Thursday, 16 January 2014

Purple Peacock and Felt Heart Jewellery

I set out today with no set idea of what I was going to make but this bundle of fabrics on my desk really caught me eye. I took a little photo using my new phone just for fun.
I liked the way the light was shining through them and the iridescence of the different layers. 

I have had a few different projects on the go this week in the name of 'ideas generation' (more commonly known as faffing about). 
While it has been great to just play around with different things, I do like to have finished pieces to show for myself at the end of the day.

In the end I didn't use the above fabrics today. I got totally carried away with another idea and found myself totally absorbed in it.

After sharing the photo of my needle felted birds on Facebook book (see previous post) it got my friend Kari over in California thinking about Peacocks so she sent me a lovely black and white image of a stylised peacock to see what I could do with it.

The first thing I did was make a hand painted cotton background for it, then using my transfer pen, I drew around the paper image and ironed it on.
Of course it came out facing right but I wanted it to face left so I did it again on another background (below).

Not for Sale

It doesn't feel as nice needle felting into cotton as it does into felt but it worked ok.
It was intentional to leave the feathery areas printed and I like them like that but I think they'd look better in purple or deep blue so I am going to do another one. 

Another idea that came to me this week (while lying in the bath sipping Tia Maria!) was to add beads to my heart shaped pendants and earrings.

Pendant £22

Earrings £18

These pieces are now available in my Etsy shop here

We've had some beautiful sunrises here this month and I caught this one on my phone at the weekend. Makes up for the short days and dark nights.


  1. your peacock is beautiful! I think you're right, a deep blue for the feather would look lovely

    1. Thank you Wendy. Another one has been painted and is ready for printing so watch this space :)

  2. The peacock is gorgeous! ... wow just think how you can go mad with ideas with this kind of thing!!! Really exciting for you!!

  3. Thanks Nadine. Like you said in your blog today, I'll have to get the pencil out!


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