Monday, 20 September 2010

Salt Dough

I forgot to post about the salt dough ornament I had to make for the WI monthly competition, last month. I went online for the recipe, as I had not used salt dough for a while. I meant to bookmark the recipe I used, but I can't find it. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, drew a rough sketch out on silicone paper(baking parchment) to get a rough size and started off by weaving the basket. I then laid a trellis of fine, overlapping stems on the background, to stabilise the work, and made the flowers and the leaves on top. I let it dry and then painted it using my granddaughter's paint box. After drying it again, I gave it two layers of varnish, to try to preserve it. I know it will not last long here in the damp, salty air, but I thought I would at least make the effort! I had great fun making this, and it is so easy to do. I got first prize.

I have not touched a needle this week. We have had loads of people dropping in, we have been busy getting the place ready for the winter (we have already had a few days of very high winds/gales) and we have been here there and everywhere! Not very productive on the sewing front, but good otherwise.

I am getting my head down this week. Promise!
Till next time.


  1. I love the ornament. I can see why you got first place. Wonderful!

  2. Hey, congratulations on the first prize! That is really fantastic! I think you did beautiful work. I hope you get a chance to stitch soon!

  3. That is so cute, no wonder you won first prize!

  4. WOW! that ornament is wonderful! It is totally amzing!

  5. It's interesting that we put so much work in to something that we know won't last - this is very pretty and I hope it lasts longer than you expect!

  6. Hello from a fellow Scot.Now living in England. I love your salt dough ornament.I make cards and was just wandering through different blogs and came across yours. I have often thought if using this method for bits for my cards but I doubt if I could match your standard.
    What a lovely, chatty, homely site.