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

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

On the trail.....

 Seeing as we were (at last!!) allowed out of Wales yesterday...

...and it's been months and months since I had a "colour-fix"...

...we took off across the Severn Bridge into Somerset and Wiltshire...

...to do a bit of background history trailing...

...and some serious retail therapy!!


As you know...

...I am working on Selena's sampler...

...and I've been looking into the family history.

Her parents - Samuel & Mary Watts came to Blaenavon from Somerset/Wiltshire about 1840.

I say "about" because their son Thomas was born in Westbury Wiltshire in 1839...

...and Selena was born in Blaenavon 2 years later.


Samuel and Mary were married in Mary's local parish church in Nunney, Somerset in 1838.

This was our first stop yesterday.



A lovely old church dating back  400-500 years...
...and, no doubt, on a foundation much earlier than that because of the castle right opposite!



The interior is delightful...



...although I felt a bit sorry for the monuments shoved into a corner...
...and especially so for the poor guy put onto a windowsill!!





They have uncovered some rather early wall paintings too.






I left a lengthy note in their visitors book...
...and my copy of the marriage entry...just for their interest.




After Nunney we drove over to The Patchwork Rabbit at Bromham...

...where I had a SUBSTANTIAL dose of retail therapy!!!!! :-D

This bagful will keep me stitching for QUITE some time.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!


Back at Ty Mabon...

...I've done a few more bits with my Selena samplings...


This was the piece I showed last week...

...now mounted onto a patchwork of William Morris fabrics...

...and finished off with mother-of-pearl buttons.





Another piece was charted and stitched...
...the strawberry border and a few "doodles".





When I looked closely at one of Selena's trees...
...I noticed that they were stitched in blocks of four cross-stitches...
...but also had a larger cross - corner to corner- over the top.
It raises the surface and has a different look from the "normal" crosses around it.
I enjoyed playing with this one!



I am now charting trees and getting ready to stitch another couple of sample pieces.


Oh Happy Days!


I have such an amount of stuff that I want to get done over the next couple-or-so weeks...

...so I'm taking a bit of a blog-break until early May...

...when I should have quite a bit more to show.


Meanwhile...


Take care lovely folks...


See you in May


X C

Monday, 5 April 2021

April has arrived!!

 ...and, hopefully, "things" will begin returning to some kind of "normal....soon?


After my "BIG DECISION".....

...I have felt a lot "lighter"...

...and things are progressing much easier now.

I feel that I have done the right thing.


I introduced you to "Selena Watts" last week...

...my latest sampler purchase.




Here she is in full...and she's quite a size!

Stitched area 40cms x 52cms....on 25 count openweave linen with silk thread.

I know it is silk because I snaffled a couple of threads from the back...

...and burned them!

The little crusty bead at the end confirmed my original thoughts...silk it is.

The colours have faded and quite a lot of the thread has gone/perished.

The linen background fabric has survived extremely well though.

Quite what has happened to the silk ...I don't know. No moth holes.....


I have made a start on some charting.

Remember the wee doggy?




Well...

...I have done a small piece of that area this last week.



I have used DMC threads for now...

...and 25 count Zweigart Dublin raw linen.

I am pleased with the result thus far...

...but I've ordered some silk threads from Jean Oliver to do some larger samples...

...and the full reproduction.


I have decided to make a small-ish book to hold all of my working sample pieces.

I would like to think that Selena may have had something similar! :-)

She didn't live to a big age. The poor girl died at 21...

...but she must have done a good job of stitching (her sampler was done when she was 13)...

...because 5 years later, she is entered in the Census as being a "DressMaker".

Good for her!!


My book with Selena's name plate on the cover (although I think I'll stitch one instead)




Holes drilled in the spine to take signatures...




Plate of "Miss Attwood's School" on the back cover...

(Miss Frances Jane Attwood was a "School Mistress" in Blaenavon and can be found in the 1851 & 1861 Census. She married Thomas Griffiths and had one son called Thomas Gordon Griffiths. I haven't tracked down exactly which school this was...probably one of the Chapel schools as the main school had houses for school master and mistress....and Frances was living with her parents.)




Signatures made out of my "leather paper"




An old map of "Chapel Row" where Selena lived...




...and pages of the Census showing her name and occupation.






It is SUCH a fascinating project...

...and I just can't wait for the Gwent Archives to re-open so that I can find out more!!


I feel so close to this girl when I am sitting stitching pieces of her sampler....

...and the plan is to chart the piece in it's entirety...

...then donate the original to the Blaenavon Heritage Museum based in the old School building

next to St Peter's Church in Blaenavon.

Selena will be going home. :-)


Please come along with me on this journey...

...there will be lots of little bits of stitching and info as and when I find it!!


Have a good week


x C