Tuesday, 25 April 2017

"A La Mer" workshop sample book WARNING - picture heavy!!

I've been a busy girl lately...

...having lots and lots of fun making some more sample books for my workshops!

This one is called "A La Mer".

It's a ring-bound book, using a Prima Marketing 6 x 6 paper collection entitled "French Riviera" ...

...and some others from paper stash pads that I got in The Works.

Pages were made out of leftover 6 x 6 envelopes...

...and I made little pull-outs for each one so that personal memories can be added in.

There are lots of little pockets and storage spaces too. Ideal for all the printed photos and ephemera.

Because I'm a stitcher I also had to include some stenciled and stitched pieces...

...shells and sea-horses...

...done with Markal Paintstiks and my favourite Empress Mills Metallic Thread.


Lots of piccies coming up!


























It's not quite finished yet...

...I want to include more personal extra bits and bobs....

The next two are already on the worktable though!

Oh Happy Days!!! :-D

I hope you are all as happy as I am right now

 x C

Friday, 21 April 2017

In Print..

....my little French-style sewing tray...

...is in the current issue of STITCH magazine!






This one is my photo of the finished item...

...I really enjoyed making it and can't wait for it to come home so that I can actually use it!!

I hope plenty of lovely folk will decided to have a go and make one for themselves :-D

x C

PS

I have been unable to post any comments on anyone else's blogs for ages now....and it's pee'd me off a lot. But......I discovered today that it's a CHROME thing.....If I use Firefox instead....Yey....I can post comments. So I may not be quite so quiet from now on. :-)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tidying....sorting....planning...

I've been back for a couple of weeks now and seem to have spent most of my time tidying, sorting and, finally, planning for the next few months!

I was running on a high though...

...as all the positive feedback at the show really buoyed me up and gave me a good shot-in-the-arm...

...which is very welcome when you work at home on your own most of the time.

I have managed to get a fair old list put together...

...work to be done on a number of different projects...

...including getting started on a book - based around my "Lavender & Lace" theme....

...and another one on making art-books too!

This week though it's been playtime making collage papers...

...and a bit of drawing...





Yes.....

...one of those Beakheads again!!

This one inspired by the doorway at Healaugh in Yorkshire.

I've packed a load of stuff into a bag...

...and will be off exploring for a couple of weeks...

...so no blog posts for a while again - sorry!

There'll be lots going on in the background though...

...so I'll bring you up to date when I get back and settled :-)

x C

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Back from Birmingham - Tired but Happy!!

Well!!

i had the most wonderful time at ICHF in Birmingham...

...meeting lots and lots of lovely people....

...and talking my head off! :-D

I got myself pitched on Tuesday ready for set-up on Wednesday.

This was the first time my new "Medieval Mysteries" have seen a wall...

...so I was just a little apprehensive about how it would all look.

After a couple of hours of climbing ladders...

...it ended up like this.....



Looking from the seating area...




Some closer shots of...

...beakheads...




...Medieval tiles...





...sketchbook pages...




...moths and mushrooms (medieval of course!!)




...and a bit of background info...




Overall I was very pleased with the way it looked...

....and it got a LOT of attention and many, many positive comments!

Even though it was a trek...and a few days of intense activity...

...I got back late yesterday feeling that it had been an extremely worthwhile trip.

So, all of you wonderful people that came to talk to me on my stand...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED!!!

You made my show!! x x x x x x

x C

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Majestic Meeces!!

Whew!

Finished....with 2 days to spare!!

Meet Melisant, Metylda and Maudeleyn.







They will be greeting folk on my stand N14 at the NEC next week!!

I love them already! :-)


Hope to see you there...

x C

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Romanesque artbook pages

Here are a few pages that have been completed...

...in my 8" x 6" Romanesque artbook.

This is a design study based on the Norman arches that I find in so many 12th century churches...



...and these are simple graphite sketches of faces and features...

...done on top of one of my own stone wall stencils.

(Tim Holtz Distress ink pads and a piece of sponge through the stencil, then splattered with Brusho.)





I'm finding that using a 5mm 4B graphite clutch pencil is freeing-up my drawing.

I always used to use a 0.5mm clutch and take absolutely ages to get anything done!!

The chunky feel of the Cretacolor wooden handle is a joy ....

...and makes my drawing a happy experience :-)

More tomorrow...

x C

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Stitched Tile Pavement

Well...

...part of one anyway :-)

Unfortunately I only have 24 hours in a day, and only 7 days in a week...

....and getting many of these done is difficult right now.

So that I can put samples up at the show next week, I've stapled some onto a background for now...

...so that I can get them off again easily.

These are made using my larger tile blocks...

...from Colouricious of course!!






Printed light onto a darker hand-dyed fabric background...

...stitched around on the machine...

...then seed stitching by hand to finish off.

Very time consuming...

...and the plan is to have a "floor" that measures about 6ft x 8ft ...........eventually.

Ho Hum

...onwards and upwards....

x C