Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Sewing Projects

If any one still occasionally glances at my blog in the hope I have written something, I am sorry that it has been so long since my last post. Unfortunately my cable that I use to transfer my photos to the lap top decided not to work anymore.  I am pleased to say I now have a new one and can now share what I have been up to over the last few weeks. Today's post is about the sewing projects that I have worked on during the month of October.

The little bears are about 4 inches high they are really fiddly to make because they are small but they are so cute.  I added red or green ribbon and a tiny bell around their neck as I hope to hang them on my Christmas tree.

Tiny bears with big hearts.
The prairie stars was doing the rounds on Facebook, a free PDF pattern from no cape mom. who can resist free patterns. I have adapted mine in size as the original is made up using a 5in charm pack, finished star 6in. My prairie star measure 3 1/2 inches and are available to purchase on my website.

Prairie point star Christmas decoration.
The Victorian ladies boots I have made before as gifts for friends and family.  They are adapted from a Tilda pattern for a little ice skate. My favourite part is deciding what embellishments to add to them.

Victorian boots with beautiful embellishments.




Up cycling costume jewelry into new decorative pin broaches.


 I have been collecting unwanted and broken costume jewellery for some time now as it great to use as embellishments. I recently purchased a pack of kilt pins that had little loops where I could attach beads and chains I am not a jewellery artist and it was a bit of a learning curve but I think they turned out great. The heart broaches are made up of wool.felt and cotton. Embellished with embroidery thread and jewels and an absolute pleasure to make.  Both are available to purchase on my website. 

Wool, felt and fabric bejewelled heart broaches.

Floss made from Melly & Me Floss and Pocket pattern.

Tilly Patch
Finally, these two beautiful bunny girls are made from a pattern I purchased from Melly & Me. The pattern is called Floss and Pocket. Pocket is a boy rabbit but when I went through my fabric stash I didn't have any fabric suitable to make Pocket's dungarees. However, I have plenty of fabric that makes beautiful dolly dresses so Tilly Patch was born. I am not sure if I will make Pocket but then again it is the perfect excuse to go fabric shopping!

Well we are now into November and I am still very busy with one thing or another which I hope to share with you all very soon. Thanks for bearing with me and dropping by. X:)


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Beach treasure finds.

My starting point Crosby beach.

The days findings

Treasures on display.


I am really quite fortunate to live so close to the Liverpool coast line and within walking distance of Crosby Marina, which is one of my favourite places.  On Saturday I felt the need to walk along the beach, feel the wind on my face, the sand between my toes and the relaxing rhythm of the sea.  However, it was not quite as idyllic as that, the weather was a constant drizzle of rain, so I did not take my shoes off and the tide was way out so I did not hear the sea and the wind was quite bracing. With all that said I had a very enjoyable two hour walk along the beach.  It is the first time I have ever walked the full length of the Anthony Gormely iron men.  Like most of us I would often pick up a pretty shell on a visit to the seaside but it wasn't until I met my beautiful friend Gill that I truly fell in love with beach combing. Gill is truly a lover of nature’s found treasures and her collections leave me breathless, as does her amazing art work which, you can see at Fishermans Path Studio. Once home I gently washed my lovely finds and left them to dry before placing them in a little craft tray box.  My favourite find of the day was the crab claw. It has the most amazing colours of rusty reds and tiny speckles of blue on it.  I am looking forward to venturing out again soon, weather permitting, to another place along the coast looking for more of natures wonderful treasures.
 


Sunday, 1 October 2017

From Silk to Chalk.

My beautiful friend Michelle outside the silk Museum in Macclesfield

House Coat made from silk maps.

Silk cloth with embroidered motifs

Tiny bird one of the motifs from a piece of silk.
Pretty Polly mini wall hanging.

At the beginning of September my beautiful friend Michelle invited me to tag a long on a trip to the Silk Museum in Macclesfield.  We had a great day strolling around the museum and finding out all about how Macclesfield was once a major player in the silk trade. Famous for their Macclesfiled silk buttons in particular.  One of the many things that fascinated me was this amazing house coat, made from silk maps during the second World War.  The pattern was in the Woman's Weekly magazine and it required 12 maps to make. How amazing is that! There was so much to take in and it was such an inspiring trip, my mind was over loaded with ideas. I was extremely sorry I did not have a sketchbook with me, to jot down notes and sketches but I did take lots of photos on my phone. Another thing that caught my eye was a small piece of silk fabric that had silk embroidered motifs on it. Honestly they were tiny. I pointed out the tiny bird motif to Michelle, who at first could not make it out. As soon as I got home I just had to make my own interpretation of the bird. Using pieces of brocade silk fabric, I made the patched background. The bird and flower came from a bundle of rainbow coloured silk fabric pieces my good friend Janet gave me. The branch I embroidered in a thick chain stitch, using silk Perle. It was such a delight to make and is title "Pretty Polly"


 A half welsh dresser

Ceramic doors nobs.

