Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Spell Book ?

not quite, each year I keep a holiday journal and since we will be heading north of the border, a celtic feel seemed to be appropriate.

Please excuse the dodgy photos but velvet seems to confuse my camera. The finished book is sort of darker blue than the photos.

book cover wip

making braids to fasten journal

holiday journal 2009size A5

Sunday, 26 July 2009

looking for texture

Looking for texture

Looking for texture

Looking for texture

inspiration-sunset, carded merino plyed with commercial mohair. plyed for texture, not yet set ( waiting for the rain to stop!

I've borrowed a spinning wheel again now that I have destashed a bit and made a space for it to live in. I plan to play and experiment over the next couple of weeks just to see what works :-)

Friday, 24 July 2009

Nottingham by the Sea

or a big pile of sand in the square! I have to admit that they have done a good job and it was certainly very busy when I wondered down yesterday. Sort of gave this city of ours a sunny feel that you don't normally find here. Since they rehashed the market square a couple of years ago, they are now beginning to discover its potential as an entertainment venue. We have had music concerts, a big wheel, ice skating rink ( the scene of my downfall) and the fountains have a constant stream of kids playing in them as soon as the weather warms up.

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putting it all together

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the scene yesterday

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Unlimited Textiles Quiltie

Its been a while since I took part in an unlimited textile swap so I signed up to make a 5 inch quiltie on the theme of Seasons. I had forgotten how relaxing it is to make something entirely by hand. I was going to finish it on the sewing machine but decided that it would look wrong.

So here it is.

seasons quiltie

Plan of attack today...wander into town to look at Nottingham by the sea. Yes they appear to have imported the seaside into our city centre...watch out for the photos!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Patchwork on the Plinth

Please visit Claire or Vicky for full details.

Those of you in the UK, and further afield for that matter, may have heard about the art project in Trafalger Square, on the Fourth plinth of Nelson’s Column. Our craft group Stitched Up have been approached by Hazel Ellerby, a local actress/ artist to help make a quilt t0 celebrate the women of the East Midlands. She’s asking for women to contribute a quilt square that passes on a message either about yourself, or what you would want to say to the world. The squares will be sewn into a qulit, exhibited following the plinth day (12th August) and then eventually taken apart to be sold for charity.

Taken from Pinky and Boo Blog (Thanks Claire)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

TAST revisited, week 27

Bullion Stitch

Bullion stitch ATC

On Stitchin Fingers, the Take a Stitch Tuesday has resumed and this week it is Bullion Stitch. Stitched here in embroidery cotton on handfelted background.

The last few weeks seem to have been so busy that I have hardly kept up with reading blogs let alone any stitching, last weekend I managed to make a DVD slideshow for my mum so she will have a record of the wonderful flowers in bloom at the moment. As a result I have been lax in replying to your comments and I will be catching up with many of you over the next few days :-)

Have you ever tried to explain how you accidently buy something over E-bay? it's really easy, you just wait until there are five of the particular item for sale (all seperately) and you put in a silly bid having seen the first two being sold for more than you would like to pay and promptly forget about it. This has resulted in me buying a Jacobs fleece for spinning for a couple of quid, now I need to buy or borrow a wheel again:-) good job a friend has lent me a drum carder along with 3 different weighted spindles to have a play with.

Anyway, I'm off to surf your blogs whilst thinking of a design for a 10 inch quilt block right after I put the kettle on!!

Enjoying summer

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I've been out enjoying the summer sun so no lace or stitch to show at the moment. TAST has restarted so I'm working on my bullion knot sample and I have a couple of other projects to start and finish this month.
I leave you with a couple of photos from my mums garden last weekend.