Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Enticing Lollipops....with sparkles!

Thanks to Penny and Hilary for the title inspiration...




They look more like sweeties now though...

x c

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A bit of a bead-thing going on!!

I've got a few workshops coming up...

...so I've begun to replenish my "lava-bead" stocks :-)

Just the beginning...





x C

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Moving on....and starting something new...

I've been feeling pretty-bloody-awful over the last few days...

...and haven't been able to focus/concentrate because of "things"...

...but, despite the fact that I still feel like I've been punched in the guts...

...it's in my own interest to get-the-hell on with other things that have more immediate importance to me.

So...

.....the moving on bit of the title is with my Hmong (de-coloured) book...

...with the decoration of pages now in progress...



And the starting of something new part...

...is one of the punchneedle panels in a new book to be entitled "Homespun".





I'm sticking to traditional patterns...

...and working in a single-twisted fine Geelong lambswool yarn (that i work very close indeed).



With so much uncertainty buzzing around at the moment...

...it feels good to have some things remain exactly the same as they have for a long time :-)

Hope you all have a good week...

x C

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sashiko stitching in Cardiff

Saturday was a day of Sashiko Stitching with Cardiff Quilters...

...and what a lovely day it was too!

Lots of gorgeous bits of white-on-blue stitching...

...using Empress Mills' Klona Cotton and machine Sashiko Thread...

...mostly machine, but some by hand...





Lots of patterns drawn out...







...samples done...




...and tea drunk.






I made up some Genmaicha tea bags for everyone so that they could drink Japanese tea while doing Japanese stitching!




It was a lovely day!

Thanks ladies.

x C

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Pattern Printing Party in the Post!!

Looky looky...

...at what the postie-man brought today!!

My new blocks from Colouricious! YAY!!

I have a veritable book-full of ideas for these beautiful "Ethnic Pattern" blocks...





Can't wait to get party-ing :-)))))

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Teeny Tiny coins...

...have been stitched into the corners of each of the completed Hmong panels.

I got them as charms, so they came with little hanging loops...

...that I really didn't like, so I cut them off and sanded down the raw metal bits that were left!





I've sprayed the book and box papers with Brusho Sprays...




Now all I have to do is decorate around the pages...

...and make up the box :-)

(It'll have to wait a few days as I'm preparing for my Sashiko Workshop with Cardiff Quilters on Saturday!)

x C

Friday, 10 June 2016

Oh Yes!!

After many hours of neck-breaking stitching...threading through...and tying off...

...the final book panel is done!

I am Soooooooooo pleased with it too! :-)))




And if one wasn't enough.....

...I've just started a second panel to go on the box cover!

Someone has already called me a "masochist" ...

...and another has suggested that it might keep me out of mischief :-)

Fat chance!

Thanks for your comments ...Cat and Tessa

x C