Paint, Stencils and Stamps Continued…..

After a slow January, I am trying to get my head back into my creative pursuits.  I thought I would start with a blog listing my last lot of work done prior to Christmas.

I used another piece of painted fabric for more of the MoM Challenge 5 inch pieces.  I deliberately painted the fabric in four sections in order to continue with the Stamp theme.  The piece I used is seen below, top right.

I experimented with different stamps across the piece but found the heavily painted areas made it difficult to see the stamps.  I decided to add appliqué to the heavier stamped half and left the stamped images as background (where visible).


What have I learnt?  When using the stamps on fabric, keep it simple.  A splash of background colour adds depth to the piece and the use of bold colours for the stitching brings out the shapes.  Too much colour in the background and you lose the effect.  I also love the effect of free motion stitching over the stamp but not having to strictly follow the lines.  I really like the echo effect of the lines where they are not followed exactly.



Another 4 finished for the MoM Challenge.

After a long break over the Christmas period I need to gather up my supplies, look for inspiration and have a think about what to try next……..


Made on Monday Challenge

This year we have joined the Made on Monday challenge where we make a 5 x 5 inch piece of textile art once a week. We usually do the work on a Wednesday…..but it still counts!mom_Cora_4_FieldofFlowers_2

It’s been really interesting to start to develop some ideas that I have wanted to have a go at for some time, and Cora is feeling the same, it’s great to try something out to see if the techniques, colours and ideas work before committing to a larger piece of work.  It’s like making samples, something that I do when I feel the need to, but in a much neater, prettier way!MoM Lyn Pecchiar #9

We have created galleries to showcase our work and they will get bigger over time as we add more pieces to them.  Please let us know what you think, we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy making them.

Until next time,

Lyn & Cora

Mini shoulder pouch

I love making bags and have made a few over the years. My recent purchases at the Stitches and Craft show in April included a pattern for this mini shoulder pouch.

Unfortunately I am not yet used to taking photos of each step to use on the blog, but I thought I would share these photos of the finished product.

This is the pattern from Studio Mio.

1 pattern

It was very easy to follow and I had purchased the closure and strap as well.  There are 2 pockets on each side of the bag, so it will be perfect for when I just need to carry my phone and a few dollars with me.

Here are some finished shots.  The fabric was purchased last year from Kimono house in Melbourne. I wasn’t sure which way was up for the text so I think it’s going sideways, but I only had a small piece of this fabric left from other projects. I loved the way the corners were done, I’ve never tried this method before but it was easy by just following the instructions.

2 corners

I hand stitched on the closure, and because the strap was too long I simply knotted it to make it shorter.

Here it is with my new coat!

Until next time, Lyn

Sewing tool mishap

Well laid plans will often get delayed.   Lyns last post showed our great progress on Wednesday doing our current challenge. I am a bit behind so have spent some of the morning trying to catch up, in between doing loads of laundry.

I got so close to finishing when disaster struck. Not only did I break the needle, I also managed to break the foot.


So much for plastic parts, lucky I have a spare free motion foot, even though it is a little different and provides less visibility, it will suffice until I can go buy another.

Time for a cuppa, until next time


Another Wednesday

Wednesday is always a great day for me, because I reserve it for being creative.  I am lucky enough not to have to work on Wednesdays so even if I have something else on, I try to find at least a small amount of time to do something sewing related, or artistic.

Yesterday, May 17th, Cora and I got together at my home to work on our latest venture.  You may know that we had a large exhibition towards the end of 2016 where we each had around 15 pieces on display.  That took us over a year to get ready for. So we decided to try to keep our momentum going to do another challenge this year.  Although we had decided to challenge ourselves with various themes, Cora came across Made on Monday which is a challenge where artists create a piece 5 inches square every week for a year! That sounded really interesting so we have each been working on that for about 4 weeks now and once we have 12 pieces we send them in and they will be displayed in an online gallery.

So yesterday we were working on piece 4. We spent a lovely day chatting and sewing (and eating!) and have now finished 4 pieces. These pictures show some of the action that went on……

Cora working on her piece with programmable stitches
Cora’s workspace
Me using free motion embroidery
My piece in progress

And here is my sewing friend – he actually woke up for the photo!


I think this challenge is a great way to try out different ideas and techniques and it will be very interesting to see how the pieces unfold and the direction that we each travel in.  The pieces are small enough not to be too cumbersome, and having to do a piece a week keeps us inspired and working.  How do you get inspired?  Do you have any tips or techniques that you use to stimulate creativity? Would love to hear your comments.

Until next time, Lyn

The little things (or scraps!)

Late last year Cora and I had an exhibition with our friend Michelle, which was made up of textile pieces inspired in some ways by Michelle’s photographs.  I thought I would share with you the process of making 2 of those pieces.

The inspiration photograph was of floor tiles taken on Michelle’s travels. As soon as I saw it I loved the photo, probably because it was blue (my favourite colour) but I immediately thought of somehow making tiles with textiles.

Michelle Hill bluetiles

I really don’t know how these ideas come to me, except that sometimes I just wake up with them.  So I decided to try creating the background of the tiles with tiny weeny scraps of blue fabric (because of course I have heaps of blue fabric).  Unfortunately I don’t think I took a photo of all the scraps cut up, but here is the leftover mess.  You get the idea, I grabbed bits of fabric and ran over them with the rotary cutter until they were so tiny they were annoying.

Then careful not to sneeze….. I placed them on a piece of soluble stabiliser in a random fashion within the boundaries of a marked square.  For my samples I made the square 10 cm (4 inches).  The larger tiles ended up being 30cm (12 inches)

I placed another piece of soluble fabric over the top and then started stitching grid lines using free motion embroidery and a variegated thread.3 1st pass

Then I washed the stabiliser out. Using one of the pieces as a stitching sample, when it was dry I placed it on soluble stabiliser again and tested various threads to see what would show up well for the main pattern design.

After the success of the blue sample I decided that to be fair to the other colours of the rainbow I really should try stepping away from the blue and use some other colours.  So I made 3 more and followed the same process finally stitching the design on the surface of the tiles using some soluble stabiliser underneath.

Washed out the soluble and left it to dry….


And these are the finished pieces.

8 finished

These are the coloured tiles framed (when I asked my teenage daughter for help on a name she suggested Ninja Turtles…..)

9 framed

Larger piece framed10 larger piece

Hung in the gallery with the inspiration picture.

11 in gallery


It’s now been a while since I made these, and I am thinking about what I can try next using these techniques.  Will keep you posted!

Until next time,



Here we go

Hi and welcome to our blog. We are Cora and Lyn, 2 textile artists who have been working together on many textile adventures over the years.  We have finally decided to set up a web page to share our work with the world.  Scary but true.  Over the coming weeks we will put up our work in galleries  and start sharing our textile adventures in the blog.

When we stopped working together after many years, we decided to keep up our friendship through our mutual love of textiles, and creating things.  So we started getting together on Wednesdays to share ideas, encouragement and our creativity.  Our website will show what we have been up to….. we hope you enjoy your visit.