As work on the house seems to be making very little progress at the moment and it is Soooo.... depressing I have been doing some patchwork as a distraction. Also now started to make some boring old curtains and roman blinds but they cannot be hung up yet so no rush for them.
I have got some nice dark fabric to make alternative blocks which will add interest and give the quilt a lift I hope. On the design front I have been messing around on Photoshop to see how I could lay out my existing blocks.
So guess it is back to stitching now until I have got sufficient blocks to put together to make a whole quilt. Not until much later though .... as today I have to take the car to get a new wheel bearing fitted which involves me sitting in the garage reception until it is ready.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Sunday, 15 July 2012
There is a fantastic resident artist blacksmith - Joshua de Lisle - and although I do not think he created this seat he has recently completed gates for Richmond Park - do have a look at his website - www.joshuadelisle.com
|Spot the duck under the sculpture?|
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Whippets Brook, which runs through our garden, is reputed to have crayfish in it and until recently I had never seen any evidence of them. I found the remains of one this week minus its tail. Intrigued I looked it up on the internet and assume it is a white claw crayfish. It is such a shame it was dead.
|Detail of doorway|
|Dog and Hare|
|Green Man on Church entrance|
Monday, 9 July 2012
This caused a few raised eyebrows when it was submitted as my metre piece for City & Guilds. It is called 'The Thread of Life' and it is silk paper created using Jo Sonja's textile medium as the binding agent. The lettering was free machined using Madeira metallic thread. I printed the lettering onto water soluble paper using the computer and then laid strips of it over the top of the silk paper.
My first efforts failed as I used PVA glue as the binder and the whole thing went into a horrible wet mess when I dissolved the paper!!
The poem is the same as the one that is printed in the book below and the theme of which is all about having lived a good and long life and not being afraid to die and leave others to follow on from where you left off.
The pages inside have the lines of a poem printed on them and the were stained with walnut ink to age them.
It always reminds me of the weekend we visited Glasgow to go to the Burrell Collection as I sat in the hotel room busily stitching away to try and get it finished in time.
Friday, 6 July 2012
Had a water leak between the granite worktop and the sink on Monday which caused a bit of a panic but it is now fixed. Decided to clean out some of the new kitchen cupboards and start to put things back where they should be.
Very interesting talk by Edwina MacKinnon at Worcester EG this month. Some of her dying and printing techniques seem worth a try. Doing my best not to get involved in assisting with the EG down here. I just want some time to enjoy being able to go along to meetings and workshops with no commitment after my involvement in Yorkshire & Humberside.