Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Problems...

 ...can't upload any images at the minute...

...posting on Facebook for now...


x C

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

...end of August....

 I really don't know where August went!

It seems to have slipped by...

...in a damp, grey haze...

...not much to write home about.


But...

...I have managed to get a few bits done...

...cross stitch finishes...

...from Blackbird Designs...






...and a special little panel...
...for a rather special Postie! :-)





(I dooooo enjoy making things for special folk!!)

There are more things in the pipeline....

....see you in September.

x C



Friday, 6 August 2021

Summer stitching.....teddies.....and garden growing

 During the last few weeks I have managed to get quite a few bits done!

Different stitching...

...has given me a new-found enthusiasm for "free-style" embroidery...






 I tried to use as many bits of thread as I could...

...and was very pleased with the results! :-)


Visiting a friend who sadly lost her husband last year...

....I made a couple of cwtchy-teddies out of Peter's tee-shirts...

...so that she can still "hold" him. Xxxxxx




They are sitting in the garden....

...which has come on a treat.

Considering we had nowt but concrete to start with...

...it is now a space to really enjoy! :-)









I do hope that everyone is safe, well...and happy.


x C

Monday, 12 July 2021

WOWbook #7 out today!!

 ...and my " little Medieval Fragments" panel is in there!!

Here's the link to the website should you want to order your copy -

https://wowbook.d4daisy.com/


I did so enjoy pulling out all the bits to make this one...

...screen prints...stencils...print blocks...crackle paste...gold paints...silk papers.....


It's a great project to use all of those bits that we've all bought over the years...

... and have been left sitting in drawers and boxes!


My panel




I do so hope you'll have a go :-)


x C

Monday, 21 June 2021

Bits'n'Bobs & body parts!

 Yes...

...lots of body parts!

I actually looked for the collective name for "body parts"...

...but failed to find one...

...so...

...answers on a postcard please!! :-D


Sewing and stuffing have been my occupations this last week...




A couple of long-armed "dolls"




Lots and lots of little arms...
...for folk like this one...




A bit of punchneedle work too....




...for those long-armed folk...
...aka "Olde Sturbridge Salem - pumpkin doll"...
...from Doreen Frost - Vermont Harvest Folk Art.





A bit of final stitching...
...and a few pieces of clothing...
...and they'll be done!

Still with Selena...
...I'm making loads of hexie backgrounds for her "sewing sample book"...




...and the istitch designs SAL is coming along...
...although a bit slowly.....



Hopefully I can show something FINISHED in my next blogpost!!!


x C

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Ever-so-slightly-obsessed!!

 After having spent quite some time researching background info for Selena's sampler...

...we decided to take ourselves off for a pootle around Blaenavon...

....where she lived her short life.

(I sent for her death certificate by the way.....and discovered that she died of "Scarlatina - 6 days" in December 1863 at the age of 21.)

Managed to find the site of her home...now an industrial estate...

....but went on down the hill towards Llanfoist and came across a VERY SPECIAL PLACE....

...called Garnddyrys.

This was made quite famous in Alexander Cordell's "Rape of the Fair Country" and is the forge site where Hywel and Iestyn Mortymer work.

It would no doubt have been horrendous in the early 19th century...

...but now.....is a very different story!

We have been over there a few times in recent weeks...

...and discovered something else on each subsequent visit.


Talk about views....rocks.....and slag heaps!! YES....slag heaps...


A view across to the Sugar Loaf...




Looking back at Pwll Du quarry site



Rocks and stones and lichens...





Tree-eating sheep...




Yum yum...




Furnace iron slag heaps...




...just look at the colours!!






I got soooooo inspired by all of this...
...that I just had to do some stitching!! :-D






What a view.....




A curious ram-lamb...




.....and a not-at-all-bothered butterfly!





Don't know what this bird is ...
...but it makes one hell of a racket.




I have other things on the go....

...a bit of cross stitch on a band sampler by istitch designs...





These are a S.A.L....  30 weeks long.....

...others are now 23 weeks in....

...I started last week and am only on week 6!!!

Good grief!!


Hope you are all safe and well...


xxxxx C

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Flaming June!! Sun at last...and some bits to show :-)

 Where did May go?

Lost under clouds and rain!!!

So many plants in the garden suffered terribly...

...and the grow-house got wrecked in the last storm!

But...

...the crappy weather did at least allow plenty of time for stitching and gathering thoughts.


We had a lovely couple of weeks away from the end of April into the beginning of May...

...and, luckily, the weather was mostly fine, warm-ish and dry. :-)


We spent our time in the caravan at Burford...

... enjoyed the beauty of the Cotswolds...

...and finished a band sampler.







I only had band with baby-blue edging (yuck!)...

...so I used some red thread and did a crochet edging after the stitching was finished.

Much better!

...and I love it wound onto that silk bobbin from Lyons.


Back at home with winds howling and rain lashing...

...I got down to stitching a couple of Quaker pieces.






...and I finished putting together this twinky little Biscornu.





There is a reasoning behind doing all of these small pieces...

...I shall tell you next time ;-)


Now, I have cut some evenweave...

...put it onto a roller-frame...

...and wound some thread bobbins...

...ready for a rather loooooooooooooong project.





This is the Jade Sampler S.A.L from istitch designs


It has been going since January, so I am more than a bit late starting!!

I also don't have the "correct" linen band and thread...

...but I am doing it as a "stash-busting project" and using up what I already have here.

It's all wound and ready to go, so, after posting this...

...I shall be threading a needle and making a start.

Better late than never!!??


I have been faffing around with many other things...

...but will show more in future posts.


For now...

...adieu...

...until the next time (hopefully not quite as long before then!!)


Hope you are all keeping safe and well...


x C