Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Post before going....

I thought that I'd better get my act together and do another blog post before I take off north...

...to do some talks and workshops in York and West Bridgeford.

I have been doing quite a lot of stuff here...

...but some have to stay firmly under wraps (for now anyway)....sorry!

I can show you some pages from my Medieval Tile Tri-fold book though...

(This is the one that folk will be working on in my workshop here in May ...which is now full up :-)

So here goes...





I'll show a few more when I come back :-)

I always struggle to decide what "things to do" to take with me when I go away!

This time I'm away for 2 weeks...

...in a caravan on my own...

...so I will definitely need to be occupied!

I've been thinking about doing a small book on my "Lavender & Lace" theme for a little while now...

...so I've packed a box of goodies...

...rubber stamps...

...fabrics...

...laces...

...ephemera...

etc to help me while away my evening times.

I'll show a bit of that later too...

Right!

Time to sort out all the fabrics, threads, yarns and printblocks for the two workshops!

x C

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Learn to READ!!!!! (Warning...lots of piccies!)

How many times have I told children to...

..."Read ALL of the paper BEFORE starting"?!!

Hmmmpff!

Well...

...I posted a little while ago and said that I was signed-up for the QG Journal Quilt Challenge for 2015...

...and showed a few pieces that I'd stenciled and/or stitched.

WooHoo! Clever girl getting on so well with it all eh?

Hmmmpfffffffff!!

If I'd READ the instructions PROPERLY before starting...

...I would have known that the Journal Quilts have to be 6 inches by 12 inches...

...NOT 6 inches by 8 inches (as I THOUGHT I'd read).!!

So...

...the pieces that I'd already started have now had to go in to the UFO pile...

...and await their fate....

...while I have sorted out another piece of fabric...

...large enough to give me twelve 6" x 12" Journal Quilt front panels...

...and begun to stencil and stitch AGAIN!!

Hmmmpfffff!

This time though, I was a little more inventive with the stencils...

...and used more than one colour Markal.

I must say that I do prefer the results :-)




Some stitching done too....



Then...

...I'm going to have the most difficult job...

...to decide which pieces of gorgeous Japanese Kimono fabrics to use!!

(Got this little bundle from ebay :-)

























This bit below came as a Haori jacket, but I didn't like it when I tried it on...

...so I took it apart and now have a good few feet of delightful ikat fabric to play with!!




Finally...

...results of yo-yo maker-play!





Hope you're all having as much fun as I am :-)

x C

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Semamori stitching...

A little while ago I came across this posting on the Sri Threads blog...

....about a little book of stitched amulets....

...called SEMAMORI....

...usually found just under the collar on the back of kimono/jackets...

...for the protection of the wearer.

I immediately became very interested and began to search around for more information.

I found a few references and photos...

...but, not being a Japanese reader, I couldn't get an awful lot.

Then I came across an advert for a little book (in Japanese of course)...

...that had loads and loads of diagrams!! Yey!!

Luckily, I have a lovely friend...

...who has a lovely son who is married to a lovely Japanese lady...

...and they live in Japan...

...where they have access to Amazon.jp...

...and the Japanese postal system!

Within a week, said little book was on my desk...

...and I was able to get on and DO. :-)

First of all I did a small "sample" book along the lines of the one in the Sri Threads posting...

...bound with a piece of my "leather paper" and lovely red thread...




A different amulet on each page...










Then...

...I made a start another one of my tri-fold creations...

An amulet stitched onto another piece of specially dyed "leather paper" with sashiko patterns down either side....

(The cloth used to strengthen the folds of the book are strips of old kimono fabric. Isn't ebay wonderful!!)



Here's the little "insert" book to be stitched in...

(Same prepared "leather paper" cover)




...and different amulets on each page...






I still have a little way to go with this one...

...but I'd like to share an absolute joy with you...

I had a good session on ebay looking for Japanese fabrics and clothing...

...and sent for a number of Haori jackets.

The first one came and was beautiful...

...but the second one...

...a plain black one...

...had THIS stitched on the back!!



was I delighted or what!!? :-)))

x C

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Something I just had to do.....

This is the story.......


On Tuesday last (27th January)...

...as I sat (lumped) around the house feeling sorry for myself...

...because this damned little bug was rendering me useless...

...I went against my usual habits (of not putting on the tv during the day)...

...and opted to mong-out in front of the BBC News Channel for a while.

No "normal" kind of news that day though....

...rather hours of coverage of the events taking place at Auschwitz for

"Holocaust Memorial Day" 2015.

So, I thought "OK I'll watch for a while"...

...but have to admit that I wasn't particularly bothered to spend too much time doing so.

Then.....

...as I listened...

...I mean REALLY listened...

...especially to Meryl Streep's commentary on Steven Spielberg's film ...

...I became very, very still.

I watched the coverage to the end...

...and then looked in the Radio Times to see what else was happening that day...

...and found a number of programs relating to the same subject...

...which I also sat through.

Something happened...

...can't put it into words exactly....

...but I just KNEW that I HAD to "do something"...

...like ....NOW.

So, me being me....

...and doing what I do...

...I got on the internet and found loads and loads of information and photographs to sift through....

...while waiting for a tri-fold book base to dry.

A lot of info and images came from Wikipedia and Google Images...

...but I found YAD VASHEM most helpful.

(Their Facebook page is here.)

Yes, I know that I have used images from the internet...

...but I was doing this project for personal purpose.

It will never be for sale...

...and besides...

...I'm not really sure that I can agree with "copyright" on any of these photos.

They should belong to the world under the circumstances.

But I want to share the fruits of my labour here with you.....

...just because.....

...it was something I had to do...

...and it might inspire someone else to do a similar thing...

...although the subject matter may be very different.

I can't say "Enjoy".

...but I will say "take note"....

....and...

....watch Part 2 of "Shoah" on BBC 4 tonight if you can.

I had Part 1 on the IPlayer as I worked on finishing this book yesterday.

Four and a half hours of memories.

It made the whole thing "come alive" for me as I focussed on my task.




(Making this star made me feel quite uncomfortable. Thinking about those people that must have turned-out thousands and thousands of these "death sentences" for others to wear.)





It had to have a gate on the front cover....

"Arbeit macht frei" - "Work makes you free" was over the gates of all Nazi camps. The one at Auschwitz was the one I used here.

Apologies to any Hebrew readers out there...in case my lettering isn't perfect! It reads SHOAH - "catastrophe" - the name by which the Holocaust is known.





Striped camp clothing and number of prisoner. Coloured triangle marked out religious denomination. Yellow was for Jews.

(The number was plucked out of the air. I have no idea to whom it may have been assigned...nor do I intend to look. I want it to be "anyone" to me)








Map of the area....and camp plans


Pictures of prisoners. I used the ones that I found most poignant ...and ones with people looking straight at you through the lens of the camera. Connecting across the miles and years.












Not very good photos of the whole thing...





...finished off being tied together with shoe-laces...

You can probably guess why.....


I went to bed last night feeling that a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.

Strange how things take you (or make you) isn't it?....or not...


There it is.

C