Saturday, November 15, 2014

More Free Machine Stitching

I have completed two more pieces are Free Machine Embroidery - another Sam Toft - called Power Nap 
 and I decided to try something a little different - so I have embroidered a Flower Fairy - Primrose Fairy.  She may be the first in a series??

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Podley and stuff

Its been a while - having had my diagnosis I have been trying to come to terms with the eating thing  - anyway I have done a little work.

Firstly -  on 24 October I drove down to just outside Plymouth to stay with a great friend - Jan - as I was the guest speaker at the West Country Embroiders AGM on Saturday 25 October.  I had a brilliant time with Jan and was so glad she was with me at the event because that  was scary for me - I have not done a talk in front of so many people at once!! I was very nervous but I think they enjoyed it in the end -  I know my subject and could talk for ever once I am relaxed.  Below is a screen shot of the WCE Facebook page from the following day........

Inspirational talk by Anna Nowicki yesterday following the AGM .... showing just how far your craft might take you. For those of you who didn't come along - you missed a treat.
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Such a lovely compliment -!! At Jan's I introduced her to Pinterest and we have both been happily collecting pins ever since.  Anyway on Sunday 26 Jan took me to a Quilters Guild Meeting - their guest speaker for the day was Tracy Chevalier !! (See her site here)  At first I did not connect who she was until she mentioned the book - The girl with the Pearl earring!!  She was a brilliant speaker and I had a great time.From Jan's I went on to the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset (see site here) where my friends in the group Txt21 meet - we were there from Monday until Thursday afternoon and it was also brilliant!  I did some machine stitching again and have a new plan for some more costumes. The machining I did was........ another Sam Toft picture - this was from just a pencil sketch of hers (with no background) - I added the scenery.
I did it twice - changing the scenery and one was smaller

Below are the two pictures together so you can see the size etc

 I also did another Podley picture - this one is called Podley Paints a Portrait (of the Girl with the Pearl Earring) - it just needs the background finishing off.  It was just a coincidence that I was working on that picture when I met Tracy!!
Then I went on to do some free machining on water soluble fabric to be added to my arches piece - see blog from Sunday July 13 - see I have not done much on it since then but am re inspired to continue

Below will be the third piece 

Forgot to show you the completed Sam Toft picture -  A chariot of Fishfinger Sandwiches - here it is...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Free Machine Stitching

Today I spent another happy day with Jane Lemon - working in her workroom.  I created another free machined piece - this is going to be photographed and used as this years Christmas card (once I have ironed it of course!!) .....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome to Podley and Otis..

So here is my character Podley - designed, drawn and machine embroidered by me..

Podley picks a daisy


Podley Poses in Purple
 This one  will not have a background as it was just a try out.  More Podley pictures to come soon!!

Also here is a picture of the latest addition to my daughters household.. 8 week old Otis   (as in Otis Red(kit)ing)

Knitting and Stitching Show

This years Knitting and Stitching show seemed to be full of felting - or at least that is what I feel I was drawn to this year.  Maybe that's what I should be making?  Felt? I will think about that.  I was particularly drawn to the following pieces.....

 Then I also liked the following machine embroidered pieces...

And I also just had to buy some books - these two on felt pieces.......
 This last one, on the left, is for inspiration for later to go with the one I already have , on the right.
maybe that's anther costume in mind??  Oh I have so many ideas in my head and not enough time to do them.  I will also show you Podley in the next post as the first two pictures are done!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Linda Miller Course and Sam Toft for inspiration

Just back from a fantastic weekend at West Dean College where I was on a course with the brilliant Linda Miller - click here for her Website. Linda is so inspirational, generous with her time and encouragement.  The ladies I met on the course too were brilliant and we hope to keep in touch, and maybe meet up again. Here we all are - the 'show and tell' at the end of the course...

On the course we were machine embroidering pictures - I chose Sam Toft, for my inspiration - click here for her website, as I just love all her work. Both ladies have inspired me to create my own character - Podley - He is still a work in progress so you will have to wait for more on Podley.
For the moment - here are the three pieces I stitched.....

This is called - A little tenderness - I added the background and Mr Mustard's hat came out more of a cap than it should, and I was too 'scared' to do the faces. It is small - measuring 7.5 cm x 11 cm.

Next is my favourite as I have the print in my living room - It's called 'Taking the Girls Home' - I just love it!  I also added the background - measures 6.5cm x 8.5cm (below it is the original)

Finally is the one I am still to finish - It is called  A chariot of Fishfinger Sandwiches - lovely title and lovely print - this one is a line drawing on Sam's site so I am colouring it in and giving it a background. This one is the biggest at 18.5cm square.

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.