The finished welsh dresser.

Just over week ago I managed to get my hands on a half welsh dresser. I have been yearning after one for a long time but never really had the space.  I decided it was time to rearrange the sewing room and make a space for my new purchase.  Its previous owner had already started painting it white but I wanted it to be a lovely sea blue colour.  I bought a tin of chalk paint, the colour was called "Marina" and set to work.  Whilst shopping in my local Home Bargain I came across a lovely set of ceramic door nobs that where perfect for my welsh dresser, at only £1.99 for a set of two.  However, I needed four and my sister came up trumps by popping into her local Home Bargain and found me another pack of the same door nobs.  I am thrilled with how it has turned out and is right at home in my sewing room.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mono printing, sewing and a teapot.

The Royal British Legion, Liverpool.

Mono printing class in full swing.

The Greatest Show on Earth.

New teapot.
Honestly, where are the weeks going never mind the days?

A few weeks ago my gorgeous friend Michelle sent me an email with the details of an upcoming event at the Royal British Legion, organised by Up For Arts Liverpool which, is run by BBC radio Merseyside.  This particular event was mono printing with the lovely Becky and I was delighted that I was able to attend.  Mono printing is one of my favourite techniques. We made collages by cutting images out of magazines and then mono printing them on to whote sheets of paper. My collage consisted two hydrangea's which I placed in a jug, I then added a butterfly just about to land on one of the flowers. It was a great creative day with lovely company, which I really enjoyed.  I had big plans for my mono print, I was going to turn it into a textile piece of art over the next few days.  After the class I met a new friend (Ildiko) for coffee and a chat, then I did some shopping and got the bus home. It wasn't until I got home that I realised I did not have the plastic wallet that held my collage and mono print.  So sadly I can not show you what I did on the day or the amazing piece of textile art it was going to turn into.

Last week I was able to sew together my latest quilt "The Greatest Show on Earth". I just need more red fabric for the binding. I have given you a sneak peak as this will soon be available as a pattern on my website. www.sewsusantextileartist.co.uk

Last but not least I received a lovely unexpected gift from my sisters Mother-in-law, Eileen on Sunday.  Eileen bought me this gorgeous rabbit teapot as a thank you for inviting her to Sunday lunch. However, I don't think this guy will ever hold a drop of tea, he is far to pretty so, he has found a home on the shelf in my sewing room. Talking of tea I think its time for a cuppa, bye for now X:)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Ok body, I'm listening!

Wednesday: Umbrella instillation in Church Alley.

Umbrella Shadows

Thursday: Freebie chest of drawers.

Red Work

Friday: Colourful stitchery.

Mmm! Nannies cup cakes!

Saturday: Hexi quilt and TV therapy.
I can't believe it's already been a week since the launch of my website and my amazing trip to the festival of quilts.  I came home with my head buzzing with even more ideas for future projects and was looking forward to all the creative things I was going to do this week. However, you know the saying, "best laid plans"? Well I certainly did not plan on coming home from work on Sunday feeling rather unwell, to wake up Monday with a head cold that continued to develop into a chest infection that has really knocked me off my feet.  I spent Monday and Tuesday flitting between the couch, the sewing room and my bed. Needless to say not a lot of creativity was achieved.  Wednesday saw me at the Doctors and armed with antibiotics and pain killers I ventured into Liverpool City Centre for some much needed fresh air.  The umbrella instillation in Church Alley is to raise awareness of ADHD.  The sun was out as I walked under the instillation and I loved the shadows the brollies made on the pavement. They reminded me of patchwork hexagons.  Feeling a little better by Thursday (yey for the antibiotics) I decided to embark on a summer clear out of my sewing room.  I managed to empty and remove 10 of the plastic stackable drawers and put their contents into the freebie chest of drawers. Notice in the photo two of said 10 drawers with their contents, which have still got to be sorted and put away.  Believe it or not this took me hours to do and by the time I finished I was exhausted.  Later that night I managed to do a bit of doodling which turned into a little stitchery.  Friday was a continuous coughing day.  I noticed my husband had put cough mixture on our shopping list! I think he was trying to tell me something?  I had a little visitor Friday afternoon, although he is not so little anymore, my gorgeous grandson Cole. We managed to make a batch of scrummy yummy cup cakes which I had to keep supervising from a distance in between coughing fits.  Its now Saturday and I have finally given into my aching body. So today, I am going to sit on the couch with hand sewn hexi quilt, watch TV and rest. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Festival of quilts 2017.




