Sunday, 18 March 2018

What are friends for?

I am so lucky to have some lovely friends and over the past two days have had chance to catch up with several of them at the Stitch show at the NEC.

I loved this piece of work on the Embroiderers' Guild stand. Amanda Wright is one of my favourite textile artists and I particularly like her work when it includes sparrows in the composition.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Triangles on my Mind

I thought I had finished piecing this quilt the other day, only to discover there was a row missing so I have been busy stitching another line of triangles.  All now completed and ready for the next stage.  I am also using up the triangles that were left to make a smaller, cot size, quilt.  I must be mad, but at least I can practice some quilting designs on it before starting this larger one.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Another Job Done!!

At long last finished the second pumps bag. Not as exciting as the previous ones I have done but it will do the job. Had to take the hanging loop off and re-stitch it as I had one side twisted.  All the triangles I have been stitching for the current quilt I am working on must have improved my patience as I almost left it as it was.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

It Snowed ....

Gathered up a bucket of snow and did some snow dyeing ...

A first for me and not sure what I was doing really so had to phone a friend for advice.

Looked colourful on the washing line after a 60 degree wash using synthrapol

 Results once dried and ironed were much paler

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Grumpy Birds

We still have lots of Fieldfares in the back garden.  I gathered up a bucket full of crab apples on Friday, but this one was determined to help himself very close to the rear patio door.

Also appear to have foxes in the garden which was a huge surprise.  I thought they had disappeared but noticed there had been lots of activity in the snow when I got up around 3 am. Wish I had checked the footprints then, as they appeared to have been playing on the rear lawn.  By the time I got up properly and ventured out I had difficulty seeing them as there had been more snow.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Fieldfare Bonanza

Over the past two days we have had a flock of fieldfares in the garden.  They have discovered the hoard of crab apples that have remained uneaten earlier in the year. Yesterday there were around 20-30 birds and now there must be nearer 50.  They must have passed on the message I think.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Beetle-ing about

I have been sampling lettering and making a beetle this week.  I had forgotten how hard stumpwork can be at times. I modified the instructions and have ended up with my own beetle species. Think it will be okay for my needs so now have to start and make another one.  It will have to be a lonesome beetle as I am certainly not making a family of them.