It’s been a while since I last posted to my blog, but I haven’t been completely inactive on the creative front. With the slightly warmer weather and lighter evenings, my thoughts have been turning towards summer colours.

Surprisingly, I hadn’t made the ubiquitous tea cosy yet, so I made up a template and set about making a couple. As always my idea is to make something beautiful and artistic that also has a practical function in the home.

To make sure they keep the tea really piping hot, I used 5+ layers of wool laid out quite thickly. The clouds are silk laps as I love the texture when felted. And the crashing waves use silk laps, white nepps and undyed curly locks to simulate the foam.

Being a bit short on energy these days I used an electric sander to rub them thoroughly before rolling them up. After 400 rolls (phew!) I popped them into the washing machine on a 30 degree wash with a towel to get them to shrink down.

I stitched on some pebbles, sea glass and shells which I’ve collected during my walks on the beach. I hope they will withstand some gentle washing. And I added some stem stitch to represent seaweed.

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The floral summer meadow has hand-dyed yellow/orange scrim as well as gorgeous tussah silk fibres, which I then embroidered and added a sprinkling of french knots. The stems of the flowers are felted in wool and cotton blend yarns and the clouds are drifts of white silk laps.

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Next time I’ll remember to add a hanging loop as I think many people do hang up their tea cosies. I’m already looking forward to making some more, so I’m popping these into my Etsy shop in time for Mother’s Day.

 

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