Friday, 26 September 2014

Medieval glitz!

I've managed to get a few hours of beading done over the last couple of days....

...and am very pleased with the results so far!!

Here are some of the Medieval Tri-Fold Book samples  for my Arts Alive workshop on the 1st & 2nd November.

Remember that chequered piece made from the bits rescued from the bin?....

....I've now beaded the intersections and put some tiny rhinestones in the middle of the punched-out designs.




I also decided to "distress" a Markal tile piece....

...but with gold leaf and beads!




My prancing critter got blinged-up with some couched gold braid....




...and I've now got some prepared tissue ready to go with some gold foiling done.



I'm sure that Medieval times were very, very stinky, dirty, difficult and uncomfortable....

....but MY take on the period is one of absolute opulence!!

Artistic licence.....:-)

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Home and Happy!!

Well....

...it seems like I haven't been in my workroom for absolutely AGES!

But...

...we had a wonderful break away....

...and I thoroughly enjoyed my workshops and talk (even though my slideshow fell apart a bit!)

You've already seen photos of the workshop at Aberystwyth....

...so here are piccies from my lovely day with the Wirral Embroiderer's Guild.

They had opted for a printing day....

...and, boy, did they print!! :-)




They threw themselves into pots and pots of paint...

...getting wonderfully filthy....

...and produced some gorgeous colour combos.








 Sheets of delightful spears...




...and other bits and bobs....




Good job it was a fine day.....so that the foam blocks could dry outside after being washed.




Even the foam sheets from underneath turned into veritable works of art.




The last hour of the day was spent at sewing machines....

....but I have to wait for photos of finished pieces (as so much time was spent having fun with paint that there was very little time left for anything else!).

Thank you SO much for inviting me ladies...

...I loved every minute of your company!! :-)))))

x C

ps....... I'm sorry if I haven't responded to emails or comments lately, but my wifi connection was a tad sporadic while I was away. I'll try to catch up now that I'm home for a while....

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A little play.......a little work.....

Yes, I know! I haven't been keeping up with my bloggy stuff again....

...but I've been a tad busy, with a little bit of play (well, quite a lot of play actually!)...

...and a bit of work that was very enjoyable indeedy!

We've been Gladdyvanning in Snowdonia for the last two weeks and have managed to visit a number of places that had been on my "1001 places to visit/things to do before I die" list.

The first one was a visit to Portmeirion....





Quite a bonkers little place....but absolutely beautiful...and such lovely weather too!

The following day we went through Beddgelert, where we just HAD to stop for refreshments by the lovely old bridge....





 ...then crossed over a not-so-old bridge onto Ynys Mon (Anglesey).....



...to visit THIS



Bryn Celli Ddu....a neolithic chamber tomb. Mmmmmmmmm......another one crossed off the list (along with Barclodiad-Y-Gawres further on around the coast).

After a few more days of wandering around some of the most spectacular countryside.....

...I had my first bit of "work" with the delightful "Aberystwyth Stitchers"....

...with whom I had a thoroughly enjoyable day offering a helping hand while they made some "Lavender and Lace" panels!










And here they are....smiling widely behind a table covered with their gorgeous stitching.

Well done ladies.....I'm looking forward to coming back!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Medieval and recycling playtime!!

I'm having SO much fun playing around with the Medieval theme for my Arts Alive workshop 1st and 2nd November!!

After assembling stacks of prepared papers...

...I have been trying out different effects with Brusho Sprays....

....and gilding foils.



Now...

"Yes" ...I am using Brusho sprayed papers for some things.....

...but yesterday....

....I pulled out my large sheets of "rubbish" paper that is used underneath sheets when I'm using sprays.

They are all metallic on the front - after using a lot of metallic Brusho....

...and have the most interesting splodges on the back where colour has bled through!





This is just grey-brown sugar paper type stuff - sold for going underneath cord carpet or something. I got the roll in B&Q years ago for a few pounds and am still using it because the more overspray you get on it....the better it looks!!

I also fished out the Big Shot and some Spellbinders dies....

...and cut out LOADS of these little pieces.



First of all I threw these in the bin...





...but then changed my mind and fished them out again.

And, after a bit of thinking...

...I used a deckle-edge scissors...

...and stuck them onto my foiled paper.

They look like Medieval floor tiles! Wehey!!



The little pieces were then stuck to the back cover of the tri-fold book I'm working on...



Really pleased with my efforts!!

Have a good weekend...

x C

Thursday, 28 August 2014

In between times ....again!

Well....

...since I got back from Festival of Quilts I've hardly stopped to take a breath...

...what with bits and bobs to finish off...

......three magazine articles to write and post....

...and stuff to ready for packing in the van for workshops in Aberystwyth and Wirral in September!

I don't feel that I've settled back into domestic life before I have to become a gypsy again :-o

Ne'er mind...

....articles are away...

...spare room is full of stuff to go away...

...and I can now begin to think about prepping some samples for my "Medieval Tile" Workshop days at Arts Alive on 1st & 2nd November....

...and my "Winter Solstice" workshop days on 5th & 6th December :-)

I've already begun with the tile theme and have been experimenting with some new stencil film.

(I've cut these with a hot iron and fine tip.)

The first one is stenciled onto Brusho-prepared tissue with Markal Paintstiks (from Colourcraft)












The bottom four are done onto Empress Egyptian cotton that's been dyed with Procion dyes then sprayed with Brusho Acrylic Mist Sprays (Colourcraft again!)

I've prepped more tissue and "leather paper" ....

...but have a few more stencils to cut.

Hey Ho! What fun is life!!

x C

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Long time.....no bloggy!!

Really sorry for the long absence.....

...but we flitted away to Frogland in order to visit a town called GRAY.....

...a delightful little town on the Saone in Franch Compte :-)

Well....

...it would have been rude not to wouldn't it?



we had some lovely days visiting Dijon, Besancon, Dole......

...and a beautiful little village called Pesmes.

(We always manage to find at least ONE little gem on our travels!!)




we got back to the UK just in time to drive straight to Birmingham for Festival of quilts...

...where I had a wonderful time...

...and met LOTS of wonderful people again!!

Workshop was brilliant...

...and I spent a glorious four days playing on Colourcraft's stand :-)

An added bonus too.....

....I have my "Chemanthy" panel in the current issue of "Stitch" magazine!





WeyHey!!

Now...

....head down....

...write...

...write...

...write......

Two project articles and a "Sketch to Stitch" to be done by Sept 1st  :-o

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Goddess, Runes and Winter Trees...

I've been asked to come up with an "alternative" "Winter Celebration" workshop for the festive season at Arts Alive in Crickhowell to take place on the first weekend in December.

So...

...I've decided on a mixture of "Winter Trees", "Goddess" and "Runes"





Maybe we can make some little "amulet books" with the rune blocks....



......or something else.....

...who knows......

:-)