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Something or nothing

By on Jun 27, 2014

This month I thought I’d try out a selection of ¬†art and sewing techniques, make up some samples, and generally get organised and ready for a couple of creative summer schools I’m going to. However, what with the good weather, birthdays, trips out etc etc, I’d started to feel I hadn’t actually produced much. Even the blog went on the back burner. Then I took a look back at my photos for the month, and in fact I’ve ended up with quite a few samples of work which could turn into something…or nothing. Either way it’s been a chance to have a go at something new. Here’s a selection of stuff, including my first attempt at using an embellisher. This little flower will be my offering to the June Stitched Journal Project Flowers of course are easy images to use when practising with the machine. By the way I’m loving all the flowers around...

Exhibition exhilaration…

By on Jun 4, 2014

Finally, the blessed wall hanging got finished and exhibited! I’m not sure where the feeling of exhilaration stems from. Completing something that took so many hours to make? Being part of a group of lovely ladies all striving to put on a show worth viewing? Maybe a bit of both. Anyway, I feel proud enough to post a photo of me with it And a few photos of the last stages in the making Thanks for bearing with me!

Back to Blighty

By on May 28, 2014

and back to my little piece of work for May’s Stitched Journal Project I’ve called it ‘Bluebells, Cow Parsley and Oilseed Rape’ because it’s an amalgamation of all the images and colours I observed out in the woods this month I’ll leave the photos to show how the ideas...

New Inspiration

By on May 12, 2014

Colour is always my first source of inspiration so I wasn’t at all surprised that my recent trip to Spain produced a flurry of ideas for working with colours I would never normally select at home…cobalt blue with orange for a start! The above photos were taken in Seville, a breathtakingly beautiful city basking in sweltering temperatures and bathed in a heat haze in early May Thoughts of stitching bluebells have been banished until my return! Instead I’ve been sketching in Seville and Granada and conjuring up abstract designs based on tiles discovered in the coolest corners of the...

A bit of hand stitching…

By on Apr 28, 2014

There’s nothing more therapeutic than a bit of hand stitching…I love how portable and quick it can be. This afternoon I sat outside in the shelter of the arbour, with the warmth of the sun on my face, and had a go at producing Brighton beach in stitch Here’s the photo I used for inspiration Here’s the little sketch I did last week in preparation, with some linen fabric and thread laid out Here’s you know who keeping an eye on proceedings And here’s the finished result, A5 size I’m quite pleased with it and so it got posted as my piece of work for April’s Stitched Journal Project I like the idea of being able to make up a Brighton inspired journal from the monthly pieces so, from now on, I shall work on these little A5 scraps and see what I end up with Thanks for...

Going Home

By on Apr 20, 2014

Every now and again I get a strong urge to return home to Marlow in Bucks where I grew up. Last week the sun was shining and friends and family were winding down for the Easter break so it seemed like a good time to visit I think more than ever now I can appreciate how lucky I was to spend my youth in such a beautiful town. Chatting with my friend from school I remembered just how much I used to want to ‘do something with textiles’. I went on to do other things then. It’s true that, as we grow older, we become more aware of how the choices we make affect how our future turns out. Now I find I’m living in an equally beautiful place, but this time with the opportunity to fulfil that textile dream, and with more determination to do so. I returned to Brighton with fresh energy, ready to focus on my next piece of work. I’m using the same woodland inspired...

Coffee beyond compare…

By on Apr 10, 2014

My adopted town was bathed in Spring sunshine today, so I took the MT out for a stroll and a cup of coffee. We went to Redroaster in St James’s Street, consistently one of my favourite coffee shops. They serve the most delicious coffee and are very dog friendly Ambling along also gave me the chance to escape the dust and mayhem at home, the consequence of yet more building work. Eventually we had to head back to the downside of Spring…the Annual House Clean Thanks for stopping...

Why use a sketchbook?

By on Apr 7, 2014

These last couple of weeks have just flown by. I’ve been lucky enough to have been on two separate trips to London, and both times I came home with my head full of design ideas for future projects in various combinations of thread and fabric. What with walking the MT, doing the usual chores and more, I’ve had precious little time to get on with any actual sewing though. I don’t want to lose that feeling of ‘flow’ that comes when you’re in a creative mood, so I’m finding that getting the ideas into my sketchbook as quickly as possible is the way to go As Kay Greenlees says, in her excellent book ‘Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists’: “A sketchbook will provide A library of responses to experiences that will inform future reference An opportunity to record ideas and images in the form of drawings and notes...