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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fionn's Marble Bag

Fionn has been bringing his marbles around when he comes to hang-out with Jim some Sunday afternoons. I saw some old marbles on eBay and bought them for him, along with a small bag of hand-made marbles from England. My knowledge of marbles is dredged up from memories of my brother playing as a boy, but I love the look and feel of them.

This of course, led to a bag for the marbles. It also allowed me to play with using a photograph for an embroidery design - something I've wanted to try for a while.

I began with a photo of Fionn kneeling in a park while playing with an iron man toy that flies into the air.

I used the outline tool in iPhoto, then printed the result and used it to trace an outline on to fabric.

I also added "Fionn's Marbles" in script using the Picassa tool, and traced the words.
I mounted the fabric in a hoop and used some browny-black variegated perle 8 thread that I got from Hetty's Patch a while ago, to embroider the outline in the style of redwork.

I was especially pleased with the sandal!

I added a few french knot
and put the words on the back of the bag.

I used a pale green cotton which took the marker quite well and lined it with a strong dark green broadcloth I also had to hand, then filled it with the marbles.

It has proved to be a popular and useful present!

1 comment:

Monica said...

What a great project, Jillian! I haven't thought about marbles in years. I think your beautiful bag has made them into quite a treasure!