Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
The Assisi work border is not an original design. It is taken from a tray cloth I made at school when I was 11. The blackwork swan however is all my own work and design.
At the time we lived next to a big lake and the swans regularly came to our glass front door and tapped on it with their beaks until I fed them bread. I often drew them after they had been fed. This is one of the drawings, translated into blackwork. I was very ill about 15 years ago and knew I was well on the way to recovery when I started working on this and then finished it.
Also taken from one of my drawings of swans , is the swan batik I showed you back in the summer. I have worked some more on it and am pleased with the result.
Monday, October 22, 2007
The taster photos are throughout this post .... you will easily recognise Val's influence.... (despite the colour not being hers), and here is one of the final samples:-
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
So enough of the Cathedral... Wells is a beautiful city.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Photo of my lamb as promised. He was made by Raymond Wirick... check out his other work ..here .........Isn't he cute? (I do mean the lamb!)
Had to leave the lamb to fend for himself today, as went up to Ally Pally in London to help look after the CTDG stand. It was wonderful to meet and talk to so many stitchers. Met up with some friends too.... and look who else I found lurking behind the Thread Studio stand .... yes Dale from Oz
Jane from Dorset is on the left and Dale in the middle, we had a lovely chat. Great to see you Dale and Jane.
Took us ages to get out of London onto the motorway, as the traffic was so heavy. Football match at Wembley followed by a Rugby match in the evening. You think they would be a bit more considerate and put all these matches on a different weekend to our Ally Pally!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
There were 2 more, my thinking was... enough reference material to inspire stitching with attitude! Hope fully using unusual materials too.
My preferred way of thinking for stitching is to try different ways of composing the stitches ...using pen and paper... then get out the threads and fabrics ...once the creative juices start flowing.... others need to get the threads and materials in their hands ... before they can be inventive. How do you get going?
Here is a page from my sketchbook for Fly stitch ideas and distortions:-
I only managed to do a little bit of stitching at the meeting.... my excuse was... I was leading the session! It has been really inspiring to get fabric in my hand and stitching like this again.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
This is the Coach House at Urchfont.... where I stayed last weekend, and most productive it was too. Got loads of work done.
There was a bit of a mix up about the working rooms... but it was amicably sorted out. What it did mean was I managed to get a large space to work on my own. Its not what I would normally want, but as I was working on a fairly large piece of work and tonal values... it was enormously useful. Also it meant I managed to chat to folks on other courses. It was great to meet Jenny and thanks for showing me around your groups' work. Met up with Ann again and we had a good chat.
Some of the Art in the Garden exhibits were still around, as you can see the sheep above.... reminds me.....still waiting to have my lamb delivered.
A view of the kitchen garden... sure sign of the end of summer when the Dahlias are out. Overlooking the garden is this green man... created by Gordon Dickenson, he and his partner Toni work a great deal with local children and schools. I promised Gordon I would photograph his green man on my next visit. He really wants it to rust heavily... it has started Gordon... I was sorely tempted to fold some fabric over him for the weekend and do some rust dyeing....but need to ask Gordon's permission first.
Any of these pictures will enlarge if you click on them.
I have been tagged by Susan, and have been asked to follow the following instructions.... so here goes.
1. Link the person who has tagged you.
2. Tell seven honest things about yourself
3. Tag seven new people.
Leave a message with the person you have tagged so they know about it.
So my seven honest things.
- I love eating, especially puddings, desserts, cakes and fresh fruit, and I hate cooking.
- I have lived in this town longer than I ever expected to. It took my husband a full 12 months to persuade me to move here with the children.
- My childhood was spent moving house and travelling, and for years my ideal holiday was to stay at home. Something my friends found strange - as they jetted off to all the places that I had spent my childhood living. I stayed in the UK and loved it.
- I had intended to be an air hostess when I grew up- how did I become a teacher?
- I grew up happily with dogs as family pets and my best friends..... I have also grown to love Siamese cats. I am terrified of cows and horses.
- I love Art, what more can I say? I have always "done" art. The love of fabric as an art material was thanks to Oma, she taught me, at an early age, a love and appreciation of the skills needed.
Now I need to tag 7 people, always difficult. Here goes.....
Helen at Hebart
Maggie at Magstitch
Dale at Downunderdale
Carol at Textile Tales
Sally at Grumpy shopkeeper
Bea at Capricorn Quilts
Helen at Textile Goddess
Right back to the handstitching ... which I cannot show you at the moment.-Sorry.