Sunday, 29 March 2015

Hello All

Hi. Yes I'm still here. 
Sincere apologies for not having posted for 4 months - no excuses, life just gets in the way sometimes.
So this first post will be a resume of those four months - culminating in an internationally observed event!
Snowy January 2015
 I have made a few things 
Holiday in Penzance
Eclipse - honest

The funeral cortege of Richard III
So - that was a quick run through what I've been up to.
Lots more sewing and textile things to come.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Emily Carr Exhibition - Dulwich Picture Gallery

Hi all.
Yesterday I treated myself to a trip to London and went to see the first exhibition in the UK about a famous Canadian artist called Emily Carr.
I'd never heard of her before but saw that Catherine Nicholls was running a class next year at the Bramble Patch inspired by her work.
The exhibition was very well displayed and combined large pictures with artefacts and sketchbooks. The audio guide was particularly useful in providing interesting background information.
Emily focussed on recording her surroundings in British Columbia and also the deteriorating artefacts of the indigenous peoples whose population had been decimated by disease. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Busy busy busy

Hello all.
I hope you're all well.
Apologies that I haven't posted for a little while.  I've been really busy - lots of classes and a sewing retreat too!
So here are a few things I've been up to.
Firstly I had a great time on a Pauline Verrinder class.  Tried lots of new things that I hope to finish.  Here they are - work in progress:

 And last weekend I had a great time at a sewing retreat.  I took some projects along that needed finishing off.  It was lovely to meet up with friends and have a good catch up and lots of time sewing with someone else sorting out all your meals.

So - been very busy.
Take care all.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Work in progress - English Paper Piecing

I thought you might like to see what I'm working on.  This EPP (English Paper Piecing) project will, hopefully, end up a 20 inch cushion.  It has made me realise that doing close work works better if I take my contact lenses out!
The pattern is from 'I love patchwork and quilting' which I have now subscribed to. It's a lovely magazine and I'd suggest you have a look at it.
I have a class tomorrow which I'll be sure to take lots of photos of.
Take care all.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hardanger - the clue is in the title!

So yesterday I attended a class with Vicki Mansfield with the Leamington Embroiderers Guild.
She is an amazing embroiderer and had wowed us the previous evening with examples of her work. Now, I'm not great at formal stitching - I'm much more laissez faire in my approach, so I knew this was going to be a real challenge. And boy was it a challenge.
So this is what we were aiming for:
 And this is how it progressed throughout the day  

It was tough and I've never attended a class that was sooooo quiet!  All that concentration.  Although I did find it hard I was pleased to have tried something very different, which is the whole point of joining the guild.

Monday, 29 September 2014


Hello all.
I'm back from a holiday in Falmouth.  The weather was amazing.  We did lots of stuff, a visit to Pendennis Castle, a boat trip and some great meals too. 
On the way back we visited Wells.
Here area few photos:

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Wow - September already. How did that happen?
I have been busy doing some sewing, but will show you more in another post.
Yesterday I went to Oxford with two lovely friends. The main point of our visit was to see The Eye of the Needle at the Ashmolean.
There were about 50 pieces on display, and they were amazing.  The work was so fine.  Some of the cutwork looked like lace.  It was also interesting to see how they combined such a range of stitches. A number of the pieces were quite formulaic, with the same features repeated in many of the pieces which showed how many of them must have used a pattern book. 
And then - we couldn't resist it - we went to The Pitt Rivers Museum.  And all I can saw is WOW.  I have been before but had forgotten quite how amazing it was, and in parts how gruesome. 
An amazing Victorian collection. 
Some weird items - shrunken heads, a totem pole, a parka coat made of seal intestine and anything else you could think of.