Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Back home...for a little while!

It's been a hectic few weeks all in all....

...but I've really enjoyed meeting lots of lovely people...

...making new friends...

...and catching up with old ones!

Anyways...

...after my sessions with the York Guild...

...I shifted a bit south to West Bridgeford to do another talk and workshop.

Again, we were treated to a visit by Christine Poole and her husband David...

...who just happened to be set-up on the same little campsite as moi!!



The talk was very well attended, and the workshop was really delightful!!



Some gorgeous work was done......







Well done the ladies of West Bridegford!! :-)

...and thanks to Kath Owen for arranging it all!

After the workshop, I belted back to the Gladdyvan and got hooked up so that I could head-off to Lincolnshire for a workshop with the Lincoln Guild.

This was being taught by Dee and Joan, and the subject was Medieval Illuminated letters using tissue and tea bags!! What fun!!!

Here are some samples...



The Lincoln EG are having a very special event day on the 11th April - being held at The Hardy Building, Bishop Grossteste University in Lincoln. Go along if you can, there will be lots to see and you'll be sure of a great welcome!1



After a tiring couple of weeks away, I had a few days to relax before going down to Cardiff to my very own quilting group "Cardiff Quilters" to give a talk at the AGM (which I actually managed to miss completely because I thought it was in the afternoon not the morning!) Still, I got there in time for lunch and my talk went ok (I think?!).

I have some time before my next away-fixture, and I fully intend to make the most of it!!

I'm off to take some "medieval inspiration" photos over the Easter hols...

...watch this space!1 :-)

x C

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

York Guild blog post....

Here is the link to the blog of York Embroiderers Guild.

...their post re. my talk on Saturday...��


Monday, 9 March 2015

Hurrah for York!!

Well!!

I've had a wonderful few days here...

...with some equally wonderful ladies!

First of all the talk on Saturday...

...graced by the presence of Christine Poole - Chair of the Guild...

...accompanied, as ever by the lovely David Poole - husband extraordinaire...

..who was given the job of official "talk photographer" :-)





This was followed by a workshop all day on Sunday...

...where 15 ladies slooshed around paint and then settled to stitch for the afternoon!!

Some piccies of the fun and some results too...


















Off to Nottingham tomorrow....

...West Bridgeford Embroiderers....

...here I come!!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Post before going....

I thought that I'd better get my act together and do another blog post before I take off north...

...to do some talks and workshops in York and West Bridgeford.

I have been doing quite a lot of stuff here...

...but some have to stay firmly under wraps (for now anyway)....sorry!

I can show you some pages from my Medieval Tile Tri-fold book though...

(This is the one that folk will be working on in my workshop here in May ...which is now full up :-)

So here goes...





I'll show a few more when I come back :-)

I always struggle to decide what "things to do" to take with me when I go away!

This time I'm away for 2 weeks...

...in a caravan on my own...

...so I will definitely need to be occupied!

I've been thinking about doing a small book on my "Lavender & Lace" theme for a little while now...

...so I've packed a box of goodies...

...rubber stamps...

...fabrics...

...laces...

...ephemera...

etc to help me while away my evening times.

I'll show a bit of that later too...

Right!

Time to sort out all the fabrics, threads, yarns and printblocks for the two workshops!

x C

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Learn to READ!!!!! (Warning...lots of piccies!)

How many times have I told children to...

..."Read ALL of the paper BEFORE starting"?!!

Hmmmpff!

Well...

...I posted a little while ago and said that I was signed-up for the QG Journal Quilt Challenge for 2015...

...and showed a few pieces that I'd stenciled and/or stitched.

WooHoo! Clever girl getting on so well with it all eh?

Hmmmpfffffffff!!

If I'd READ the instructions PROPERLY before starting...

...I would have known that the Journal Quilts have to be 6 inches by 12 inches...

...NOT 6 inches by 8 inches (as I THOUGHT I'd read).!!

So...

...the pieces that I'd already started have now had to go in to the UFO pile...

...and await their fate....

...while I have sorted out another piece of fabric...

...large enough to give me twelve 6" x 12" Journal Quilt front panels...

...and begun to stencil and stitch AGAIN!!

Hmmmpfffff!

This time though, I was a little more inventive with the stencils...

...and used more than one colour Markal.

I must say that I do prefer the results :-)




Some stitching done too....



Then...

...I'm going to have the most difficult job...

...to decide which pieces of gorgeous Japanese Kimono fabrics to use!!

(Got this little bundle from ebay :-)

























This bit below came as a Haori jacket, but I didn't like it when I tried it on...

...so I took it apart and now have a good few feet of delightful ikat fabric to play with!!




Finally...

...results of yo-yo maker-play!





Hope you're all having as much fun as I am :-)

x C