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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...

I’m not alone…

By on Apr 2, 2014

One of the best bits about entering the blogging world is discovering just how much talent there is lurking behind closed doors. I’m really enjoying the ability to connect with other creatives. Not everyone wants or needs to exhibit or sell their work, but many, including me, find it quite hard to keep producing when working alone. I love being in my workroom but sometimes it can get a bit lonely This week I’ve linked up to two online spaces where artists can share images of their work, get inspiration and make friends The Stitched Journal Project has been set up by blogger Lola Nova – Whatever Lola Wants Makers from around the world are creating one piece of work per month and sharing it. As Lola says “It’s a project to get the ideas flowing, to process the days in a creative way, to try new techniques and to push past fears that keep us from making...

Who am I?

By on Mar 31, 2014

I’ve noticed from other blogs I read, that as time goes on  the authors start to gain confidence and reveal more about themselves. I think those blogs then become much more interesting to read, so I thought it was time for me to peek out from behind the dashboard …just one tentative photo to start with, but I promise to put more on the blog very soon. Anyway here I am, still hiding somewhat behind the MT and my sunglasses No prizes, but does anyone recognise where we were? We’d just reached the end of a fabulous walk on the warmest day of the weekend. Afterwards, full of the joys of Spring (just look at those primroses!) I rushed home to start my new sewing project, bake a cake and make a birthday card. Here’s how I got on   My weekend finished with a trip into town to see the very entertaining Sussex Jazz Orchestra. And how lovely it was to be able to go...

Labour of Love

By on Mar 27, 2014

I’ve been reading around the subject ‘What makes an artist?’  This quote, (attributed to either St Francis of Assisi, or the lawyer and author Louis Nizer) just about sums up my opinion on the matter “A man who works with his hands is a labourer A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman A man who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist” My first creative textile piece is finally ready to be damp stretched, attached to board and laced up to within an inch of it’s life so that hopefully it can reemerge as the sketchbook cover I designed several months back I thought about it, I put my heart and soul into making it, am I ready to describe myself as an artist? Well not quite yet maybe, but I’m on my...

What happened to Spring?

By on Mar 25, 2014

The Mad Terrier and I had to put our raincoats on this morning for the first time in ages Neither of us had fancied going out. She’d refused to get up until 8 am but once we were in the woods it wasn’t so bad, we could barely feel the rain. Whilst the MT scampered about, I marvelled at just how much new growth had emerged since yesterday. You don’t really notice the day to day changes unless you look very closely. You just see a slow, almost imperceptible creeping of the lime green through the trees   I love watching this process of nature emerging and unfolding, and I really appreciate having the opportunity to live life at a slower pace so I have the time to notice. Whatever the weather is...

A Cosmic Creation

By on Mar 18, 2014

This week scientists announced they have discovered primordial gravitational waves (ripples in the structure of spacetime from the birth of the universe). Verification is still needed, but since I’m following various science courses through FutureLearn, I’m beginning to understand the importance of the announcement. Apart from being interested in the science, I also love looking at images captured from space. I find the unbelievably clear contours and colours to be truly inspirational. This composite image of various moons is courtesy of NASA All this started me thinking about whether it would be possible to create a stitched wall hanging based around moons. It also reminded me of a conversation I’d had with M last week, when we were musing over whether it would indeed be possible to combine art and science in some creative way. We’d spent a very enjoyable...

Happy Days!

By on Mar 11, 2014

I’ve had a relaxing couple of days catching up with all sorts of things, including housework, some gardening and some reading. I’m doing a bit of online studying via FutureLearn too. I’m amazed at the variety of courses you can follow for free. Not that I’m clever enough to understand it all… The Higgs boson is still a mystery to me! I skimmed over some maths, watched a couple of short video lectures and then decided I’d achieve more by baking scones… I used Mary Berry’s recipe and substituted 50g of smoked cheese for the sugar. Delicious! Even the Mad Terrier is more relaxed than usual. I put it down to the fact that we’re all happier when the sun...