Saturday, 6 February 2016

Winter weather = Red stitching

I was reading Penny's blog post just now...

...about hibernating critters...

...and how us humans behave a bit differently at this time of year...

Well, I suppose I am inclined to stay a-bed for a little while longer in the mornings...

...but what I've noticed for quite some years now...

...is that as soon as I feel winter coming in...

...I want to stitch red!

I have two pieces on the go at the minute...

...the larger one is a chart by Black Phoebe Designs...

...called "World Tree".

I couldn't resist it! :-)



The smaller one is based on a piece of Slovakian embroidery...

...and also has stags on, but more stylized.




I don't know what exactly it is about this red cross-stitching thingy...

...but it makes me feel all comfy, cosy and contented.

Hope you can find something that makes you feel the same...

x C

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Playing with Brusho

Many thanks to everyone who left such nice comments on my previous post. They really are much appreciated!

I'm very pleased to be able to tell you that I have ANOTHER project in the next issue of STITCH too :-)

...although it will be the last one for a while...

...as I have other things to do right now.

Including having lots and lots of PLAYTIME!!!

I got a project off to Empress Mills yesterday...

...so keep your eyes peeled for a freebie project/tuto in Charles' Newsletter sometime :-)

It's the first of a little series of three - with a Japanese theme.

To have free access, all you have to do is sign-up HERE ...... and it'll pop into your inbox.

Those of you that already have signed-up will know that I did an article on using BRUSHO on fabric a little while back.

...and you can still access that HERE....

But today, I'm using Brusho Acrylic Shimmer Sprays on high gloss card as I need some die cuts for one of my "Lavender & Lace" projects.

This card behaves differently from standard copy paper...

...the background colour soaks in and colours the card...

...while the mica pigments form a globule/watery pattern on the surface.

I love the effect of Shimmering Purple!



I then used some matt card...

...and a few different sprays...


See the difference?

They all have a place in my workroom, but the stash is getting taller and taller!!

Now, I don't go in for "dissing"...

...and I certainly won't name names....

...but I also used another brand of spray on the gloss card.


It looked lovely just lying there...

...but when I stroked it...

...YES!!! I admit to a little bit of stroking of materials now and again!....

...the mica particles came off on my fingers - you can see the results in the piccie.

By the time I had put it through the Big Shot and poked out all the little bits...

...my hands were covered in mica dust.....and the card was simply....pink.

I'll still use the die-cut....but won't use that particular spray again on gloss card. :-o


(If you're wondering WHY? the difference.....it's because the Brusho brand is an ACRYLIC based product and the acrylic helps to keep the mica on the surface. This is why you can use it on fabric and it's a little more "fast" than simply Brusho powders.)

Here are some of my die-cuts from this morning...




I'm off to have some more fun...

Have some yourselves too!!

x C

Friday, 29 January 2016

Ta Da! African Inspirations Notebook in STITCH magazine :-)

Even after all this time...

...I still feel very proud when I have an article published. :-)

My "African Inspirations" notebook project is on page 20 of the current issue (99) of STITCH.




I used some more of Empress Mills' wonderful Copper metallic thread...

...along with their Klona Cotton (Black) and some other bits too.

(They are SO useful!!)

The Khadi block came from Colourcraft...

...as did the Markal Paintstiks and stencil film.

I also feel privileged to be able to work with Empress and Colourcraft...

...they are both lovely family companies...

...and have warm, beating hearts.


They have both taken me into their folds...

...which is really nice for someone who has no immediate family left.

I'm quite happy to be adopted as a "second Mother" to Laura...

...and a "God-knows-what" to Charles!! :-o

(Something that's black and white and shuffles around in snow???....)


Feeling sentimental today....

x C

Friday, 22 January 2016

Apologizing.....Sorting....and looking forward to some serious PLAYTIME!

First of all ......APOLOGIES...

...to all my blog friends out there who may have noticed that they haven't had any comments from me for a while.

I have tried...honest!!

...but since my last lappy died...and the Man set up my new one....

...something has gone "missing" and I CANNOT leave any comments on anyone's blog except my own!

I've tried "Google Account" - Name/URL.....and even Anonymous...but to no avail.

IT WON'T LET ME COMMENT!!! Grrrrr!

My own blog doesn't even register that I've logged in ...and I have to keep going behind the scenes to get to change anything or do a new post?!

Anyone got any ideas? They would be most welcome I can tell you!!

Meanwhile...I'd like to let you know that I am visiting your lovely blogs....

...I'm just invisible at the moment. :-(


Now that my big project is in someone else's hands I have started to sort out the mess in my workroom.

Boxes with stuff that probably won't get used again have been weeded to make some room....

...and it's amazing what you re-discover when excavating!!

Loads and loads of handmade printblocks from years ago!!!

Still Yummy...






I had such fun creating these...

...and even more fun using them in workshops....

...and as I came back from Colourcraft with loads of paint and other arty-farty goodies...

....maybe I will get to using them again sometime this year...

...when I give myself some SERIOUS playtime!! :-)))))

x C



Wednesday, 13 January 2016

All done!

Well...

...thats it all done....

...except for a few final photo shots.

I'm off up to Sheffield to Colourcraft on Friday to tie up final ends before the book goes to the printers.

It should be available next month - at the CHSI STITCHES show at the NEC.

It's been a good journey...

...and I've met a few characters along the way :-)




Made out of some scraps of Dupion Silk  fabric...

 dyed with Dytek Liquid Dyes....

(These are a spin-off from one of the projects in the book.)


Now I have to clear the decks in my workroom...

...ready to begin the next projects.

x C

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Doing what I love every day.....

It still feels a bit like the end of Summer outside...

...I'm having to turn off the central heating during the day...

...it's far too warm with it on...

...and my "personal summer moments" aren't helping matters!!

Things are progressing in leaps and bounds...

...the book for Colourcraft is in the very last stages and should be in print next month. :-)

This is the last stitched sample on the machine this morning...

...a piece of Empress Mills Egyptian Cotton dyed with "Dytek Liquid Dyes" ...

...then stencilled with Markal Paintstiks and finally stitched with Empress Mills lovely (non-snapping!!!) metallic threads. 






This is the sign on my workroom door...

...new for 2016...





I DO!!! :-)

...hope you do too...

x C

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!!

 I wanted to make sure that I did a blog-post on the very first day of 2016.....

.......and will try to post a bit more regularly than I did in 2015!! :-o


As I said back in December, I have had to make some decisions and choices....

...and, that being done, I can now look forward to the rest of the year without the stress that I would otherwise have had.

I have received some very supportive emails from some very dear friends both in the UK and further afield.You know who you are and I love you all!! X

I have made some plans too...

(for 2017)

...a new body of (exhibition) work to be accompanied by a book.

The subject area (very close to my heart) is, of course, OLD ....... and WEIRD!!

I will give snippets when I can....

Nuff said....

...here are the piccies I promised.

My latest finished tri-fold book....

...Laurel Burch Embracing Horses...










I have had these fabric panels in my stash for quite some time and it feels really good to have used them at last!

...and the colours make my heart glad :-)))))

Love to you all.....

x C