Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dog Tired

That relates to me not the dog ....

Here is the lovely Clover waiting for me to drive her to the reservoir for a lovely long walk. We had a couple of early morning long walk around Swinsty on Day 1 and then Fewston Reservoir on Day 2 whilst her owners were away.  We also had lots of short walks too and I fitted in a 'Play' session with a couple of friends who popped over for the afternoon.  We tried our hand at a bit of Gum Arabic Transfer with various degrees of success I might add. I am going to persevere and get better at it as it is a lovely way to add images to your work either onto paper or fabric.

I have also been printing in Cheltenham and surprised myself with this lovely print of a sparrow I had drawn.
It is a silk aquatint with viscosity inking. It is only small in size.

Monday, 8 May 2017

TSG Exhibition Stroud

Managed to find time on Sunday to pop along to the current exhibition by the Textile Study Group at the Museum in the Park and Lansdowne Gallery in Stroud.  It was excellent made even better by the beautiful sunny weather.

The Museum in the Park was a huge surprise and we will certainly be going back again to explore the actual Museum and see the recently refurbished walled garden.

The entrance into the Museum from the garden is via an electronic door at the base of a curved footway

There is an auricula theatre in the corner behind the silver and blue Mediterranean border.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Some of my recent Treasures

Yesterday I found this empty blackbird's eggshell in the garden. Has the fledgling hatched or perhaps the egg has been eaten by another bird?

Whilst away in Yorkshire I found this very tiny piece of shale with equally small fossils in it so it has joined my other pile of treasures ....
I have played with this one in Photoshop and added a 'Fresco' filter

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Design is all around you

Whilst away at the weekend we visited Thame and had a wander around the town and visited the lovely Museum.  We came across a lovely old Tithe Barn near the church and it's walls looked as if the builder had been trying out every possible combination of brick pattern he cold think of!!
Herringbone obviously!

Perhaps had one too many when he did this one

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Another Bank Holiday

Garage Shelf
We have been away for a couple of nights - yet again - this time to a wedding in Buckinghamshire which gave us time to take in a National Trust property too. It was the home of William Morris who created the Morris car.

It was extremely interesting and is set in a time warp as the house has been left as it was when he died.

Lovely shed

Monday, 24 April 2017

Seeing Stars

I have spent the past week trying to use up all the odds and ends left from the larger quilt. The stars and hearts were in existence so I added to those, taught myself how to make 'migrating geese' and made strings of 'flying geese' for the edges.  The corners were finished using up scraps of fabric made into a 'nine patch' square, one for each corner.  Just need to add the backing and wadding now and get it quilted. I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoyed doing patchwork, which is just as well as I still have plenty of fabric to use up!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Sunshine in My Life

How can you not feel happy when you have a patch of sunlight in the garden like this to brighten up your day.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

My Easter Egg

A very nice person sent me this picture of a small Betty's praline egg.  I thought it was very jolly.  I bet it did not last long as they are delicious!!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fossils or What?

Well NOT as it happens .... these images are carved into the concrete surface on one of the piers at Whitby. I thought they might give me some ideas for putting in my sketchbook.

 The sea was very rough and this is the cliff face next to the pier with the sea lashing the rocks. I think the tide was just about to turn.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Seeing Stars

For the past few weeks I have been trying to finish piecing a large quilt so that it can be long arm quilted.  I have almost completed it today, apart from having to replace two small pieces I accidentally clipped with some very sharp embroidery scissors whilst removing hanging threads. They are tiny, tiny snips but not worth the risk of leaving them to develop into larger holes so I shall have to unpick and replace the two pieces.

 This is the basic block ....
and this corner has been my 'stumbling block' because I made up the design as I went along and could not get the corners to line up without a lot of 'fiddling' ....

I incorporated 5 appliqued hearts and 44 maple leaves (which are 9 patch and measure 4.5 inches each) around three edges of the quilt.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Relaxation by the Sea

Just had a few nights up in Yorkshire (again!).  This time for a birthday party.  We added a couple of nights on to our stay and found a lovely B&B in Egton Bridge which enabled us to visit the seaside.

A Whitby seagull enjoying the view ....

Seaweed at Runswick Bay ....

The stepping stones at Egton Bridge over the River Esk ....
The fabulous Thomas Denny stained glass window in Egton Bridge Catholic Church depicting Father Nicholas Postgate who was born in 1596 and executed on Knavesmire York in 1679.

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Bit of Rust

When we were 'Up North' we went to Salts Mill and I came across this lovely gate (shame about the Biffa bin!)
I thought it might make a nice design element for something so I will keep it in my stash of things to use, however, I was also fascinated by the shadows behind this part of the fence

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The End of a Legend

I have been up to Yorkshire yet again this past week to the funeral of one of my uncles.  The picture below is the start of the family story ....

I believe this to be my great grandfather and he made these working models which are still in the family on my mother's side.  The uncle who died recently built these and several others ....

It was therefore a fantastic surprise to see yet another one of his engines (which is now owned by someone else) arrive at the church in front of the hearse for the funeral service.  It was then taken to the pub where family and friends gathered for refreshments.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Eggs & Feathers (2)

I have been rather naughty today.  I was feeling a bit fed up yesterday so phoned Mariette to see if her second workshop at the Trumpet Tea Rooms today was full and guess what?  She had had a cancellation so I was able to go.  Oh what fun I had ....

This was meant to be a curlew's egg, a guinea fowl feather and a pheasant feather.  Struggled a bit with the shape of the curlew's egg but pleased with the end result.  Lots of nice people there too, one of them was an occasional attendee from the bookbinding class that I go to.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Eggs & Feathers

Had a friend to stay this week for three nights. Apart from spending Friday at the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at the NEC we went on a 3 hour workshop with Mariette Voke at the Trumpet Tea Rooms on Thursday afternoon.  What a joy it was ....

Everyone who was there went home with a completed picture in a frame. Tea & Cake was served midway through the afternoon which was delicious.  Highly recommend a short workshop with Mariette, she is such a talented and lovely person.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


I have been trying to fashion some sparrows this week and this is my first attempt.  Think 'Spuggies' is probably a Northern name for them?

This is my stitched version but first of all I had several attempts at drawing one ....

I think it was easier drawing with the sewing machine than with pencils and pen

Monday, 13 March 2017

A few days away

Had to go to Devon for a family funeral so added a couple of extra nights on so that we could have a little holiday. Shame it was thick fog most of the time we were there but we enjoyed ourselves.

We went to Lyme Regis for a few hours on Saturday and I thought these light standards were a delight.  Also loved these rusty 'plugs'.  DH thought they were railway carriage wheels, but who knows.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Joseph's Coat at last!!

This past week I have finally finished a small quilt I began almost a year ago.  I have struggled with the design and now realise that I am half a motif out on one side.  It has not put me off and I will probably make a much larger quilt in the future as I do like the curved edges.  I used clear acrylic templates to cut out all the pieces and found them extremely easy to work with.  The idea was that I would use up lots of scraps of fabric from my huge box of cotton fabrics.  Must say the pile has not gone down much!!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sew, Sew Good

Had a lovely day last Friday stitching at a 'Sewcial' at The Yard Artspace in Cheltenham with Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd & Bean.  Lovely company, very relaxing and no huge list of requirements to take with me.  Better than a Spa Weekend I reckon!! The theme was 'Voids'.