Thursday, 28 October 2010

..time to catch up at last!!..

It's been AGES since I spent any amount of time at this machine!...

(Sorry to you all for not visiting many blogs lately...but that should change from now
on!)

..but LOADS of other stuff has taken over for the past few weeks.

Mostly...

...three concert outings (with the organization, paperwork and people managing stress that goes with them!)...

..two throat/head cold bugs...nasty little blighters that followed each other rather too closely for my liking...

...and indeed number 2 is STILL hanging around causing me sleep problems because of the irritating cough and gloop (sorry...too much information!)...so it's another course of anti-biotics for me :-(

However,

..there's only one more outing and then all the performances are done for 2010. Things will start winding up again for March next year, but that seems a long way off right now...and I need a rest!

We've had a few of trips out recently...

...around Herefordshire mostly...

...but yesterday we went to Tetbury in Gloucestershire for another ARTIQUE fix!...and where Ali and George let me loose with my camera again :-)

...and Rooney (no not THAT one) their gorgeous brindle boxer snuffled around happily if a little confused looking at Bloke's mode of transport :-o



(Now is a good time to make yourself a cup of something nice.....sit back....and enjoy...Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!)



A large wooden bowl of old Afghan embroidered hats...





..with THE most exquisite embroidery...



..using tiny cross stitches..



..and couched threads..







Little waistcoats...beautifully embellished...(sorry about the blurring :-(



Beautifully woven rugs...



...and card-woven bands..
(couldn't get this picture to rotate - so put your head on your right shoulder and you'll see it as it should be;-)

They had a lovely selection of wooden print blocks too..(8 of which came home with me!)



..along with some delicious looking spice pots.





The whole place is a delight to wander and find all sorts of things...


Musical instruments...


carved panels...


Big jars and lanterns...


Piles of rugs....


Embroiderd Banjara bracelets...


Jewellery and chandeliers....


Bronze statues....


The place is just so inspirational!

They have a lovely selection of hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics in stock. Crewel embroidery and indigo cottons. I had some indigo with light half-moons sprinkled over it.....great for some Sashiko and Kantha stitching over the winter.

When we were there last time, I'd spotted some amazing Kushti skirts, but had to satisfy myself with taking pictures.

This time though....one came home....

Just look at that embroidery!!!







There are almost 4 metres of embroidered fabric in this skirt...

...and I now have to admit that I'm going to....

... cut it!

YES! I can hear the shrieks of horror as I type!!! :-o

But I have something in mind for it you see....

...that bald panel over my fireplace...

...which has been begging for something beautiful to fill it for so long now.

..and, of course...

...there'll be plenty of fabric left over to make other things out of :-)


Well...that's Artique done..

...now what about my bits and bobs?

Production is continuing...

...with brooches mainly...



...but with other stuff too.....





I just loooooooooooove playing with clay!

10 comments:

Karen Turner said...

Goodness, you've been busy! That's quite an aladdin's cave of inspiration. Hope the antibiotics do the trick for you.

threadmedley said...

Oh, so many beautiful motifs to use in your creative efforts! I have to return several times to take it all in. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. They'll inspire me to create new designs as well.

suziqu's thread works said...

OMG Chris I wish I could have been along side of you to enjoy that most amazing display of gorgeous stiched hats, woven rugs, fabrics, carvings etc. That is one of my all time samskaras - just adore this beautiful work - a bit like going to heaven! I forgive you for cutting up that skirt as I know how much you will love to appreciate the fabric hung. Enjoy!
xSuzy

Penny said...

If I ever get to the UK again, that is the place to visit. Wow what I wpoudnt give for some of those wooden printng blocks, they are like hens teeth to get here in Oz and those hats and embroideries.
Hope the cold is better.

Eva said...

What an overwhelming collection of craft. Do the people who made it know how their products are treasured? Especially if such skills may be forgotten in modern times...
Hope your cold will leave you soon!
Thanks for your comments, hope you did not find me pushy!

jude said...

well what a pile of inspiration. hope you feel better soon.

MargaretR said...

Ooh! I think I need to visit this Artique place :)
Sorry you haven't been well recently, but maybe you are doing a little too much? That's what people tell me if I'm under the weather, but I just ignore them, so you can just ignore me too :)

ArtPropelled said...

A therapeutic visit to Artique should help you to feel better. Such gorgeous stuff! Margaret could have a point about overdoing it.I enjoyed seeing more of your creations too.

tastykaeru said...

What fantastic inspiration!

Hope you're feeling a bit better :)

Kate x

Chris Gray said...

Thanks to you all who left comments here...hopefully I've replied by e-mail to most of you.

Anti biotics seem to have done the trick, although I'm still feeling very tired, but with a bit of luck, I can get back up to speed with things now :-)

Artique has been a great inspiration spring-board for me...just when I needed it too. Production is OK...but creation is required too. All my lovely pront blocks and bits of coloured fabric are sitting on the table in my workroom...sketchbook pages lie open....

Once this craft fair is done...I can really get stuck into my tribal endeavours again...with gusto :-)))