Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
We are now counting down the days like an advent calendar and as the 31st of December creeps ever closer I wonder will 2009 be as exciting as this one?
Having said all this, DH has hit the ground running and has had a number of interviews with other companies in his field and is also looking at consultancy work and he is very positive about the future - Credit Crunch! What credit crunch??
Tomorrow the postman should be posting an offer through the door, which will hopefully give the wolf that is hovering by it a good seeing to!
DH has a full social diary at the moment - "Your first Christmas Party tonight, Dad?" asked Son as DH came home and changed. "No, Son. Just the first of many leaving do's I am invited to". As there's 450 leaving these parties might end in March!!!!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
My Leafy Quilt
I brought the "wrong" wadding, but define "wrong", yes it was thicker than recommended but when you see the final piece I am glad that I did what I did. The leaves that are quilted here all stand out in a rich 3D sculpted form.
To make the leaves stand out I quilted inbetween them with lots and lots of swirly free motion machine stitching.
And I didn't stop until it looked like this!
Here is Ferret taming a sewing machine, they all seemed to try our patience at one time during the day! No matter, Ferret had them sorted.
The background with border and binding, done the Ferret way.
I would try and describe this but, not only would it infringe on Ferret's workshop, it's also too hard to begin to describe and the quilt was nearly thrown through the window in frustration. Fortunately I won in the end, just don't take a close look at the stitching!
Sunday and last night was spent cutting out leaves that will be sewn onto the top...once this has been done I shall post a photo of the completed quilt.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Thanks Sara for your email, yes, I'm still alive and nothing onerous has happened to stop the postings.
Since Alexander Palace I have been rather busy putting a stop to the nagging I have received from the family since the summer holidays, "Now we're all at big school will you be getting a job?" - see previous post 28th August for my angst ridden plea, details of how I have found an answer to follow soon...
DH has, in the nicest sort of way, put "the cat amongst the pigeons" with a major life decision, again details to follow soon...
I do have coursework to download, but the computer has only just come back from the menders and everyone has been using it for homework, revision and stuff. I know I am on it now while everyone is at work and school, but I really should be elsewhere doing other things, as usual!
I am on a quilting workshop on Saturday with Ferret. We will be creating quilts similar to "Storm" - lots of leaves - must remember to get down the park for some templates!
So hopefully I shall be blogging Sunday with the results of that.
I promise to blog, with full glorious technicolor, all what has been going on very, very soon!
Bye for now
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Catch a snippet of Cathy's style of songs on You Tube.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
While at Maggie's stall I showed her photographs of the catalogues disintregrating in my garden, I'm sure I wasn't the first and not the last to do this over the week-end!
Clive said we will need to leave them out until November and then they will be used in the online course connected with the new book. Something to look forward to...
At Ario I purchased some Moon Shadow walnut ink sprays something Maggie suggested was a good idea to have when she taught at the Summer School in 2007, luckally this pack contains the colours being used in my module (remember the rule?) so I can spray the wet paper pulp to give it an interesting tint. Whilst checking through the workroom drawers last week I rediscovered some luster powders which suggested on the packaging that usuing Arabic gum would be a good way to use the luster powders - so I got some, again another way to make the handmade paper interesting. The third item is 3D medium - the stuff that expands when heated with a heat gun - more texture to the handmade paper.
These interesting goodies were found on Craftynotions stall. The moulding mesh with do what it says on the packaging! Thought this would be good for the grids I need to make, add pulp and stitching then carefully heat and see what happens - I have great hopes for this. Wiggle Mesh is a similar product with heat it - mold it - distress it - stitch it on the lable so that is what I'll do! The other package is grunge board, I'm intending to pop all the circles out and weave into it, add pulp and see what happens...
I saw this lovely silk thread and had to limit myself to the module colours - blue, yellow and brown - and that was difficult as they came in a miriad of shades!
More bobins for my machines - I never seem to have an empty one when I need one!
The other bobbins are for my Lucet, I don't want to take off the thread that are on the two bobins that came with it, so got three more to put on the module 4 colours to make cord to weave into the grids.Now when I said that I had set myself rules regarding the shopping list...well I broke them!
I saw some thread nets - the net covers that hold the threads on the bobbin to stop them tangling and some gold Maderia thread for a sample I am hoping to make.
With the Church Bazaar in November I bought this ribbon to make Christmas ornaments with. There will be a stall having a "bauble raffle"
Shopping over by 4.50pm -this was a first as we are usually kicked out on the 5.30pm closing call! We left to have a closer look around the foyer.
At the entrance Tetley Tea were celebrating their anniversary with a huge tea bag.
And this "Coral Reef" was being added to by the visitors
Have a close look at the photos to see if you can find Nemo!
We headed by tube to the Sushi restaurant by St. Paul's Cathedral, only to find at Chancery Lane an announcement saying St. Paul's tube station was shut for maintenance so we jumped off the tube and walked!
