Sunday, 8 July 2018

. a little bit different...

...for me anyways...

I'm doing several "Japanese Inspiration" workshops this summer and next...

...and am trying to come up with as many possibilities as I can.

So...

...alongside the obvious "book" format...

...I've now started to work on some smaller pieces...

...to be wound around some wooden spools.

What fun!!

...and a bit tricky as the paper background is soooooooo narrow!!

This is where all those lovely polymer/rubber stamps come out of their folder...

(Inkylicious and Card-io this time)

I used my alphabet rubber stamps to put in a Basho Haiku about Cherry Blossom...

...and used the tiny Card-io "Oriental Blossom" polymer stamps to go with it.

...and I get to use the beautiful sheets of origami paper that have been in the drawer for a while :-o

The paper background was sprayed with Brusho....three pieces stitched together...

...and I also included a couple of pieces of fabric with Sashiko and Boro stitching.

I'm really happy with the result...






I think I am going to enjoy making some more of these!!

x C

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Time for a change.....

I've been thinking...

...long and hard...

...and have now decided that I won't be taking any more workshop bookings after the ones I already have in place for 2019.

I may consider still doing Summer Schools etc...

...but branch/group workshops...no.

It's not been an easy one, as I have really loved being with people and seeing lovely places....

...but...needs be.

We have no hard-and-fast plans yet, but I want a clear slate so that if plans come to be...

...then we can act on anything without worrying about letting anyone down.

I'll still be stitching...

...and planning projects etc...

...but I will have more of an "online" presence with kits and bits.

This will all be available through my ETSY shop...

...and I'll post as and when things become available. (Not this year.)

I'm looking forward to seeing you all this summer and next...

...and, maybe at a show here and there...

x C

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Beading a different kind of project....

I've been looking at different ways to use my printed/stitched pieces....

...and this one is going to be presented in a very different way...

...when the beading is finished that is! :-)



No more details for now...

...but I will say that it is destined to become a kit ;-)

x C

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Final little bits...

...of holiday stitching.

Small pieces that may become brooches...

...or may be included in small books.

Je ne sais pas...




I haven't managed to unpack everything yet...

...don't know where it's all going to go if I'm honest!!

I think I need a trip down to the scrap store - to get rid of stuff...

...can't work if I'm too piled-up with clutter!

So many ideas swimming around in the old head at the minute...

...so...

...today and tomorrow will be a couple of days on the sewing machine...

...I think really well while watching the needle go up and down.

Pland for the future need to be put into place...

...slowly and carefully...

...and I'm not certain what will be happening...

...but I think it's safe to say that I (probably) won't be doing any more workshops in the UK after next year.

As I said...

...nothing is certain...

...stay or go...

...but there will be plenty of "other" things going on even though I might not be travelling so much :-)

x C

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

More little pieces of stitching....

I now have quite a bagful of these small pieces....

...maybe to be brooches...

...maybe something else...

...who knows...

I can't do anything else with them until I get back home and have my sewing machine to play with again!

Here is today's offering...



...oranges, golds and greeny-blues...

Yum

x C

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Stitching in the rain...

....just stitching in the rain...

...what a glorious feeling...

...I'm happy again!

It's more grey and damp than sunny and warm here right now...

...but my stitching boxes are keeping me well enough occupied...

... and I do (quite) like hearing the sound of rain on the caravan roof! :-)

Being inside...

...quietly stitching away...

...gives me the head-space to think and plan...

...and try to decide in which direction I need to go.

We've had a look around at some houses...

...which turned out not to be right for us...

...but we have (we think) decided on an area...

...and will continue looking over the next year...

...mostly online...until we come back again.

Meantime...

...little hanging trees are happening...



...just one of a number which will make-up a wall piece (mobile-thingy).

Now moving on to the leaves and butterflies....

x C

Monday, 28 May 2018

...are you inspired to stitch?

I've been working on loads and LOADS of small samples...

...that will be (eventually) turned into books as "workshop samples".

There are hours ....and I mean HOURS of stitching going into these...

...and I'm just wondering if they actually WILL inspire people to stitch.

I would like to know if YOU would like to stitch these....

...no sales pitch...just a question (market research if you like!)




These two latest ones have had a extra row of metallic stitching around their edges...

...I wanted something a bit different to my usual seed-stitching.

I like the results.

A bit more flamboyant?

Maybe...





I still have a number left to do...

...and will mix up the colours and stitches to make each one not-quite-the-same as another one...

...that way, when I make the little books...

...the pages can be decorated slightly differently which makes it more interesting for the eye to roam over!

Still having those wonderful French thunderstorms here...

...and they're in the forecast for the next couple of weeks...

Could mean a LOT more stitching gets done!! :-)


Please let me know if you are/would be inspired to stitch...over on my Facebook page (link on RH sidebar)

x C