Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Teeny Tiny Textile Art Stash and tools.

Several people have expressed an interest here
in what goes into a Teeny Tiny Textile Art piece.
I blogged the story of making a picture
This is a photo blog of the materials and tools I use.


I use felt as the basis of my pictures as it is very versatile. It does not fray and can be stitched, glued and needlefelted.

A. Loosely needlefelted wool felt; B. Commercially produced Wool/Viscose Felt; C. Commercially produced needlefelted shape; D. Handmade wool felt.

A. Bluefaced Leicester; B. Suri Alpaca; C. Lambswool; D. Wensleydale Curls; E. Merino Tops

Fibres and threads are sorted by colour and stored in translucent containers.

An example of all the different shades of blue I can choose from.

A. Commercial Variegated Cotton Embroidery Floss (6 strand); B. Rayon Embroidery Floss; C. PolyCotton Sewing thread; D.Space Dyed Matt Cotton Embroidery Floss (6 strand); E. Single colour Embroidery Floss (6 strand)

Tools of the trade.

The needles with the handles are needle felting needles in three different gauges. These can be used to create felt and to add pattern, texture and detail with fleece to my pictures.  The sewing needles are used for embroidery and stitching buttons and beads onto my pictures. The coin is a penny so that you can see how small some needles can be.

Good quality scissors are essential for accurate cutting. The tweezers are useful when handling tiny embellishments.

Glue is used to mount my pictures but also secures found items such as shells or feathers.

This has been a whistlestop tour around the things that create the basis of Teeny Tiny Textile Art pictures.
Next time I will show you all the embellishments I use regularly.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

How to frame a Teeny Tiny picture.

A number of my customers have asked about framed Teeny Tiny Textile Art. I do not supply my work framed as it would not be economical as costs would escalate hugely.
However suitable box frames can be purchased here and here and here, and many other suppliers.
First, choose your picture.
 Next, buy your frame.

 Remove hardboard back and mount (if any)

Place picture in centre of mount.
 Carefully place mount in frame.

Replace hardboard, then check that picture is positioned correctly.
 Enjoy your picture!

The picture shown is available for buy here Teeny Tiny Textile Art.  entitled Over the Rainbow.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pay it forward...

Some of you might have seen a thread on Facebook where people who comment on a status:

I am participating in 2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward: The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in 2013, a special gift -
perhaps a book, or one of my pictures, or a candle, or music or a small object - a special surprise just for them. There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status and deliver during 2013....go on, you know you want to :-)

I did this but only a few people commented. Is it because people are too busy? Is it too much trouble?
I wonder if it is a symptom of something deeper?

I see, in general, a deepening of suspicion, a tendency to snarkiness, a sense of unkindness.  
Where there are pressures, those pressures can be manifested in carelessness for the feelings of others.

But why...?

Kindness costs nothing.


1. The act of being friendly, generous and considerate.
2. A kind act.

I am a huge fan of kindness. It is free. It helps to make the world a nicer place.

I think that some think that being kind is weak. That being kind is inappropriate in a business or work relationship.This is not true.

Where people are valued, appreciated and treated considerately, they respond positively. They do not, in my experience, take advantage. If the values above are part of any relationship that relationship will be better for them. If a person in authority espouses those same values, they are not being soft, and need not fear lack of respect. Indeed, lack of respect is much more likely to occur where people are not treated well.

I bought a notebook the other day because it had this on the cover:

If they don't respect, appreciate and value you, then they don't deserve you.

This is an important message.
Heed it.