I wanted to share my latest piece of miniature patchwork hoop art with you. It’s a 3 inch embroidery hoop with a 1.5 inch flying geese patchwork block. The geese are 3/8 inch high and are foundation pieced (SO much easier for miniature patchwork). I’ve added a border of yarn-dyed Essex linen to finish the project.
I am working on lots of these hoops at the moment. Firstly because I love making them, secondly because I have been commissioned to make some by a friend, and thirdly because I hope to sell some in the retail space at the newly refurbished Spode Heritage Centre – my studio is also located on the Spode Works site, and I am so proud to be there, I would be blown away to be able to have stock in their shop!
I’ve been using the colour palettes I’ve been putting together for my #100daysofcuratedcolour project on Instagram for inspiration. This particular hoop was inspired by Day 57/100:
This is the original image on Design Seeds that I used to put the palette together in the first place. I hope you can see the connections!
I’ve used tiny pieces of fabric from my vast quantity of Liberty lawn scraps, that take up (can you believe) an entire 6-drawer Trofast unit from Ikea! When faced with a scrap mountain of this size, having the colour palette photos to work with is a huge advantage, because it gives me somewhere to start, instead of randomly rummages around in the piles of scraps. For an easily-overwhelmed stitcher, it’s such a bonus to have them.
You can find (almost) all of the colour palettes I’ve made so far over on Pinterest, or through my Instagram tag #100daysofcuratedcolour – if you’d like to see more, and maybe use them to inspire your own work.
The cute little 3 inch hoops are available from my lovely sponsors Cloud Craft, who also sell the amazing Snipster scissors pictured too. Do support my writing here at Very Berry by visiting my sponsors.
Back in April I started the #the100dayproject – an Instagram art project that’s being undertaken by 1000s of people. Of course, when you start one of these longish-term projects (I am curating 100 colour flatlay photos of fabrics and haberdashery, inspired by colour palettes from Design Seeds – #100daysofcuratedcolour), you have no idea what life is going to throw at you in the meantime. The past few weeks have been a slog – I am having one of those times when I am being reminded on all sides of our insecurity, impermanence and fragility, as friends and family struggle with illness, difficult times and downright appalling tragedy. The little gang of us here at home are all fine, but our hearts are aching for our dear friends and family.
So, muddling about with bits of fabric and thread, colours and prints, focusing on these small but beautiful harmonies of colour, enjoying the gorgeous photos on Design Seeds has been a blessed relief. It has been good to have a very structured creative project to focus on and enjoy. I hope you are enjoying them too. I have just a couple of weeks to go on Instagram, but I am a bit behind on here, so maybe 3 more posts (I should be able to do the math, but don’t have energy!
71/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Confetti
72/100: Design Seeds – Market Hues: Fresh Hues
73/100: Design Seeds: Heavenly Hues: Color Set
74/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Color View
75/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Flora Tones
76/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Flora Tones
77/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Mental Vacation
Not sure if I have an overwhelming favourite this week, although I do like (quite surprisingly for me!) 76, which is so fresh and pretty. On Instagram 73 was the clear winner, although 75 had some fans too. I always love to know your favourites, so do let me know.
Thank you all so much for your kind words about my One Hundred Day Project #100daysofcuratedcolour on Instatram – I am so pleased that so many of you are finding enjoyment and inspiration from my curated selections of fabric and haberdashery, using colour palettes from Design Seeds.
I am finally finding the opportunity to use some of my colour moodboards to put together fabrics for some actual stitching, and they are proving to be so helpful.
Here’s the photo I took back on day 26 of the challenge:
Here’s the original Design Seeds photo:
And here’s the patchwork mini-hoop I finished yesterday:
The central patchwork wonky log cabin block is 1.5 inches square, and the hoop is 3 inches across (available from my sponsors Cloud Craft. The fabrics are Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Kona solids, Kaufman Essex linen and Liberty lawn.
The curated colour pics are proving to be an excellent starting point for me – I’m definitely feeling the benefit! I love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?!