Sunday, December 31, 2006
I have spent some of the time during the holiday making fabric postcards. The idea was that I would try out all those techniques that I have been promising myself to try.
This one is using a nappy liner as a background (the scan does not do the texture justice) and this one is using a table napkin as a background.
I do hope that Sharon manages to sort her spammer problems before Tuesday, (who are these sad people?)
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Electra seems to think that the soul purpose me spending a day decorating the Christmas tree was so that she, when bored, could dismantle it!!! This is something she hasn't done since she was quite a young cat and as she is now an elderly lady. It is lovely to see she still has a sense of mischief.
I see that Sharon says she is deliberating what stitch to use to start TAST. Not starting at the very beginning then........
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
With TAST in mind there was a good way of keeping sample stitches together on embroidery overlaps and a tutorials on how to make beaded Christmas baubles in Camille's Place. They are lovely but maybe next year.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
There were 900 entries and only 100 were selected for exhibition, I am so proud and thrilled for her.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I have been giving a lot of thought to TAST and how I would implement the stitches. Now, until it starts, I don't know if this is going to be feasible but this is an outline of what I am mulling over.
I have a room full of "stuff" and I have been searching for something to combine all the things I love doing, ie stitching, painting, collaging etc. For some time now I have had the idea of filling a box with things I have made, I want it to be magical and exciting, the sort of thing that would delight a child on a rainy day.
At the beginning of this year I started making a book of the months of the year, which was a collagey thing,which only made it to February before my butterfly mind turned to other things and is therefore a "UFO".
Do you see where I'm going here?
I found when I was doing the encrusted CQ class that it would seem that everything I do has to have a "story" and though the sensible part of me knows stitch samplers would be a wonderful resource, I know it is not for me, my dream is to use Sharon's challenge to make something beautiful each month to put in my box, and perhaps finish the book I started.
Picture is one of my digi collages.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here is a little seasonal example of what you can do with needle and thread.
Wouldn't you just love that beret!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The photograph below is one of my own, it was taken in Rome.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I have found it very difficult to get a good photograph of the fourth block,just can't reproduce the depth of it.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
When I was wakened my by feline friend at 5.30 this morning I turned over and snuggled down because it was dark and the wind was howling, I then realised that I was thinking about sailors on the "hulks" carving scrimshaw . Now where did that one come from???
This is the sort of image I had in my head, this is drawn (I use the term losely)by me in paintshop pro.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Here are the roses my DH presented to me yesterday from our garden. The funny thing is that they look as though they are made of wax, perhaps they are mutating into some sort of "winter" rose species.
Christmas cards nearly done, only three weeks from today.
Friday, December 01, 2006
In an effort to get into a Christmassy mood I offer you my party hat which I made for our get together at the EG.
The penguin is a promotion item for the film "Happy Feet" which I can't wait to see, a dancing penguin......right up my street.
Back to the card production.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I have just found an article on "Time" magazine, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1562914,00.html which I found both amusing and thought provoking.
While the article suggests a governments duty I wonder if he has underplayed (ignored) the media's responsibilty in over-hyping "scares". I feel it certainly is the case in the UK when the tv evening news will be full of "special reports" and the tabloids will banner headline it and drag up every tenous link they can find.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
In the last lesson Sharon asks us to examine what we feel we have learned. I now know that I am rubbish at working with beads. All the blocks would be finished if I didn't have to keep crawling round the floor picking up microscopic pieces of glass!!!! It doesn't help that as soon as I am settled my ancient old gentleman cat wants to sit on my knee. I have done all the things one is supposed to like a tin lined with felt but I ALWAYS manage to drop it. Ah well...back to the floor. The picture is a page from my skinny fat book.
Monday, November 20, 2006
I thinkthis is finished, I have said this about ten times over this weekend and each time I have gone back to a dd a little more. I have added a little suprise to it under the bead that is supposed to represent the crystal ball.
I still am amazed how the piece took on its own identity and suddenly found myself thinking of a poem from childhood, I could only remember the line "Old Meg she was a gipsy..." I had to look it up and found it was a poem by John Keats called Meg Merrilees. Just incase you can't remeber it all this is it.
Old Meg she was a Gipsy,
And liv'd upon the Moors:
Her bed it was the brown heath turf,
And her house was out of doors.
Her apples were swart blackberries,
Her currants pods o' broom;
Her wine was dew of the wild white rose,
Her book a churchyard tomb.
Her Brothers were the craggy hills,
Her Sisters larchen trees--
Alone with her great family
She liv'd as she did please.
No breakfast had she many a morn,
No dinner many a noon,
And 'stead of supper she would stare
Full hard against the Moon.
But every morn of woodbine fresh
She made her garlanding,
And every night the dark glen Yew
She wove, and she would sing.
And with her fingers old and brown
She plaited Mats o' Rushes,
And gave them to the Cottagers
She met among the Bushes.
Old Meg was brave as Margaret Queen
And tall as Amazon:
An old red blanket cloak she wore;
A chip hat had she on.
God rest her aged bones somewhere--
She died full long agone!
I wish I had remebered it earlier because it would have helped with the motifs. Perhaps another day......
Saturday, November 18, 2006
This is ...........er.......Fred....er.......Bloggs.....insome...er....town.....somewhere.....er.....in...the UK. I am supposed to ...er...bring you......er....some sort of....er...news report......but I haven't bothered to.......er.....prepare what I was going to ....er.....say ......as it was warmer in the..... er...pub this afternoon.
I would have thought that one of the main qualifications for a television news reported was the ability to string together a sentence!!!!! It ranks along with sportsmen(paticularly footballers) who say "you know".....don't get me .....er...started!!!!.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Today is Remembrance Sunday in the UK, when we remember those whose lives were cut short by war. Four more British soldiers were killed today in Iraq. Yesterday many young men of Iraq were killed as they applied for work. Where is the reason? In over two thousand years mankind has learned nothing! At my age one knows only to well the shortness of life.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I would like to thank the contributors to CQ Magazine http://www.cqmagonline.com/index.html where I first heard of a hussif. If you link to them and search for hussif you will see the beautiful things that inspired me.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
My husband must think my needle is welded to my hand!!! The third of Sharon's lessons arrived and this is the result on the first block, (Gipsy gold). So now my gipsy has a basket of pegs, a caravan and a violin , the motif in my corner made me think of the signs gipsy's used to leave on gateposts to show whether a house was friendly or not. The centre and the corner are waiting for lesson four!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This is the first block with the seam stitching. It looks sort of bitty and I'm not too happy with it but I am hoping that I know where I am going with it. In my mind I have called it "gipsy gold" a bit more inspirational than 1st block!! When we get to the motifs, beads etc I hope I can spice it up a bit.
Now going to try second block which is now called "gilded cage". Hoping I can get to be more spontaneous on this one.
Friday, October 27, 2006
I think one of the main reasones is trying to visualise what it will be like when it is all encrusted and what you would like to put where. The other thing is because on three of the blocks I have used images I feel I need to tell a story with the embelishments. This probably comes from altering books which is what I have been doing for the last year.
Anyway I finally took the plunge on the basis that if I don't like it I can always pull it out. Here is roll and story so far on first block.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Just printed off the second lesson, all 49 pages of it!!! Should keep me occupied.