Wednesday, 16 January 2019

New blog discovery

Mornin' all...

...just a quickie today as I'm up to my eyes (again!).

I've discovered a new blog called "The Craft Sessions"

..and have added it to my blog sidebar along with the others.

Well worth a read for anyone out there who makes stuff....

Written by Felicia, who says of her blog...

"This blog is about celebrating the connection between hand-making and our well-being. These posts aim to foster a love of hand-making and discuss the ways traditional domestic handcrafts have meaning and context in our everyday lives. "



x C


Please....have a look....

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Colour fix...printing...and stitching...

So...

...out we went in the cold...

...for a very welcome "colour-fix" at Doughty's in Hereford.

I have never been to their Fabric Warehouse before...

...but, I can assure you...

...I WILL be going again!!! :-)

Yesterday I cut some strips of my lovely batik purchases...

...and got some kit-printing done.




I've ironed on some Bondaweb and will begin trimming later on today.


I've also been doing a bit of stitching on some previously printed pieces...

...samples for my shows in France (that will be upon me before I can say "Winkie"!!)




I love the bright colours in this one...

...reds and jade greens....

...mmmmmmm...

x C

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Welcome 2019!

I have no idea what this year will bring...

...with all this "B" stuff going on...

...but to give myself a positive take on 2019 I have indulged in this...

Modern Folk Embroidery's "Stitch-a-Long" beginning with January (available now).

Why don't you join in too!?




I love that it is entitled "Hope"...

...we surely need rather a lot of that right now!!

The finished piece will be quite a size...



...but, as it will be done in 12 little pieces, it won't feel like a never-ending journey!

I'm sure that many others will be joining in as they did last year for SAL 2018 :-)

Yes....yes...I know....haven't I got enough to do already??!!

Yes, I have....but, those of you who've known me for a while...

....know that I looooooove stitching red cross stitch!!

Plus....someone else has done the work of designing it, so I can simply sit and stitch. Bliss!

Thanks Jacob for a very promising adventure with a blunt needle

x C

Monday, 17 December 2018

Pots of goodies....and Trees

I got some lovely little cotton pots in Broadway....

...and the largest one is just right to hold my newly dyed silk threads...

...carefully wound onto paper straws. :-)

(I don't use the plastic ones any more....although they are a LOT cheaper than paper ones!! Why??!)


I've dyed these in colours to match my latest printing projects...

...those will be a New Year "Show & Tell" I think.





In Cirencester I found this delightful little book...




...and here's a flavour of the contents...




Just perfect reading for when I am about to do some tree prints....




Keep warm lovely people.

xC

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Christmas treat in the Cotswolds!

We've just got back from an absolutely delightful week in the Cotswolds...

...our little "Christmas Treat" to ourselves...

...a little bit of time away in our Rosa-van...

...before hunkering down for the winter. :-)

I had a lovely Saturday afternoon as a guest of the Cotswold Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild...

...joining them for their Christmas Social.

There were, of course, goodies on sale...

...and I came away with this glorious little tin of silk threads! HAPPY BUNNY!!!





I also indulged at Oakshott fabrics when they had their open days...

...coming away with these wonderful bundles.






i have such colourful plans for them!! :-)

And just in case you were wondering...

...at a flea market in Cirencester...

...I came across this lovely old book - The Girls' Own...

...with it's hundreds of woodcuts/etchings...









I don't know yet what they will be used for...

...but their purpose will reveal itself eventually!

Now I'm switching on the sewing machine for some meditative stitching.....

x C

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Medieval Tile stitching at Busy Bees

What an absolutely wonderful day of stitching...

...at Busy Bees, Newport!!

11 lovely ladies (plus moi)...

...with a day of nothing but stitching, chatter and companionship in front of us...

...producing these little bits of precious-ness! :-)












We all had a great time...

...and I can't wait to be back there in February for my "Gelli Plate" workshop!!

Thanks to Anne and Becky for arranging it all x x

C

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Candle Band #4

...the last one for now...






...but I'll be preparing loads of backgrounds to go into kits...

x C