Sunday, 8 December 2019

A little "artistic license"

Every so often you come across the work of someone...

...that inspires you so much that you simply MUST "do something" about it!

Have a look at this...the FB page of Arseniy Lapin.

A Northern person....he makes amazing sculptures and paints/draws beautiful images.

A couple of days ago he posted a couple of really sweet "steampunk-style" sculptures...

...that I fell in love with. Of course, they were "not for sale"!!

So...

...I looked at the photo...

....got out a Sharpie marker...

...and did my "thing" with it.

Not a copy......but inspired by.

It has ended up on a piece of calico...

...and I started the punchneedle work yesterday evening.

W.I.P.




Enjoying this!!

Have a great Sunday folks.

x C

Monday, 2 December 2019

Almanac 2020......sorted

...and a few letters ready to work with too!

Apart from having a beautiful picture on the front cover...

...the Almanac is extremely useful...

...stuffed with all sorts of info to keep you informed....and warned....for the whole year.

Mine shall live on my work-desk, close to hand.

Consider one for yourself maybe?

As a wee treat...




x C

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Brooch workshop at The Wool Croft

If you ever go to Abergavenny...

...and haven't already found "The Wool Croft" (now in Nevill Street)...

...then it should be on your "To Do" list!!

It is a little haven of Hygge...

...with loads of lovely yarns, threads, fabrics and other bits...

...and they do workshops...

...one of which was mine...yesterday. :-)

We had a wonderful time...

...and some lovely stitching was done...

...by three people who declared that they were not stitchers!!

Ha! I loooooove a challenge!!

Well done everyone.

Hope to see you in January for Sashiko stitching.










Have a great week peeps...

x C

Monday, 11 November 2019

Another little bit of RED stitching......

As you know...

...I do love stitching red.

And...

...red stitching mixed with northern European designs...

...really floats my boat!

This little panel took ages to do...

...and the piece is still not finished.

But.....it will be beautiful...

...and I will always enjoy the journey :-)




Have a creative week folks...

x  c

Monday, 4 November 2019

Last year's Christmas punchneedle panel........Finished!!

I started this one over a year ago...

...intending it to be done by Christmas 2018.

Ha!

The best laid plans of mice and women eh??!!

It is now completed...

...AND I have a frame ready to house it. :-)


I love the story....

...and thoroughly enjoyed working it.

(Taken from a pattern by Brenda Gervais)

It's coming folks....

...it's coming.

x C

Monday, 28 October 2019

Getting back into the groove

We've had a couple of weeks away...

...Faroe Islands, Iceland, Belfast & Dublin...

...taking life a little bit easier on the good ship MS Magellan.

Back home now and getting things in order for a project that is up and coming.

Again, I'm in my "Medieval Mode"...

...playing around with some Romanesque carvings that I found in France...



I start with water-soluble pencils...





...then go in with a very fine-liner to add shading and detail...






I am indeed a happy bunny!! :-)

More to follow over the next few days...

x C

Saturday, 12 October 2019

A scissor-keeper and some little books.....

I've given myself a bit of "playtime"...

...and made a scissor-keeper (that doubles as a small pin-cushion)...

....plus a couple of small books made with my "leather paper" trimmings.





The scissor-keeper is on black felt with embroidery around a small piece of printed fabric. I used the same felt on the back and lightly stuffed it so it can double as a pin-cushion.





The two small books are made out of off-cuts of "leather paper" distressed with walnut stain. Just a simple three-hole bind with waxed linen makes them perfect to pop in my travel bag ready to be filled with......who-knows-what!!

I did the "leather paper" in the laundry machine with a very light dose of brown dye and when it had dried I sprayed it with some bistre powder that I had found in France.
I think the distressed edges set it off.

Have a great weekend peeps......

x C