Sunday, 28 August 2016

A Summer Hello Part One

It's been a lovely long summer, busy with the season tho & we've still got just over a month to go before it all quietens down.

I've been continuing with my weekly squares, quite a collection now but I need to keep up with the the mounting & framing...


 Primrose & Forget me not

 Sail in the Sound


Tulips (sold to a lovely B&B guest)
this is half way thru the challenge of Made on Monday, making a 5x5" piece for one year

Before the season really started  we were able to enjoy the proud moment of The Middlest at his Passing Out Parade at Dartmouth. Lots of photos in my fb album ;) If you remember he is a Marine Engineer, Officer of the Watch but in working for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary they have to train so they are able to work alongide the Royal Navy in times of conflict. I prefer to think of him in his mucky boiler suit at the bottom of the ship, but that's just being a Mum ..... He's lost the beard & looks 10 years younger!

Been working hard over on the Isle of Raasay where I was commissioned to help with a 14 x 5' wall hanging for their community hall. We are progressing tho, slowly but surely.

 the parts of the Community that have no fear

 their work, love the rhododendron shrubs!

 mint green of the hills

 inevitable wall & a bit of rust
 a natural collage
 inside of a boat
certain spring - I do get carried away with the surrounding area when I go 'on location'

I took time out to go to a peg Loom Workshop, run thru the fabulous wool shop down the road from me Handspinner Having Fun led by Sarah of Wood Ewe

delighted with my square rug, good for under my feet on the concrete floor in the studio

 we got a few wonderfully misty mornings & yes, it's not the lens it's inside my little point 7 shoot ;( I will invest in a quality point 7 shoot with Macro, so exciting!

So meet Dizzy, yes she came with that delightful name ;) A couple sent their grandson to the vet to put her down & when she leaped out of the basket in rude health he refused & decided to rehome her.  We were quite upset when we lost Willow last November - we'd been told she was 4 yeas old when we rehomed her 3 years previously & suddenly it turned out she must have been 14 plus when she got liver & kidney failure & diabetes all at once. So sad. So we wanted more of a provenance for the next cat & altho dizzy is 9 years old & only accepts affection on her terms (she's much more used to us now after a few months) we thought there was no point in scouring Scotland for a 2 year old when there was a lovely cat that needed a home just down the road.

 a little tart when she wants to be
 with sweet stubby little legs
 loves the stair game but you need a very long bit of paper to avoid those claws!
instantly at home in the fabrics in the studio. Great to have a cat in the house again - she now walks calmly past Tam & he generally keeps his head well down, knowing she's in charge ;)


Jan said...

Good to catch up with you, Emma. I see you are keeping busy as usual. Love the little 5" stitched squares. You mount and frame them eh? I like to work small like this but never know quite what to do with them afterwards. Your son is so handsome! Many reasons to be proud of him. I always enjoy your pictures of your environment. The weaving interests me too, a practical use of what you made. I too have a concrete floor in my studio. Fluffy rugs are very welcome! Dizzy looks delightful!

Then I saw your previous post about Maggi. So many reminders of her around here as she and I traded bits over the years. I miss her.

Be well.

Beverley Baird said...

Your pieces are gorgeous Emma. You have been busy! Love your photos as well.

Carole Reid said...

Well hello there, Emma. It's been a while since either of us have posted. Instagram is so much quicker but I do love visiting fellow artists on their blog. You have been busy, as usual. Thanks for sharing. Your handsome son and Dizzy's stubby legs a adorable! Cheers.

Robin Mac said...

Love your little squares,especially the ammonite one.
I saw all the photos of your son on Facebook, you must be very proud of him.
I am fascinated with the peg loom weaving, your rug must be lovely and warm under your feet.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. Cheers

Unknown said...

good to see your blog......I don't write mine as much as I used many other things to do!! Its great to see your beautiful stitching. Aren't we lucky - we're never bored and always excited to make new projects...

Anonymous said...

Been ages since we heard from you. I've been working on some 5x5's too but not for a year. Great project and that loom looks like so much fun with all that chunky roving to play with. So grown up your son looking bright in his uniform. Don't stay away so long. xox said...

Hi Emma, seems you're the same as me, life gets in the way of blogging and facebook is quicker, easier and has more followers! Take care, lovely work too!! Gilli

Beverley said...

Love the birdie piece..... and the rust, and boat paint, and peg loom (have one of those) and the 'new' pussmog. Packed a lot into your summer.

Carmina said...

I adore your small creations ...