Once we had finished our lovely meal at Yo!Sushi we found St. Paul's glowing in lamp light!
We crossed the Millennium Bridge and sauntered down the South Bank on the way to Waterloo.
Lasers were being projected cross the river where a bridge once stood, it was very effective and had gathered a crowd! We carried on in the fresh Autumn air...and captured the London Eye.
This could be inspiration for a project!At Waterloo whilst waiting for the train, we people watched and were impressed with this jacket!
Not a great photograph, but you get the feel of it!
Then it was home to bed and dreams of what to do with the goodies...
Friday, 10 October 2008
I'm so ready for this that I have already cooked the stew for DH and Son's Saturday evening meal so all they have to do is buy some crusty bread tomorrow and heat up the stew. Daughter and I will probably be found somewhere in London eating Sushi, or break our journey home and call in at Richmond for our favourite Pizza Express. Either way it's nice to have a special time together and at 14 yrs old I very much doubt she will be joining me for much longer.
Is anyone else venturing to Ally Pally tomorrow?
If there are any Distant Stitchers going, would you like to meet up for a coffee?
I shall definitely be calling in on Maggie Grey for her new book and to show her the photos of my sodden catalogues!!!!
Thursday, 2 October 2008
After a busy September of organising the Children back into school routine, Church Flower rota - will have to tell the Lady who organises this that September is not a good month for me - and the renovating of the Banner. I was hoping for the first Thursday of October to be the first whole day I could devote to Coursework BUT OH NO... School decided that today would be an INSET day as the Children had been busy helping at the Open Evening until 8.30pm last night and they needed a rest day. Inbetween helping Daughter to pack her rucksack for her Duke of Edinburgh experdition this weekend - she goes tomorrow after school - and helping Son with homework I just managed some time this afternoon to play with the Photoshop Pro. I am a complete novice and should have some lessons, but I did get some interesting images for the sketchbook.
Orange/Gold Stamps with Contour
I like the Contour effect and I hope this piece will be inspire some interesting paper designs. The ideas are busy running through my mind with awhole lot of other personal stuff at the moment, but that's another blog for another day...
Monday, 29 September 2008
Well, that was a challenge! At 3pm yesterday I walked the MU banner to the altar for a rededication blessing to begin the 80th anniversary of my branch of the Mothers' Union. It had been quite a fortnight and I hope I have done a good job. The leather work now sparkles instead of crumbling to pieces. To try to stop this happening again - age not withstanding - I now have to create a travelling bag similar to a suit bag, as previously it was rolled and put in a bag with the poles.
The back of the banner
The Front of the banner,
More leather work on the Front
I have often looked at this and thought how clever
and talented the Ladies who made this banner were...
So it was with a bit of disappointment I found it had been made elsewhere and had cost £32 (1975 prices)
I have placed this information on the back of the Madonna so when it is next restored - 33 years later - the information will be found!
The Completed Banner
I hope I look less formidable than the original photograph of the two Ladies!
Six other branches from our Diocese joined us and brought their own banners
So that was what I have been up to while I have been blogquiet.
Now I must get on with the Coursework!
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Here is the new letter L inplace for crouching down
Look at the "F" to see how worn the leather has got. It is crumbling as I remove it. Amazingly the Ladies who made the banner atleast 40 years ago glued down the leather before sewing which is adding to the work as I need to remove the glue spots before replacing the letters.
So this is the final post tonight as I need to get atleast two more letters done before bedtime!
Dawn was a good teacher and moved around the group all day - helping members out with machine problems and advising with choices of colours. The photo abouve shows Dawn explaing how to place the rings using my colourway.
This photo shows the rings all plaited together. I really am amazed by how the fabrics go together although I'm not convinced about the background. I was having an economy drive and was not prepared to go and spend a huge amount of money on a technique I was unsure I would like. So I raided the stash! Well, I do like the technique and may make a "proper" quilt next time. This top needs sewing down and quilting - off to the WIPS pile it goes!!!!!
The Argos book is still under the Quince bush and will probably get a watering tomorrow as there as been no rain since the last time I watered it!
I am looking forward to going to Ally Pally so I can see Maggie Grey and show her the photos of the books in the garden - I doubt that I shall be the only one!!!
Now I can Lucet away til my hearst content! All thanks to Ziggy. All of you who visit Ally Pally in October will proably know who I mean, he is usually in the knitting area where the fashion shows take place, tuck around the edges with the Guilds and Societies - he is usually with the Braid Society, or is that Guild?
Monday, 15 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
I like a challenge and all the better when Nature is going to be involved.
So when Maggie Grey threw down the challenge to slash a thick catalogue and leave it outside in the garden to see what happens, and asks us to come back later to see what we can do with it, is too intriguing to miss.
I came to this idea through Lynda Monk who has placed her book in the middle of the lawn. I have put mine under the Quince shrub near my shed in hope that the snails and slugs that are around at the moment will do their bit!
I am now not allowed to bring it in until Maggie says so, so watch this space for updates!