Saturday, 31 May 2014

Mad dogs & Englishwomen stitching in the midday sun

Finally an opportunity to do a little stitching outside in the sun, a lovely breeze keeping the midges away. Only 7 pics this post, I'm giving you a rest after last time ;)

 This mug was given to me as a present by my Youngest a couple of years ago, he has no idea how touched I was!

 I made up some 'patches' to work on with a bit of tv of an evening, just stitching along, no pattern.

 The idea is to one day put them all together as part of a big piece. Not sure how big, but I've a way to go & my exhibition is in 6 weeks! The feather above is from an owl - I was given a bag full from some naturalists down the road here who found it already dead & thought of me ;)

 All together; a suggestion

 I made a piece to shape into a heart. I've been working with so much color lately it seems I needed a change!

 While sitting outside today I was admiring my Wisteria. A tricky plant to get for a windy place but it was for my 50th & it's only taken nearly 4 years but I had at least 3 racemes this year for the first time!

 & all those delicious tendrils to tie in to the top of the pergola at the back of the house, too. Here's to more stitching al dente ;)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Wedding & some blog buddies

Ok, I've got about 24 wedding pics but you don't have to look at them all! Just skim thru admiring the bag & fascinator I've been banging on about for so long (you're all very patient ;)

First, as love is in the air (even the most cynical would love a good wedding!) I made a couple of hearts from the Peacock Fabric enclosing wonderful smelling lavender grown in the south of France by a friend - too wet here ;( .

 did I show you my purse, the one that justified spending so much time on the fascinator & bag that were just for ME?



The day after The Wedding was just lovely, too. The DH noticed a leaflet in the hotel about the Great Dixter garden - you've probably been but I only ever saw it on Gardeners' World & it wasn't even on my radar. So in the morning we spent a happy hour walking around the most beautiful spring garden I've ever seen - sorry, haven't sorted the pics yet, 'cept this one

then in the afternoon my patient DH took me to Brighton to meet two Blog Buddies, Isobel of Threadnoodle & Alison of Fibre Frenzi Alison had a space for her work in one of the Brighton Open House weekends so we met there & then had coffee & cake, of course ;) I've been talking to these girls at our blogs for years so it was amazing to finally meet them.

Isobel back left & Alison right, as you probably know ;) You can see my Wedding Cuff here, it spent it's time at the wedding hiding under my sleeve, tll the evening when it came out for a boogie! So great to meet up & look what Isobel made my day with!

I'm delighted, thank you! Ready for action ;) I was so glad to catch up with Heloise too, giving me a lovely bag of felt to play wit ...(which I haven't photographed yet, sorry)

I can't believe that I had one of the best weddings ever & a chance to meet great blogging friends & go to a wonderful garden all in one weekend. So lucky.

So here are the Photographs, a small taster, honest! Just enjoy, I did.

 8am swim!
still waiting

my parents

 my bro, cuz & his gf
 my sil

 boys, eh?

 Fiji cake

 ooh, harsh sunlight, just to show you the fascinator!
 The Bag ;)
 How long will it be before I stop going misty eyed?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

I'm almost there

I'm almost there with my bits & pieces for The Wedding but first a couple of pics from the workshop I gave a couple of weeks ago.

 Beautiful pieces from 6 lovely ladies from experienced to absolute beginners. I was delighted with my students work.

To justify making myself a Cuff for the Wedding I made these, above & below for the studio

The start of my fascinator - I got as far as temporarily attaching 3 peacock feathers & 3 organza flowers & trying it on but the feathers were very wobbly as opposed to floaty. I've been reading Claire Muir, very helpful article in workshop on the web, can't remember which year.

to justify the above I made a notebook cover, yet to have pages added, for the studio

 the color of the fabric is somewhere between the front, above & back, below - not sure what happened to the white background ;)

To justify the Bag I've made for The Wedding I made a purse but the color was appalling so I'll leave that for another day, along with the blurred pic of the Wedding Earring.

So, below are 3 pics of MY cuff, i love it.

& here is The Bag, my very first one about 8" x 4", simple design.

 cord for the strap

  Bag open



Here's a question for you. My original idea was to have it look like the pic below, (they're just placed on)but maybe it's better plain, well it's not plain but it seems to speak for its self. What do you think?

too much?