Thursday, 25 May 2017

Hobbling around and doing a bit....

It's sore!

...and I'm hobbling around like I-don't-know-what...

...but, after a couple of days of feeling really groggy...

...I've managed to get my head into some sort of gear and get some bits done.

I've been offered gallery space at this year's West Country Quilt & Textile Show...

...so I'll be doing workshops too.

Here are a couple of my samples.....

...this can be either a needlecase or a notebook.

A medieval tile design printed onto hand-dyed cotton...

...stitched and beaded.



Postie brought me an Ebay win this morning...

...a delightful old book on butterflies that has the most beautiful colour plates!








These will be just the thing for some collage pieces...

...after they've been scanned, printed and cut out. :-)

And...

....in addition to all of this...

...my reading material for the next few days before our picnic visit to St. Mary's Church, Kempley, Glos.

(Have a look at these links - English Heritage; BritainExpress; 360 virtual tour.




Apart from a gammy knee...

...life is quite good!

x C

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Multi-tasking...

I'm trying to get a number of things underway before I have some surgery on my knee on Friday.

It may be a bit difficult to move around for a few days afterwards, so if the groundwork is done...

...it will be easier to carry on (hopefully!).

I'm cutting more hexagons for my patchwork piece....

...this is for me to take in with me to help pass the time...

...my jobby is 6 out of 7 on the list so it will seem like a very long day (have to be in there for 7 am).

Hexagons don't require any brain activity - just stitch and join....stitch and join...

You never know it might even get finished this year!! :-)


Love these purple shades...

...and afterwards the embroidery bit...


Also done is a page for another Japanese-inspired little book...

...using a lovely Sweet Poppy stencil and some very fine glitter powder...

(Don't know if you can get the glittery bit from these photos)



Aren't they delish.....

And, again, I've been delving back into the past...

...this time in the Departmental Archives of the Morbihan where we used to live.

The Napoleonic land survey was done in 1812...

...and this is the bit with my hamlet and house on!


I feel a bit of stitching coming on......



Finally...the mess that is my worktable...

...playing around with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals....

...making a few vintage-looking blooms for one of the projects in the book I'm working on...



Please keep everything crossed for me on Friday...

...I'm really not looking forward to it all, but if it means almost two years of pain is over...

...it'll be worth it!

x C

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Cardiff Quilters Exhibition. - going into production...

I'm struggling to find things to show on here right now...

...as most of what is going on in the background is to do with a couple of books that will be published either at the end of 2017 or into 2018.

However....

...my quilting group Cardiff Quilters is celebrating it's 25th birthday this year...

...and we are holding an exhibition at Ararat Baptist Church on the 29th July.

Here's the Quilters' Guild notice if anyone is interested.

There's going to be a Tombola, Raffle and a Sales Table along with some traders.....

...so I'm in production with some handmade notebooks/sketchbooks for the event.

Each one will have a machine-stitched Sashiko square on the front cover...

...which will be made of some of my special "leather paper" dyed specially in a shade of pale blue.




I'll make the pages out of fairly heavy paper so that they'll stand up to collage etc.

I'm hoping to get quite a few done...

...plus a few other bits and pieces too.

Once these are all finished I'll get onto some Tombola gifts...

Try to call by if you can...

...it'll be a great day. :-)

x C

Monday, 1 May 2017

"Vieux Berry" - 37 photos!!

So here it is...

...almost finished.

(I've left a few gaps here and there to fill up with some extra bits and pieces ....

...as and when.

The cover has a photo of Rameau with his many Vielles a Roues hanging on the wall.

(There's a festival of "Luthiers" every year just outside of La Chatre link here.
...and a YouTube video from one event if you're interested.)


Inside the front cover are some pages from the "Celestine" book...
....and introduction to the story...



...and the next couple of pages have a couple of her marriage proposals on...
...with some die-cut hearts to add a little "emotion"...




The next 4 images are of pages that have old photos of local people & places....






...followed by a few pages with old photos of Chassignolles...

...the village where Celestine was born and grew up...






The clogs in the bottom one are a reminder that the main business in the village at the time of her birth...

...was clog-making,

The next section focuses on George Sand...

...local writer and celebrity who lived just outside La Chatre in the chateau that now holds the music festival mentioned above...





...and then more images of old La Chatre and it's businesses and people.





This page has a piece of cotton lace that I bought in the town when I was there...





The final section goes back to the medieval times of the Ducs du Berry.

This pocket holds a small book with one of the Duc's poems and pictures from "Les Tres Riches Heures de Duc du Berry". A magnificent illuminated manuscript made by the Limberg brothers from the Netherlands.

Here's a link to another YouTube video - a superb documentary about the brothers and the illuminated manuscript. Watch it if you can!!











More pages devoted to Les Tres Riches Heures...









This page has a pocket holding a set of miniature images from each month of the "Heures"






Inside the back cover is the final chapter of "Celestine...




...and on the outside is a map of the old region of the Berry.




I hope you have enjoyed your little journey into my creative world...

x C