Monday, 26 January 2015

Quilting progress......and some new toys!

Well...

...I've hardly managed to get anything done for the last week!

Damned bug dared to enter the Holy-of-Holies...

...crawl into my system...

...and render me totally useless!!

Bad enough to put me to bed even....

...and I can tell you truthfully....

...THAT doesn't happen very often!

Bloody critter!! Grrrrrrrr!

Still sniffing and stuffed-up, but at least no awful headaches,  joint pains and head-fug.

But...

...I have now done some metallic stitching on one of my Journal Quilt pieces.




The photo doesn't really do justice to the finish or the colour....

...but believe me it's lookin' good! :-)

NOTE:- For all of you machine stitchers out there who have had problems with metallic threads snapping...fouling-up...shredding etc then PLEASE get your metallics from Empress Mills! It is such a treat to be able to sit at the machine for hours and not have to keep constantly re-threading. You'll find the metallic page here. :-)

I have a few ideas in mind for the rest of the piece, but I think I'll need a couple more days to recover properly before attempting anything too intricate.

Eyes are still very dry and picky and the brain is functioning on only about 80%

I said in the last post that I would be using some of the pieces for a different project...

...one of my tri-folds...

...and I've decided to make use of some delightfully easy-to-use Clover Yo-Yo makers and some gorgeous Japanese fabrics to do a cover on one of them.

I think I can (just about) get my head around that today...

...so will show on my next posting.




Meanwhile...

...I've been nominated to take part in the ARTCHAIN thingy that's going all around Facebook right now.

Not been able to do anything about it for a few days as The Man has turned us over to Fibre-Optic Broadband and the internet has been a bit erratic. Also my Lappy that holds all my photos was having some senior moments, so I couldn't get to my piccies!

I'll have a good search through and attend to that posting....

...probably tomorrow...

...but I won't be nominating anyone as most of those that I would have selected have already been nabbed by someone else!

I like the idea though...

...really good to see lots of pieces of beautiful artwork from so many talented folk :-)

OK...

..I have to go blow my nose again...

...and apply some Aloe-Vera gel as it's getting sore!

Sorry!

...too much info?

x C

Monday, 19 January 2015

Looking.....and smelling good!!

The workroom smells wonderful today....

...wax (or oil) from the Markal Paintstik stencils...

...that are drying on the radiator!!

I'll enjoy the aroma until tomorrow...

...when I can iron them and then proceed with stitching :-)

And what am I doing I hear you ask...

...well...

....I have a bit of a "Japanese theme" going on...

Here's a bit of a flavour (in a purely pictorial sense of course!!)

Something tea related to go on the wall near my lovely Japanese tea set...




...some waves...





...one of a number of crests....





...and here's one I did earlier (cor...just like Blue Peter eh?)

...complete with metallic stitching!!




Some are for a tri-fold book that I've been working on for a little while now...

...and others are for the Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt Challenge 2015...

...for which I have signed up.

Yes....I KNOW....haven't I got ENOUGH on my plate for this year already??!!!

Boff!

x C

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Results ....and plans.....

Here are a few piccies of yesterday's Batik piece....

...sprayed...

...and "henna" applied. (I actually used some black fabric paint through a very fine henna applicator bottle)

I still have a lot of experimenting to do...

...and need a nice fine Tjanting tool!







I'm not too unhappy with my first foray results...

...although I do need to find a way of getting more of the wax out of the fabric...

...any advice out there?

I've used a Berber henna design here and will be continuing with this theme for a little while...

...not just on fabric with Batik techniques...

...but in some tri-fold books and other small sample pieces...

...as I'll be in North Africa on two cruises this year visiting Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

This morning I was lucky enough to find the MOST DELICIOUS paint colour to play with......... Moroccan Blue!

...watch this space!! :-)

x C

Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year......New Challenges!!

Well.....Happy New Year everyone!!

I hope that you have recovered sufficiently after your Festive Celebrations.....

...and are raring to go to meet 2015 head on!

OK...

...just take things easy then :-)

I'm really hoping to do a bit more blogging than I did last year...

...which was so hectic/busy that I don't quite know where it went!

Mind you, it looks like 2015 is going to be even busier...

...with some VERY EXCITING things going on. (Sorry....can't let any cats out of bags at the minute)

I can say for certain though, it's going to be a year for writing....

...and that means experimenting too...

...making all the samples and finished pieces to be photographed.

I also have a few workshops and a Summer School to prepare for...

...and three cruise stints over the next 15 months.

The miles will certainly be clocked up over this coming period!!

Our Christmas plans went badly awry though.

We had booked the ferry etc with the intention of sailing across to France on the 19th December....

...staying in Alsace over Christmas....

...and sailing back on New Year's Day.

However health issues dictated otherwise, although we were able to shift the ferry crossing for another date so didn't lose £200 :-)

Hey nonny no!!

The stay at home did work out quite well though...

...when I managed to get a couple of substantial pieces of writing done, so they're off the list for January at least...

...and I've made a start playing with some Colourcraft Liquid Batik Dyes for which I have been asked to write a small book for publication later in the year!

Here are a few piccies of my first attempts at batik wax...






Now...

...all I have to do is iron out the wax.....

......apply some fabric medium....

...spray with Brusho.....

...and finish with black detail!

Woo Hoo!!

x C


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