Tuesday, 25 March 2014

...decisions and plans...

I had such a wonderful time at Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch!!!

......and met so many lovely people that either know me from my blog...

...or through Facebook.

Other folk too.....met for the very first time....

...but I'm sure it won't be the last :-)

I felt very lucky this year. Being on a Demo stand...

...and having a loan of a Pfaff Creative 3.0 to play with during the 4 days.

What a dream machine! Mostly the same as my own Creative 2.0, but with even more built in stitches and a touchscreen control panel.

If you're thinking of treating yourselves...

...this is THE machine to have!!

Of course, there were, as always, the lovely folk on stands selling beautiful bits and bobs...

...that one simply HAS to indulge in....

Gorgeous silks from The Silk Route...




...and little beauties from 21st Century Yarns.



Projects in mind for ALL of these....of course!! :-o

The show also provided the opportunity to meet up with much loved friends who cheerfully bump into each other at each one.....

Laura & Mike at Colourcraft;    Claire at Thermofax;   Hilary and Man at The Silk Route;

Jean & Walter at Oliver Twists;  Michael Powell;  Kim Thittichai;  Christine Plummer;  Angie Hughes;   .....

...and many, many more......

A joy as always. Thanks ICHF!!

I have been doing a bit of thinking over the last couple of weeks.....

....about what to do....and which way to go with things now.

I've never done very big items, simply because of the amount of embellishment I tend to put on my stuff....

....but after having done some book forms in recent times I feel that I'd like to keep working that way....

...certainly for a while.

So.....

...small it is......and more mixed media as opposed to all stitch.

This will allow me to explore current interests and do small projects that don't take up too much time.

Thus I can flit from one thing to another while still carrying on with my writing and sample-making without tying myself to the chair for too long.

Well.....I am a Textile Butterfly after all aren't I?!

I have sooooooooooooooooo many bits and pieces to use....

...and new ideas in mind.

I shall be happy to share my progress with you all.....

x C

12 comments:

Julie said...

It was a great show wasn't it? I came past your stall but didn't have chance to stop for a chat or even a proper look so I do apologise. You were busy talking to someone when I passed and I didn't have the energy to come back. :( I like your plans for the future and I wil enjoying see where they take you. Maybe see you at Festival of Quilts?

PaulineC said...

Love your new plans Chris.

Living to work - working to live said...

Ah ha Chris - more mixed media!! Remember to incorporate the odd Boneo box from time to time!! Seriously, like you, as much as I love stitch, the possibilities of combining it with other exciting media know no bounds! Xx

Caterina Giglio said...

love the second and third images... swoon worthy..

Gillian Salmons said...

I'm really pleased you had a lovely time - I have just bought myself a creative performance by Pfaff, which is the one up from the machine you mentioned. I have never seen such beautiful stitching and it by far outshines my trusting Bernina (which will now be used for the paper and metal exercises)

Penny said...

Well, yes you ARE the Textile Butterfly. That means you can flit from one beauty to the next -- how much fun is that!

Sweetpea said...

Tis a wonderful thing to be able to meet peeps *for real* and my goodness, didn't you pick up some lovelies tah boot?! Shall look forward to seeing all your bits & pieces flying off this blog page ;>D

Chris Gray said...

Sorry to have missed you Julie, but I'll be at FOQ on the stand with COLOURCRAFT :-)

Thanks Pauline! See you next week..

Yes Hilary....mixed media is fun...no doggies here though so maybe it's going to be cornflake boxes instead :-)

Aren't those naturals gorgeous Caterina ....

Lucky YOU Gillian!!

Thanks so much my lovely Penny x C

...and you too Christie.... :-)


I'm looking forward to the ongoing journey....

x C

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Jill Dian said...

Love your book and great illustrations and information... it arrived at lunch time...will have another look through this evening - thanks again - Jill x

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Jill! Glad it arrived safely.

x C

jackie said...

Pleased you are back safely from your adventure.I think you will enjoy the gelli plate and giving yourself time to play.