Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The big tidy up

After a casual stroll around the garden this morning checking the flowering bulbs, then went back to tidying up the workroom / studio.

The dustmen are coming to empty the wheelie bins tomorrow, so it seemed like a good time to chuck the junk out of the room. As you can see, I can actually get to the sewing machine to stitch, and I have emptied my display board too. Its all ready for the next lot of work. Looking forward to starting some new themes for my work.

Could not resist starting on the sketchbooks straight away.... it is lovely to have space to move around. Luckily, so far I have managed to find what I need... bet that won't last. That's the trouble with tidying up...... can never find anything.

I have just updated the blog for GWE, if you would liek to see some of the work which was on display at the Steam Museum... pop over an have a look here

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Great Western Embroiderers

We have been playing with Lazy daisy stitch at our meeting today. Such fun and so nice and relaxing to play with a simple but versatile stitch. We had a lot to chat about and had the chance to read through the comments in visitors book after the exhibition.

We are concentrating as a group on our next challenge. Our meeting next month is at a local attraction called Lydiard House and Park. A real amenity for all the family. We are not sure yet whether we will have another exhibition as a result, but we have so enjoyed working together on a theme, so we will continue working in this way.

I spent most of the day working chain stitch around the eyelets I showed you yesterday. I bought the thread from Myfanwy at Winifrid cottage, she dyes it herself and it a very pleasant variegated thread. A most pleasant day.
I am seriously thinking of changing the blog to the new layout.. which may mean I lose a lot of my stuff..... I may do it tomorrow if I can find the time. Must finish tidying the workroom /studio that I have started this week.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Seeing pink today

Isn't nature amazing... the colours in this sky are wonderful. Saw it whilst I was cooking dinner the other day, and just had to go and grab the camera.

I treated myself recently to an eyelet attachment for my elderly Bernina , I bought it on e-bay and have to say I am very pleased with it. This is the very first piece of stitching that I did with my new toy. Can see this will be featuring in my future work quite a bit.

Back to pink.......this poor plant is getting very confused. It flowered just before Christmas , in fact in November, and now its is flowering again. It is supposedly a Christmas cactus. Very odd but also beautiful..

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Busy Times

What a lot to do and little time to do it....Christmas and New Year have happened since I last posted to the blog.
Happy New Year everyone... .......though a bit late........ is it March already?

The GWE group have just had a very successful exhibition at Steam Museum in Swindon. The Swindon Mayor came to open it and was very complementary about the work. He really enjoyed seeing the representative pieces. The local newspaper gave us a full page spread and an excellent article. Here is the link to the online version if you would like to read it, it does have less photos however..
So, for the first part of this year I have been busy finishing the pieces of work for the Exhibition.
Hubby has also had his knee replaced, so have had a spell as "Nurse in charge" as well. Not something I am particularly good at either. My travels were also curtailed by the weather... all that snow, we were cut off from the world for a few days. It became very boring after the first few moments of excitement.

The beginning of February bought with it lots of family birthdays.. very pleasant and lots of cakes to eat. Then I had a wonderful treat.

Went to the Embroiderers Guild and Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. It was a wonderful day out.. not very sunny but it did stay dry.

The Palace is quite renowned for its variety of chimneys as well athe knot garden.

This the the ceiling to Anne Boleyns gate and entrance.. amazing.

This weekend I have been away at my masterclass at Urchfont, absolutely wonderful. It has allowed me to reflect on the work I would like to progress for 2 exhibitions I have in September/October. Always a welcome respite to visit Urchfont and reflect on the way my work is developing.