Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Last post of 2014 (probably!).....

I've been VERY tardy with blog posts this year...

...but time has done it's wierdy stuff again and left me scrabbling on more occasions than I care to mention!

I promise to TRY to do better next year :-o

For now though....

...I'm taking a break...

...but will leave you with my final bit of publication in 2014.

Some of you may have had this already...

...but for those that haven't...

...my "Sketch to Stitch" article, plus "Earth Spirit" project is in the current issue of STITCH magazine.

I had SO much positive feedback at Harrogate...

...which made me very happy because I wasn't too sure if it would be a bit too "strange" for some folk!

But, it seems that I needn't have worried, and I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of those who came to my stand and were so kind!! :-)

Some piccies for those who don't have the mag (yet!)








...and my little book got a mention and a review too!

We have been inundated with book orders since the magazine came out :-)))))

Thanks to everyone who has bought one!




I have had a very busy, but amazing year....

...meeting loads of wonderful people....

...and doing what I love!

I hope that you can say as much.

I'd like to wish all of you a great Festive Season...

...and a creative, productive, but most of all happy and healthy 2015.

Lots of love...

x C

Monday, 8 December 2014

a Wonderful Winter Solstice Weekend!! (Picture heavy!)

Be warned....

...there are loads of piccies....

....but not TOO much talking (here that is...not over the weekend....we didn't stop!!)

We had a wonderful weekend at Arts Alive in Crickhowell...

....Kirsty, Jules, Catherine, Judith, Jan, Bridie, Pauline...and Moi!

Throwing paint and Brusho around like there was going to be no Monday.....

....and covering as many bits of paper and fabric...

...with as many things as we could!

The Markal Painstiks and stencils were VERY popular indeed. :-))

...and, of course, the wooden blocks from Colouricious.

Here is the evidence...
























Such glorious pieces....

....so many things yet to finish!!! :-)

(See some of you Chez Nous on Friday. .....there WILL be cakes!)

x C

p.s. ...and I'll try to remember the roll of paper Pauline :-o

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Winter Wonders

I've been putting the finishing touches to some more samples for my "Winter Solstice" workshop at Arts Alive this coming weekend.

I'm thoroughly looking forward to having a wonderful time with a total of 10 ladies....

...who will be joining me to make somethings like these.


Winter Birch brooches....

...using stencils and Markal Paint Stiks from Colourcraft.






...and some delightful bare winter tree stitched pieces...




...using the most beautiful wooden block from Colouricious!

(Only one of a number actually!)




I've also made a couple of folded/wrapped books...



...one being an "amulet" to protect the home...

...using Viking runes...





...and another with part of a winter poem "Lux Aeterna" by Lassi Nummi

(Thanks to Donald Adamson for the poem in full and to Alison Burns for the shortened version. which my choir have sung on many occasions!)




I have other plans for part of this text too...

...if I can fit it in tomorrow! :-o


Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Harrogate Hoard...

Oh...

...what a glorious show!!

I had a really super time...

...meeting friends both old and new...

...had two days of happy workshopping...

...and birthday cake to boot! :-)

And the title?.....

Well, this is my Harrogate Hoard...

treasures from Oliver Twists and 21st Century Yarns.




...glorious colours...

...for glorious purposes.

Can you see Africa and Mexico in there anywhere? ;-)))

Thanks to everyone who came and had a chat.

Looking forward to meeting up with you again when I come to do workshops/talks with you!

Pssssssssssssssstt!

I've got my Christmas Candle Cuff project in Sewing World this month too!



Have a good week...

x C

Friday, 14 November 2014

A Tale of Two Workshops....

It's been busy, busy....BUSY around here!

It feels like I haven't stopped for weeks....and I can't stop yet either!

But...I do have some finished pieces....

...and therefore some pictures to show :-)

First of all, the sample Tri-Fold Petroglyph Book for my workshops at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show next week...











I have spent HOURS making all the parts, printing text and notes,  and making this sample....

...I hope the participants will enjoy themselves on Thursday (3.30) and Sunday (1.30)

Maybe I'll see some of you there. I'm on Stand TG137 in the Textile Gallery!

OK

Workshop number 2 is my Winter Solstice at Arts Alive Crickhowell.

I've prepared plenty of examples and samples for this workshop taking place in Crickhowell on the 6th & 7th December. It will be such fun...the same as the last one!!

Here's a Markal Stencil that has been stitched with metallic thread...



....a lovely bunch of Colouricious wooden print blocks to play with....




...a boxful of rune print blocks....

...hand-carved by MOI! :-)




...and this little rune book has been made using lino blocks run through my little Italian litho-press.




It'll be possible for folk to make bags, coasters, calendars, cards, blessing books, and all sorts of lovely things for an alternative Winter Celebration!

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