Sunday, 8 January 2017

New design book for latest stuff!!

I'm working into my long, narrow KHADI book with drawings intended for (eventual) lino prints...

...but wanted a smaller, less formal one for scribbles, collage, ideas etc.

So, I got an 8" x 5" book from the Art Shop in Abergavenny...

...and collaged some medieval-looking bits on the front cover.




I may add something else on that brown mica-paper...

....but haven't come across "just the right thing" as yet!

It WILL turn up!! :-)

x C

Thursday, 5 January 2017

2017....and back to it!

Well HELLO lovely people!

I hope that you all had a wonderful festive season...

...got through the New Year celebrations...

...and are now back into your respective "grooves"!!

I had a very quiet time as is normal...

...and managed to get some bits during my little escape from "internet-land" :-)

A few more pages in my "Medieval Inspirations" design book (calling it a design book rather than sketchbook - more appropriate methinks)...

Beakheads found at Etton in E.Yorks. last July...

These are fairly new - appearing around the time of the Victorian renovation of the porch area...



...whereas these are 12th century originals from around the tower doorway.




I scanned and enlarged my drawings...

...then draw over the main lines with a Sharpie marker.



I use a lightbox to transfer the design onto fabric to be stitched.

(Fabric has been lightly sprayed with Brusho here..)




This one has been hand-stitched and painted...

...but although it looks ok-ish...it's way to thin and flimsy.



The next ones will have to be done with a more "lofty" wadding!

I cut my hands yesterday evening whilst freeing a roll of square-mesh to use as support.

Damned stuff sprung like a clock spring when it was released!!!!!

Pfffffff!!!!!!

Have a good week ...

x C

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Season's Greetings!

...to all of you out there in Blogland!

I'd like to wish everyone the best of all things...

...and a happy and healthy 2017.

My little helper in this endeavour is the "Yew Guardian"...

...associated with the Yew tree and particularly with the 21st of December.



Taking a bit of a computer break until January...

Lots of love

x C

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Letters from the North #3

That's the title of the cross stitch piece I've been working on over the last couple of weeks...

...and have now finished.





I got the pdf pattern from Modern Folk on Etsy....

...and I have several more to amuse myself with!!

Don't know which one I'll start next, but I'm not too worried about that right now...

...as I need to get out my water-soluble pencils and watercolour paints to work in my "Medieval Inspirations" sketchbook.

The ICHF show in March where I will be having a demo stand will be around very, VERY soon...

...and I don't want to put myself in the position of scrabbling around like crazy at the last minute.

So....

...new (and for me very exciting) work will now get under way. :-)

x C

Thursday, 8 December 2016

...more Hygge...

Crochet this time.

I've been having a bit of a turf-out and tidy-up over the last couple of weeks.

We've had the loft boarded for storage so a lot of stuff cluttering the place can be filed away out of sight!

There is also a skip outside which will be quite useful methinks.

anyway....back to the crochet...

I started these granny squares ages ago, then the basket that they live in got buried...

...but has now been excavated.

I've done a few more but there's still a looooooong way to go before the finished blanket gets onto the foot of the bed!

I love doing them...

...one...

...by...

...one...



x C

ps   bug seems to be over the worst now so, hopefully, a bit more can get done around here :-)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A time for a bit of "Hygge"

I don't know about you, but this world is feeling like a not-very-nice place right now.

Folk doing horrid things to others.....like bombing the guts out of an already shattered city...

...so that a power-crazed loony (with the help of his ruskie mate) can rule, absolutely over a broken land and people....

...picking on others because they don't happen to think the same/ feel the same/ look the same...

...or tearing countries and citizens apart en-route to an ever larger pot of money to be shared amongst a small number of men!

It all seems to be about POWER and MONEY.

"Black Friday" (for god's sakes!) lasting from Friday the 25th November to the 4th of December...

...yet ANOTHER scam to try and get MONEY out of folk.

Never-ending so-called "Sales" - is anyone REALLY taken in by this?!

Brexit......(I'm keeping quiet here as it's a sore point)

Approaching Trumpdom... (Can't comment here...he's not my eejit to comment upon)

...and everything else that's revolving around the whole stinking pile of crap!

I DON'T LIKE ANY OF IT!!

So....

...I'm adopting a bit of the Danish idea of Hygge.....difficult to translate (bit like the Welsh word "Hiraeth")..

...but taking it to mean things like comfort, homeliness, well-being, heart-warming and forgetting life's worries....

...and picking up my needle to "stitch things better".

It was good to hear both Kaffe Fasset and Jane Greenoff (on the Create and Craft Channel yesterday and today) talking about how the act of "creating" makes one feel better. It's an escape that doesn't hurt anyone else.....and does a body a LOT of good along the way.

I have said (and experienced personally) how stitching has literally saved my sanity (life even)...

...and now, when I'm down with a bug...

...and have a pair of knees that are causing me pain almost 24 hours a day...

...I'm turning inward and building contentment ...

...stitch...

...by...

...little...

...red...

...stitch.



x  C

Sunday, 4 December 2016

"Tribal" amulet neckpiece

This is a bit of a break-away for me...

...one idea that's been brewing for a while...

...but has only just found it's way into reality!

Indigo fabric printed with de-colourant and stitched with my favourite Empress Mills metallic thread.



The block was one of a set from Colouricious...

...and I shall be using a few more over the next couple of months I'm sure! :-)

Have a good weekend...

x C