"My Liverpool Home"

Mr Stuart Hillard

My "Eleanor Stuart" quilt.

Margaret and Andrew Beal.

Annabel Rainbow, Laura Kemshall, me and Linda Kemshall.



Yesterday I visited the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham NEC and oh boy what a whirl wind of a visit it was.  My first port of call was to the "In the spot Light Exhibition" to see my quilt "My Liverpool Home". There I met the lovely Rosemary Preece who has been my go between regarding this exhibition.  As you can see from the fab photo, I met Stuart Hillard, who is such a tonic.  He very kindly took a few minutes out of signing his new book, to hear all about my Eleanor Stuart quilt.  This was inspired by his log cabin quilt that I saw when I heard him speak at regional day in October 2016.  This quilt will soon become available as a pattern on my new website so please keep an eye out for it.  I caught up with some people I already knew and also made quite a few new friends.  I chatted away to the very talented Gillian Travis and her friend Fiona such lovely ladies. A quick hello to Jennie Rayment, then I popped over to Margaret Beals stall. I became a fan of Margaret's work many years ago when I read an article in Stitch magazine.  I was fortunate to meet her at  FOQ and purchased her book, some felt piece and a soldering iron.  I always stop by to say hi to her and he husband, Andrew, such a great couple who always make me feel welcome. Last but not least my trip would not be complete if I did not drop by to say hi to my beautiful FOQ friends Laura and Linda kemshall.  Again I met Laura and Linda a few years back at FOQ and at the time I was such a big fan of their work, I was completely in awe when I met them in person. However, they chatted away to me and made me feel like we had known each other for ages.  Yesterday was no exception when I popped along to their stand TG9 to say hello and see their amazing exhibition "Through Our Hands a Portrait Shuffle" hosted by Laura and Annabel,. Well done ladies on a fabulous exhibition.   Finally, I'd like to say a big thank you to all the people who took the time to chat to me and if you took a business card, please drop by my website or my facebook page or even find me on instagram and say hello. X:)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Count down to website launch.

My new business cards.

Alice 1

Mad Hatter

Alice 2
My website goes live on Friday 11th August I am so excited but a little nervous at the same time but I have had the most amazing support from family and friends it has been overwhelming. I am truly blessed to have such fantastic positive people in my life, thank you all for the good wishes you have sent me for my launch.

Last week my new business cards arrived, I am so happy with them. I have been handing them out as a way of promoting my website.  During the week I met a lovely lady Delia Brady-Jacobs the proprietor of  Hobo Kiosk, fab vintage shop in Liverpool Baltic Triangle.  Delia very kindly gave me a beautiful woollen skirt which will eventually make a gorgeous rabbit. She also gave me a little set of Alice in wonderland stamped images on pieces of fabric. I wanted to thank Delia for her gifts so I came home and made her these three small canvas textile collages using the fabric stamped images. This was way out my comfort zone but I really enjoyed making them and Delia loved her unexpected gift. 


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Getting there slowly.

Tweeking then tweeking again, writting up patterns.

Tada two patterns complete and my business cards.

Girls Toys and Boys Toys quilts

Museum day with my gorgeous little guy.
I can not believe it is August already! Er hello, where did July go! Well I guess thats what happens when you are so busy building your little empire and by that I mean my website. Although with that said Colin has done all the website hard work, I have been busy creating new designs.  I think the launch date will be very soon but we still have quite a few things to do before I can comfirm a date. I have a date in mind just not sure its achievable.  On Sunday we spent most of the day writting up the patterns. I would like to thank my lovely friends Janet Mc, Hillary and Peter K these have been my red pen peeps, proof reading my patterns and their help and advice has been amazing.

