Saturday, 26 November 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Obviously every 11th September has a bitter sweet edge to it since 2001,
but it's my Dad's birthday and I hope he has had a lovely day while on his holiday.
He deserves it.
So here's hoping Dad has continuing good health
and David has lots of courage to complete his challenge.
And to the survivors and families of 9/11 you are in my prayers
Friday, 9 September 2011
This is the last Goldwork Update for a while, unless I can find a way to complete 4 new orders, my City & Guild course work, my new venture and not sleep!
So it's off to the WiP pile until time allows.
I've also added cut work to some of the stem padding
Not to far to go now, the end is in sight.
Can you see what it is yet?
Design created, tracing made and pricked.
Fabric being stretched.
Currently deciding which stitches and which coloured wools are going where.
This is not a project, this is a serious piece of work...
...and there are 8 weeks to do it!
This was week One, I shall give you a weekly update - weekly!
Monday, 29 August 2011
and some may have wondered if any more would have been done
- would it be added to the W.I.P. pile?
The answer to that is no, I have continued to cover the padding and so far the "flowers" and "leaves" look like this...
making the whole sampler look like this...
Still plenty to do so I'll post more photos when there is more progress!
After a wonderful week at the Royal School of Needlework I was back down to earth with washing and packing for our annual holiday.
This year was Longleat Center Parcs, the one I usually go to for my girlie weekend in Oct/Nov.
We had a lovely villa with a great view from the patio
We awoke on the first morning to find this deer outside of our window
Rain didn't stop play here but added a serious hazard that even Rory McIlroy would have trouble with and as for retrieving the ball from the hole - when we finally found it - was a very wet experience indeed.
On the last morning we had a "good bye" from the duckings and their mother.
They had visited daily to check we were enjoying ourselves
The rest of our holiday time has been spent visiting the Parents up in the North West.
We are blessed to still have a full set each living in the same village.
and spent a lovely evening playing dominoes.
Keeping it traditional
It's always good to spend time with Mum and Dad especially after the last two years of the medical upheaval of breast cancer - both of them! - and the subsequent difficulties of the chemo and radiotherapy that my Dad endured. All now is well and we hope they will be taking up the invitation of sharing Christmas with us.
Friday, 5 August 2011
Embroidery silks with Pearl Purl
As time was against me so I did as much as I could to remind me how to finish each piece
Cut Work added to the main stem
Silk Shading, Crewel Work and more Gold Work yet to be added
So this is where I have been all week, on the upper floors above the Royal Apartments
It is close to where the imfamous fire started all those years ago and it has been restored as close to how it would have originally looked. It is wonderful to be in such a historic building and when I arrive, before the tourists, I am able to walk through the Tudor area and soak in the atmosphere, half expecting hoards of servants to be rushing around getting breakfast ready for the King!
All areas padded and colour added to the Pearl Purl stems
The flower on the top left hand side will have Silk Shading
Thursday, 4 August 2011
It took up alot of the morning
I finally got to move onto something new.
Couching Down Twist and Passing Threads,
using a purple stranded thread for decoration
For some reason after uploading, deleting and uploading again Blogger insists on putting the last two photos upside down!
Completed crouched leaf section
Carpet Felt Padding today!