Sunday, September 14, 2014

Non sewing creativity

Why is it that whilst I am not allowed to eat (I can only have my special liquid diet bottles) I want to cook? OK - so I have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - I have an urgent hospital procedure on Tuesday - Yuck!!

Anyway yesterday  I  made Gingerbread Latte Fudge, Black Forest Fudge and then some plain coffee fudge making up my own recipe!!

The first two are from a lovely book, which goes with the recent TV series - Sweets Made Simple (starring Hope and Greenwood).

Today, once I have finished cleaning the house, I hope to get back to my next Zentagle Doors piece.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tangled Doors

I won't bore you with the diagnosis of my illness - but tell you about my latest piece of work instead! I have spent another lovely weekend with my friends in MEG. I have just finished another Zentangle stitched piece based on my doors project from a few posts ago .....
I just need to mount it now.
I am going to plan the next one as I am really enjoying Zentangling like this.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brilliant Exhitibition

Whilst in Poole this weekend I have been to a great exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery at Upton Country Park - click for the link here.  Two of the artists are friends of mine - Sue and Chris.  All the work was absolutely stunning - here are some of my favourite examples - it is still on until Monday 28th July so if you are in the area do go and see it, it is very inspirational.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Work

Sorry it has been a while since I last wrote but I have a) not been well - still, b) its been too hot and sunny to work and c) I have been busy :-)

I have had two wonderful weekends away with my lovely textile art friends - the first weekend was with the MEG group in Salisbury. The second was a long weekend (Friday to Tuesday) with the group Textile21 where we were in Kingcombe.

So what was I doing? Firstly making more of my Waste Not Want Not products - I now have Mug rugs, brooches and bracelet/cuffs -
NEXT - I finished off stitching on the Doors piece I have already shown you - then I started work on a Zentangle version of my Doors piece - its A3 in size and as you can see is still a work in progress.
 FINALLY - I started another piece - it is much bigger and although it has started off in the same method  - as I work on it, it may change.  I can only show you the work in progress at this time as it has a very long way to go.
I chose two of my favourite door photos and cut them in two sizes - arranged them in a pleasing design, then doubled, mirrored and off set it.
The textile background is still in the Wendy Dolan technique of white on white fabric then painted, although I have found online that this technique has been used for many many years by loads of other artists so its not just Wendy's technique. Anyway - white on white then painted in a delicate violet and azure blue.

 Here I have just started the stitching of the design outlines.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I have two CD's of magazines which I would like to sell  as I have double copies (by accident - when you have a room like mine it is easy to lose stuff which then turns up again months later :-))

The CD's are Pages Magazines vol 1 - 4 from Cloth Paper Scissors

and  Quilting Arts Gifts 2007 - 2010

 I would like just £12 for each CD collection - that is a tiny fraction of the cost of the magazines - they are usually around £14 each in UK!!  If you are interested let me know - by email.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What do you do at silly o'clock?

What do you do when you wake up at 4.30 on a Sunday morning - not feeling too well?  Well I made a top!  If it works it works - if not it will be cut up an reused (or sold :-) ).
I used up white cotton fabric, scrim and some old lace together with some old die cuts and create this...

Here it is on me - looks a little stiff at the moment but it will soften (I hope).
 Then it went in the dye bath -
I will update when its done.  Fingers crossed.

UPDATE:  Fresh from the wash - still wet  so will be lighter!!  Looks good at the moment....

Sunday, June 01, 2014

More Waste Not Want Not Items and finally some new work

Still not too well but hey that is not going to stop me at the moment :-) . My range of Waste Not Want Not items has grown again - I now have a range of note cards for sale in my Etsy shop

 New Work - As some of you know I often spend a Saturday working on my textiles but at the home of Jane Lemon - she is so inspirational, encouraging and I love her to bits.  Recently we discussed the fact that I am currently having a bit of a creative block (mostly because I am not well). Well a while ago we had a discussion about the fact that I am not very good at design for textile art pieces so Jane volunteered to teach me!! So I took some of my hundreds of pictures of doors to her one weekend.  We cut and arranged the pics into a 'design'.

 Then I had to trace it and fill in with tonal values to get the idea - my 'homework' was to transfer the design to calico ready for the next session.       When I got home that time I remembered I had been on a course with Wendy Dolan where I had done a nice technique of building fabrics, painting and stitching - ending up with these:

So I thought I would build up this new design in the same technique.

However when I got to the painting stage my colours were meant to be more gentle and bluer..  They came out a little too bright
So I left the piece (sorry no photo of the whole piece) until yesterday when I took all of the stuff to Jane.  Although my blue piece was OK and I could have just continued to work on it Jane took the scissors to it!! With my blessing, of course.  I remember letting Val Campbell-Harding do the same to my work in the past!!
We then rearranged my new work and added the work done with Wendy - in to the piece below - it needs a lot more work yet but at least  am doing something!!

 Here are a couple of close up pics of new new pieces - lots more stitching to go.