hope that 2015 will bring more regular posts from me, especially when school goes back!

Wishing you a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year!

Lilibet

 

Sewing box treasures!

I have finished last week’s embroidery and before I go to get it printed, I thought I would do another along the same lines.

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I love working with the subtle shades of duck egg green, teal, apricot and cream.

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Fortunately when hunting through my threads for appropriate tones I came across quite a few delicious shades on beautiful old bobbins.

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I have acquired the vintage bobbins through either my Grandma or my hubby’s Grandma.

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This one, I came across whilst op-shopping in Maryborough a few years ago!! I couldn’t believe my luck and it wasn’t very expensive from memory.

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I’m pleased so far with the subtle shades and textures in this embroidery using lazy daisy stitch and back stitch aswell as Suffolk puffs and French knots.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

A little embroidery taster!!

I’ve been busy finishing off a project that I started years ago. I thought it would look good being sold as a print on my Etsy shop, when I finally sort it out!

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I thought  I would show you some snippets, to give you a taster of the embroidery that I have been working on.

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Obviously french knots and Suffolk puffs feature, well I do like them!

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I was busy during My Idea’s Man’s soccer game embroidering lazy daisy stitch, though I was having trouble deciding what colour it should be.

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My business is slowly taking shape. It will be great when I can reveal all my hard work!

Well until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

Back to school!

My little ones went back to school this morning. My Ideas Man was itching to see his best friend, whilst My Little Lady was less-so-keen but once there all were happy! This meant I could finally take a long breathe and try to get my house back into some order so I can get back to my work.

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I decided to freshen up my dining area by dressing my lovely old pine table with a new table runner from Calico Home. I brought some of the outdoors inside with my beautiful geraniums. I love the two shades of pink together- a pinky coral and a deep pink bordering on red.

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Carefully built Lego models that have been made over the holidays have been placed on the shelf in My Ideas Man’s bedroom.

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Loombands, beads, french knitting kits and looms can go back into My Little Lady’s bedroom until at least the weekend!

I have been to stock up on DMC 25 embroidery thread which matches the Kaisercard that I am using in my artwork.

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Shades of rosy red Geranium through to Ballet Pink Rose.

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Desert Sands, Outback Orange to Peachy Sunrise!

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Tropical Sea Aquamarine, Queensland Sky Blue with some lush Green Rainforest tones!

Some of the papers and threads that I intend to use once I manage to get the more business end of things done, hopefully it’s not going to take too long!

Take care, until next time.

Lilibet