Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Nicky Dillerstone is normally to be found up to her elbows in paint and glue and with a heat gun close by, so I was surprised to see her sitting hand knitting. Nicky's workshops are always great fun too. http://www.nickydillerstone.co.uk/
As soon as I get the water issues sorted out in my studio, I will be setting up my faithful Brother and getting back into knitting too. I have missed the rythmic peaceful feeling I always get when I knit - I don't miss the bruised and bashed toes though. You have to be a knitter to understand that one :)
I had to buy this issue of Embroidery magazine as it has some great articles, including one about Ruth Issett's Connected with Colour exhibition. Ruths work is amazing, this body of work is uplifting and full of joy. I have spent many hours watching Ruth demonstrating over the years and recognised some of the pieces, it is good to see them finished and properly displayed. It also has a piece about Jan and Jeans 'Seeing double' exhibition, which is also at the K&S show.
My favorite exhibition this year was 'Art Cloth', and I had to buy the Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination book, and the cd book. (Also two thermofax screens and a set of printing inks!). The book explains many methods of getting images onto cloth, and is worth every penny. I had a lovely chat with Claire Benn, she was so generous with information about her processes and suppliers. Jan and Jean have a new dvd and it leapt into my bag too.
The Graduate Showcase was interesting and Jackie Langfeld's work was outstanding. See http://purplemissus.blogspot.com/ for a pic of one of Jackie's pieces. She has stitched 'warriors' from cardboard and string, but they are unbelievingly moving and set my imagination on fire.
The Royal Hall has been restored and is fully open, lots of seating, tea, coffee and cakes. And an excelent short cut from Hall TG to the learning curve rooms.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I am still avoiding going into my studio so more photos today. I love the way that moss has grown on this garden ornament, what wonderful hair. And if you click on the other pic and zoom in, there is a bust of a man hiding in the virginia creeper, I wonder how much work it takes to keep this wall looking like this.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
So Bernina clonked. I do abuse it and I know it should be serviced more often. But I always need it. Anyway DD have a system where they will send a courier to collect the machines, repair it and then deliver it back. No charge, it is covered in the cost of the service. So Bernie has gone for a little holiday and I have a new baby to play with. This time I bought the good old workhorse, the 1008. With any luck it won't clonk for a long time. I have already managed to break a needle. sigh.
Friday, July 18, 2008
This was going to be a mythical creature but it kinda reminds me of a road runner, so I will give it some nice long legs and call it "beep beep". I actually saw a road runner recently whilst driving through New Mexico, so this one can be a nice reminder of my fab holiday.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Whilst I had the soldering iron out, I cut these little lime and purple pieces from some sheets of Angelina I made ages ago. The little heart beads are bronze, I have had them a while and occasionally admire and fondle them. Thought it was time to use some of my precious stash :) I have loads of scraps of my hand dyed fabric so used some to make the background, bit of bondaweb and some zig-zag stitch. I call this one 'hearts and angelina', because I love angels and the heart symbol and it amuses me to give grand names to tiny atcs.
Rachel finds the most incredible stuff and she gave me a very nice piece of crochet. Unfortunately I left it in the back of her car and Nicki texturised it. I salvaged some of these crocheted motifs and thought this one looked fine on another hand dyed scraps background, with a few beads (because it isn't done until it has beads on it)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Three cookbooks for my birthday.
Gg drew this picture on the back of the envelope containing my card.
Not very happy about the being a year older malarky but worth it for all the nice thoughts and the lunch with Brian.
A small side note. My brother asked me how old I was?? I replied that I am four years younger than him, same as always :)