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

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Mandala...mandala......mandala...

I've gone through 4 full bobbins and a whole spool of metallic thread over the last few days...

...having fun machining the printed areas on these mandala pieces.

I got these beautiful print blocks from Jaime at Colouricious...

...who kindly gave them to me and told me to "have fun" with them.

Well.....I have...and THANK YOU!! :-) xxxxx








They are all printed onto a Moda batik fabric...

...and stitched with Madeira thread.

I have a load of Oliver Twists silk threads to do the hand stitching. Yum Yum

Have a great week

x C

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Inspired by Japan

....in Wensleydale!

I had an email today from one of the participants in my workshop at Harmby.

All I can say is WOW!!!









Well done Norma....so proud of you!!

x C

Monday, 26 August 2019

Belle d'Alsace

I've named her "Belle"...

...simply because she is beautiful!!

I found her lying, discarded in a basket at an Emmaus...

...and bought her, along with a few others, for 2 Euros.

She was looking a bit "down-at-heel" bless her...





Her clothes were stiff and shoddy.

Her hair was.....

....having a "bad-hair-day".

So...

....I set to work with some sparkly hexies...

...and turned her into "Belle".







She is my little darling from Alsace...

...and doubles as a place to keep my embroidery scissors, pins and needles. :-)

Very pleased I am.

(...and I think she is too!)

x C