I did however, manage to take time out of the sewing room on Thursday and went off to the Museum of Liverpool with my gorgeous grandson Cole. We took our sketch books and pencils, we did lots of drawings of the fish in the aquaruim then up to Ancient Egypt where we took lots of photos. I had a fabulous day and it was good to get out. Well folks better get back to the never ending to do list and first on the list today is boring house work. x:(


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Taking the plunge.

Paige on her Graduation day.

Girls Toys and Boys Toys.

Quilting my latest quilt.
A peak in the sketch book showing some doodles and ideas for my circus quilt.



I took a little time out at the beginning of the week to attend my beautiful niece, Paige Jones graduation at Nottingham Trent University.  She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in International Law. We are all so proud of her and it was a great couple of days with glorious sunshine.

It is a true saying time flys when your having fun.  I have been enjoying a burst of creativity, drawing, researching, designing and making new quilts and the days are flying by.  I can not get the ideas out of my head fast enough, into my sketchbooks. then made into a quilt or doll, fabric postcard etc, it can be a little exhausting and there is never enough time.  Mind you I am not complaining, creativity is a very fragile thing and can disappear in the blink of an eye, so I am making the most of it.  It has come at a great time as I will be launching my very own website soon. I am so excited, as well as a little nervous, as it is a big thing to put not only your work but yourself as a artist out there.  I am truly blessed to have an amazing husband, who has created the website for me. He also takes the photographs of my pieces and transforms my patterns in photo shop, yep I am a lucky girl.  I have a fantastic family and friends who have not only given me great feedback but their support, which means so much to me. If you would like to take a sneak peak at my website please go to:                 

http://susanpierce16.wixsite.com/sewsusan


I hope you enjoy your visit and please leave a comment as they are always appreciated. X:)


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Much needed therapy.

A selection of sketchbooks I am working in at the minute.

A glimpse of whats inside as they can be quite differant from one to another.

Over the last few weeks I have been enjoying the most amazing burst of creativity. It has been keeping me on my toes designing and making new quilts, one of which I am hoping will be entered into the Great Northern quilt show Harrogate in September.  Sadly this journey came to an abrupt stop over the weekend when I fell ill and had to visit A&E with suspected gall stones. I am pleased to say it was not gall stones and whilst I need further investigations it looks like it may have been a bad gastric bug. Thankfully I am feeling lots better but its amazing how being physically ill had a knock on affect to my mental health. I found I could not concentrate and my imagination that beforehand was over flowing with ideas was jumbled, confused and almost lost. It made me more upset than the pain I was in until yesterday, when I decided to pick up a pencil and opened my sketch book.  It was slow going at first but 24 hours later and boy I am on a roll again. I know some people think you have to be able to draw to keep a sketch book but that is simply not true. I am encouraging my 7 year old grandson to keep one at the moment and as far as I know he is really enjoying it. Some people keep a diary or a journal maybe even a book of notes or ideas, what ever works for you is whats best. I just love to doodle and this is often done sitting on the couch whilst my husband is watching something on the telly that I am not really into. Sometimes I have an idea but can't quite draw the concept just from my imagination so I go on the internet and do some research. Some may say this is cheating but I asure you it is not as some of the best drawings come from observation and real life.  I was introduced to keeping a sketch book in 2006 as part of my City & Guilds and I have never looked back.  There are always going to be pages that you love and pages that you hate, as we all strive for perfection. However, I have over the years discovered there is always something to learn from a page that has not worked out quite the way you wanted it to. This is my therapy, my form of medication and I urge anyone who has health issues to give it a go.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Mini journal flip.

This is a mini journal I made inspired by a you tube video by Tracy Scott. I have used lots of different mixed medias and techniques to create backgrounds, then I collaged images from magazines and used them as focal points. I am a complete novice in the world of art journaling but I love it, I just need to practise more. I am really pleased with the way this mini journal book turned out, hope you all enjoy it too. X:)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Danielle Donaldson and whimsical girls.

My attempt at a water coloured whimsical girl.


 
One of Danielles Whimsical girls

I adore books and I recently purchased "Creative Girl" by the amazing artist Danielle Donaldson. I am in love with her beautiful water colour doodles and whimsical girls. I thought today I'd have a little play at doing my own whimiscal girl using her technique of using water colour paints. I also managed to fit it a bit of sewing but I can't share that at the moment as it is for my in the spot light challenge. All in all it has been a lovely creative day.