Monday, 31 December 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

and a big thank you to everyone who has left comments and e-mailed me since starting this blog earlier this year. Your encouragement and kind comments have helped me continue creating and stitching over the last few months.

Thank you

( I should now post an appropriate picture but can't find one at the moment:) )

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Scrap Challenge #4

Emptying the red scrap bag again, I found two crazy blocks about 8 inch square.

presumably left over from making these pincushions earlier this year
So I joined them together, bonded scraps of sheer fabric in red and blue, then scrounged a stamp from my mother who is a card maker.
Found a decent sized scrap in the bag to use as a lining.

And made myself a sketch book wrap.

Machine wrapped elastic gold cord to finish. size 4.5 inch x 7.5 inch. Thanks to Fibre and Stitch and Sue Bleiweiss for instructions.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Boxing Day Evening...............

............was spent playing some new and traditional games in an effort to stay away from the computer !!

We played Shut the Box

Stack the hedgehogs

and Crokinole which is a game we used to play a lot in the pre computer days.

In fact anyone who knows us may well remember when we used to have a full size arcade pinball machine in our main room. It eventually went to a new home where it was fully restored and loved and we have used the space to store assorted motorcycle parts over the years.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Wild and Woolly Boxing Day

We always try to take our niece and nephew out on Boxing day and over the years we have attended a wide range of events. This year it was the Wild and Woolly Scramble at Blisworth, Northamptonshire, organised by the Northampton Motorcyclists Club. A wet and muddy time was has by all.

Photo courtesy of nephew
Photo courtesy of nephew

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

scrap challenge #3

Fragment #1

size 3x5 inch

Scrap of dyed muslin, handmade felt and recycled wood? beads. Handstitched and finished as a postcard with machine stitching.

Monday, 24 December 2007

scrap challenge #2

The red scrap bag contained a lot of handmade felt offcuts which I teased together and bonded onto a sheet of acrylic felt.

I then machined straight lines to hold it all in place

I then added sequins and beads from my stash

Result, new cover for last years travel journal. ( I usually use the same cover year after year so I have several books that need covering)

Sunday, 23 December 2007

The real weather

Yes, the bike photos make it look like such a glorious day, here is the real story!!

The car was well frozen

The road was frozen

The big wheel looked more like a cobweb in the fog

Cold and frosty Skegness

Sandracing once more

It was cold, frosty, foggy but we still ventured out and after a slow drive arrived at Mablethorpe in glorious sunshine!!

Even Santa showed up!!


Saturday, 22 December 2007

Scrap Challenge #1

The fun challenge from Fibre and Stitch discussion group came from comments on what people do with their scraps, especially since most people do not throw anything away. So we had 15 mins to gather scraps together and the challenge is to create without buying anything further. I metre additional fabric from stash is ok so is any embellishments, fusibles, etc.

I already had two plastic bags packed with scraps that had not been touched since earlier this year so decided that I would try and use these up simply to free up some space!!

So watch this space over the next couple of weeks to see if I come up with anything.....or maybe I will just open the bottle of whisky and put my feet up :)

contents of blue bag
contents of red bag
The Bike Spot

Sunday 23 December is the last sand race at Mablethorpe before Christmas, if anyone is interested sign on is at 8am, racing generally a hour or so later depending on the tide. We will be there ,as long as it isn't tipping it down , so watch out for the MZ hats.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Discharge printing

on the Fibre and Stitch discussion group, the topic of conversation has strayed to the use of kitchen implements etc. This is work in progress, black velvet printed with cream kitchen cleaner ( the thick one with bleach) whist taking all the usual precautions of wearing gloves, covering all surfaces etc. The original print has been cut up and mounted on black velvet background.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007


to everyone who left comments and e-mails recently, I am now getting over the worst of the wretched cold and I hope it clears before the weekend as we will be going to the sand racing again. Anyway the recent frost reminded me of these photos from last winter.

Friday, 14 December 2007

Normal service will resume soon as possible, still raiding the tissue box, hot drink at the ready. Here's a design idea from one of my photos,

back with the bikes, well in this case quads at the sand racing. There must be some way of working with this, will think about whilst tucked up watching a film this afternoon.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

cough, sneeze, cough, cough, sneeze

By the time I got home from work last night I was only fit for bed and woke up today with a full on cold so I spent most of today in bed aahhhhhhhhhh So here is yesterdays post

Christmas gift tags completed
Postcard received from Sue Bleiweiss this morning
Time to put the kettle on and doze in front of a DVD ( no television so have to use the computer)

Monday, 10 December 2007

Bobbin Lace with a twist

No stitching over the weekend as busy cataloging books and putting them back on the shelves, however, my stat counter shows that quite a few people have googled me over the last few days looking for bobbin lace references. With this in mind I dug out the following photo.

fashioned from basic bobbin lace made with beads and wire, chain crochet with wire and beads. If you click the photo it will enlarge and show the detail, I made it as part of my goldwork research for City and Guilds part 2

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Swap display

I have been wondering for a while about the best way to store and display swap items. During the great book sort out I found a photo album which seems to be perfect for postcards, atc, inchies, bookmarks and 5 inch quilties and looks lots smarter that the shoe box that was their temporary home.

It was a wild, wet, windy day

and we were going to the Christmas Fair at Lincoln to finish the shopping. I had intended to take photos but we got so wet that we gave up and came home. However, we did take time out to visit Italia Moto to sort out a few spares etc for our bike. So here are a couple of photos of our favourite bike shop who always do a great job for us.

Now which Ducati do I fancy??