Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Permission to Play

I have given myself permission to play !
Sounds daft doesn't it but Carolyn Dube's free workshop does just that.
Releasing the inner child to really enjoy your art work.. watch this space for my messy or not so messy results.
I love the fact that Carolyn encourages use of what you already have rather than spending loads of money on new supplies, plus of course, the workshop is free!!

Let's Play!

Click on the picture and have a look around,  join in  and play xx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

1 Year of Stitching project

My newfound love of embroidery led me to this great project started by Sarah
1 Year of Stitches
There is a facebook page as well just called 
1 year of Stitches 
Each week there is a new folder started on a Sunday for the participants to upload their progress photos, the best thing is that anyone can join in.

This is my first weeks work. I used a vintage linen chair back cover and decided to work shapes randomly and then tie it all together once I have used up most of the space. I started with a circle and then added the heart,  using a water dissolvable pen to draw the shapes so that I could keep the shapes reasonably uniform.

Week 2 and I have added a hexagon and a paisley shape.

Week three and the 3 interlocking circles are in place. 
 Now I have to think of another shape to add , any ideas would be gratefully 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dropcloth Sampler

To practice some more stitches and learn more about embroidery, I bought Rebecca Rinquist's great book.  
I love it, the bonus was that at the end of the book was a little pocket with a cotton sampler to stitch. 

This was my finished piece, I like it in the hoop so I may hang it in my workroom.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Creative textiles - blue

The Creative Textiles course was held at   
The Old Artroom in Swaffham.

Jane Clarke was our tutor and she made it a fun time and we all stretched ourselves and achieved great stuff.

Once I had finished working with those glorious autumn colours, I worked on a blue fabric book.
This page is made up of threads trappped in Sulky and free machined to make a lacy delicate fabric.
Then the two pieces were layered on blue velvet.

Eyelet starburst embroidery on linen backed with a gold fabric.

Hardanger embroidery backed with gold fabric.
I went to a workshop held by the lovely Dilys Harvey.
I would never have believed that I could achieve this but Dilys tuition was so helpful.

This is the only embroidery that I have worked on since I was at school... a looooooooong time ago.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Creative Textiles - fabric book

For my creative Textiles city and guilds final piece I decided to make a fabric book.
It all seemed a bit daunting at first but I soon got into all the different techniques .
This is the front cover.

One of the inside pages, hand dyed scrim over velvet with hand embroidery.

I enjoyed playing with the fabric on this page and after weaving I added some found objects.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Working with the heart

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

 – Saint Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lots of Glorious Lace

I have nearly finished a City and guilds course in creative textiles, lots of work.. lots of fun.
My chosen subject is lace, so I took a few pics of just some of my stash..

I have always loved lace as you may tell by the pictures of just a small selection that I have accumulated :-)

I wanted to use some of this in the pages of my book that I am sewing,  but also wanted to look into alternate methods of depicting it.

I have used paper and lots of machine stitching as well as lovely meditative slow stitching.

I'll post some pictures of  some of the finished pages or work in progress.

Hope you have a lovely day x

Words of encouragement

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Some Things I Like

Beautiful Antique doilies.

An Inspiration Pack from The Ice Queen's shop.

Indigo Dyed Lace

I love Indigo to Dye with but just recently have used some Dylon Jeans Blue, so easy to do in the microwave.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Jeans Pocket Organiser

Love this idea, if I can find the link I'll post it.

Elderberry Wine

Waiting on the Elderberries in my garden to ripen.

Planning on making this wine.

Love this little picture x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Erosion of the cliffs , but not of Dreams.

Sunday was a day of rest and relaxation. 
After a very good carvery and nut roast for me, my daughter and son in law (and Frankie of course) walked with me through the fields.  
We took in the warmth of the sun and the fresh air and felt revitalised and peaceful.

Sad to see that the cliffs of the North Norfolk coast are eroding so quickly.
Each time I visit there is less of the cliff walk, the people who live in the houses along that stretch of coast must be devastated to know that they will lose their homes to the sea.

The farmer had not planted his crops near the edge of the cliffs but still, as the ground breaks away, the newly grown crop tumbles over.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Applique bird

The stitching around this leaf appliqué has given great depth to the piece.

This blue leaf came from another piece of upholstery fabric. 
I like the way the colour gives a bit of zing.

My bird has very thin lace as an edging and other laces pieces to define the scraps.
The fabric I used for the head has an eye in the right place so I didn't want to detract from that as it seemed to work.
Of course it's a flower really.

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Woods in Bloom

Walking through the woods is so beautiful, the air is clean and invigorating, 
magic is all around and the peace is empowering.

Cow parsley

Wild daisies

A view across the woods


Friday, 8 July 2016

Sunshine ,Indigo and Magic.

The tattered sheet and some other random white cotton off cuts have been in my Indigo pot.
The sun has been glorious and the fabric dyed and dried . I love it, once pressed it will be cut and hand stitched to add to my cotton cover.

 The piece with the leaves on was gifted to me as it was a screen print tester and not perfect. 
I love the randomness of it and it's mistakes add to its character.
I have quite a bit more of it that I will dye another day.

I tied some of the fabrics before immersing in the pot to give a little variation in colour.
You can just about see that the piece on the left is showing a little tie dye effect.
I am looking forward to working with it all.

This is an experiment in solar dyeing.
I immersed some white cotton in water that had a mordant added to it then added oak leaves and some flower seeds.  
Hopefully the warmth of the sun will encourage some magic to happen.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Stitching simply

Stitching lots of 9 patch blocks using embroidery thread to oversew each patch together.
It is so relaxing to hand sew and it's so portable.  
I can stitch when I am in the car, as a passenger of course!
I hope to make a cover for my bed without wadding so that it feels and moves like simple cloth.

The back view after pressing.

I sketched a butterfly and crazy cut the off cuts of material then edged with lace. 
The middle just seemed to need a heart!
I am working on a bird centre now and will edge it with more of the patches.
Most of the fabric used is vintage cotton.

I have been gifted this fabulous Egyptian cotton sheet, although this bit is very worn the main cloth is  great.
Time to get the dye pot out!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Just laying around.

There is beauty in so many things that are just laying around in the most unlikely places. 
Even next to rust, green life sprouts. Just another Art Quilt in the making!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Calm Norfolk Day

Today was calm and beautiful and the big Norfolk sky was full of amazing cloud formations.
The windmills were nearly still, only just the slight breath of breeze to tempt the blades to turn.
The wheat is starting to ripen, the field beans are tall and strong and the rapeseed pods appear to be ready to harvest.