Monday, 8 December 2014
|Postcard swap with Iraelia.|
|My first Christmas card all the way from Bermuda from Tanya|
Sunday, 30 November 2014
|Pencil drawing of a Honey Suckle|
|Rough Sketch of a bird in flight over a messy background.|
|Pen drawing of a sunflower head onto hand dyed cotton fabric .|
|Daisy under the sunflower head on the same piece of fabric.|
|Water colour painting of Crab Apples|
|Poppy not letting me finish the water colour of the crab Apples.|
Sunday, 16 November 2014
|Demo by Lisa Winnard in Southport Craft Shop.|
|My lovely friend Hilary's sew a row quilt.|
|The Forgotten Seamstress Quilt|
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
|Cuff before ebelishments.|
|Front of Cuff Sketchbook|
|Back of cuff sketchbook.|
|Various weights of paper.|
Sunday, 2 November 2014
At the risk of repeating myself I am truly blessed. Yesterday, I had a fabulous day with members of region 13 at our area day in Crosby. The speaker was a very talented lady called Nichola Hulmston "Ninneynoo". She told us about her journey so far in the world of stitch and mixed media which was really interesting. She has recently started selling pieces of her work in her Etsy shop. Nichola's pieces where full of vintage charm as well as childhood memories and where a joy to see. The afternoon work shop was great, we turned an old shirt cuff into a vintaged collage needle case. I turned up with a black shirt cuff and though it is a gorgeous, it did not quite go with the vintage theme. However, my lovely friend Gwen kindly gave me her two cuffs as she was not able to stay for the afternoon. I decided to make Gwen's needle case first. I sat with my fab LB friends and our lovely region coordinator Val. We all had a great time lots of chatter and laughter oh yes and lots of coughing from me (sorry girls). When I got home I finished Gwen's and I then had to make one for myself. Here are the two vintage collage needle cases. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that Gwen will like hers. Now sadly, its back to uni work :(
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Yesterday Natalie and I went to visit Paige. We had a fab day walking around Nottingham city centre. We even managed to find the Cathederal, once inside we lit three candles in memory of my Mum, Dad and Terry. Then it was on to one of our favourite places "The White Rabbit Tea Room", where we had a very scrummy tea for three.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Yesterday I took time out from the endless Uni work and enjoyed a great day sewing with my Liverbird friends. It was bring your own sewing project so I decided to make Alfie's clothes. Unfortunately, I did not manage to make Alfie's shirt, possibly due to a combination of drinking tea, eating scrummy cakes (whoops there goes the diet) and definitely to much chatter, I ran out of time. I had a fab day, lots of laughter as usual and amazing company. I am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful bunch of ladies. Thanks Janet for arranging these wonderful sewing days.
Now for something completely different: Comments:Please note, if you leave a comment I always reply to you in the comment box below. However, my lovely friend Lin has advised me that sometimes people may not always know this. She has kindly shown me how to reply to people who leave comments, on my blog, by email in my blog settings. Fingers crossed, we think it has worked so in the future if you leave a comment my reply will go to your email. Thanks for all your help Lin. So please leave a comment so I may test this. I look forward to hearing from you all. X:)
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Last Saturday (11th October) was regional day, the speakers where, Gillian Travis and Val Jackson. Both are amazingly talented textile artist. I have met Gillian a few times at FOQ and I have to confess I adore her work. I've even bought a couple of her kits, some of you who read my blog, may remember the Indian ladies and more recently Kira, both Gillian Travis pieces. I have to confess I had not herd of Val Jackson but after seeing her work and listening to her talk I was blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed both speakers and as ever had a great time. I had the pleasure of sitting by my friend Jackie Martin and two of her friends, who just happen to show me a challenge they had done in their group. They had made the most adorable little sewing purse/pouches out of a circle and half a circle, Such a simple but extremely clever idea. I tried to discretely put Jackie's in my bag but my cunning plan was foiled and I had to give it back. For days I have fought the urge to raid my stash and make myself one. I finally gave in last night and abandoned the homework to make one. Even though I say so myself it turned out pretty good. Considering I didn't have a pattern and only my memory to rely on (not alway a good combination). These will make great little Christmas gifts for several friends I just have to find the time to make them!
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Oh dear I am so ashamed, last week I was asked by a wonderfully talented lady Lin http://stvictorquilts.blogspot.co.uk/ to take part in a World wide blog hop. I was very flattered that she asked me and I said yes. I was supposed to do my post on Monday and I completely forgot all about it until I have just been reading my friend Lin's blog. Lin I can not apologise enough. I thought maybe better late than never so here goes.
What have I been working on?
Sadly I have not managed to do any sewing over the last two weeks as I am now back at uni and I have very little spare time to sew for pleasure. I am currently working on two new briefs the first is designing 4 D Shaped flags for a Festival. Whilst the second brief is all to do with the Language of Text, Typography in Textiles. The latter is in its early stages so I am currently researching and looking at other artist who use text in their work. My research took me to China town on Saturday where I took several photos.
|The Chinese Gates Liverpool.|
Err. Can I ask a friend as I'm not sure I can answer this? I don't compare my work to that of other quilters or textile artist I just do whatever grabs my creative attention at the time. I might see a quilt in a magazine or book and think mmm I like that I think I'll make it. I watch endless You Tube videos mainly on art journaling and mixed media and I think ooo I need to get my paints out and get messy. At the moment I like to mix the two together in my fabric postcards.
Why do I create what I do?
Oh that's easy! I simple love being creative because I enter a world of imagination and endless possibilities, a beautiful escapism. I have so many things that I am passionate about, (please do not confuse this with "I am good at" Noooo :) quilts, drawing, painting and crafting.
How does my creating process work?
I am a great believer in the Sketchbook. Now I know its not every ones cuppa but for me its my bible, a life line of thoughts and ideas. I was introduced to using a sketch book when I did my City & Guild in Patchwork and Design in 2004/2008. I was totally hooked and Ive kept one (OK maybe several) on the go ever since. Some ideas materialise, whilst others may never see the light of day. This is how "The Balloon" quilt began its life, as a little sketch of a rabbit in a sketchbook.
Where did September go? Life is busy again with uni but I was stopped in my tracks yesterday when I realised it was the first of October. Last month my daily drawing challenge did not go as well as I would have liked so I decided to invest in a new A5 landscape sketchbook and a packet of Faber Castell graphite pencils and start again. Seeing as I don't have any other work to share with you I thought I'd share yesterdays daily sketch challenge. I think there is something so lovely when dandelions start to seed. I like to think of them as little wishes carried away by the wind.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
I love drawing and painting but sitting for to long can be hard on the hip joints, not to mention my back. After a couple of hours doing uni homework I decided to go for a little walk. With no particular place in mind I soon found myself at the local car boot sale. It was late and people where already packing up but as I entered this book was the only thing on the table of the first car. It was only 30p, what a bargain. It is beautifully illustrated and ties in perfectly with the brief I am currently working on as the theme I have chosen is plants. I am sure it would also make a great altered book and if I am lucky enough to do a work shop with Laura Kemshall next year this is the book I will use.
Friday, 26 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
|Journal soup 2 online workshop with Kate Crane.|
|Daily drawing day two.|
|Daily drawing day four.|
Monday, 8 September 2014
|Luna and Alfie.|