Sunday, 15 April 2018

Weekend stitching...

The pleasure that I get from doing this stitching...

...is simply beyond measure.

With all the rotten stuff going on in this world at the minute...

...I feel so glad that I have such wonderful creative distractions in my life!!




Thursday, 12 April 2018

Four New Brooches....

...are now sitting in my ETSY shop.

I've really loved making these...

...I hope they go to good homes soon! :-)





Sunday, 8 April 2018

Playing with stitches...

Because of the way I seem to be working these days...

...I thought it would be a good idea to have a little bit of "playtime" with edging stitches...

...trying out stitch and colour combinations...

...and building up a "library" of different styles to use on various projects.

"Page" number 1 has been finished...

...and I'm eager to make a start on number 2 so enjoyable was it to do!!



I've used various threads from Oliver Twists; Stef Francis & 21st Century Yarns...

...plus some of my favourite Empress Mills Machine Metallics.

The background fabric (as usual) is Wool/Viscose felt from Empress.

Happy Sunday folks!!

x C

Sunday, 1 April 2018

"Celtic Dreams" #2

Here's another printed piece that has now been machine-stitched...





I'm trying to get as much machine work done as I can...

...so that I'll have plenty of hand-stitching to do when on holiday...

It's not long now... :-)

x C

Friday, 30 March 2018

New project - "Celtic Dreams"

Well...

...this weekend I was going to be showing some Winter festive projects...

...but a change of plan has saved you from that one so early in the year!!

So...

...you have this one instead...

...a sort-of Easter festive project (I suppose)...

...in the shape of a Celtic Cross that has been printed and machine stitched.






This is but one of a series...

...that will find their ways into a small book entitled "Celtic Dreams".

Lots and lots and lots of hand stitching still to be done though...

Have a very Happy Easter weekend folks!!

x C

Monday, 26 March 2018

Playing with print on fabrics...

Yes. I know that I do this anyway...

...but this time it's a bit different!

At the show I treated myself to a new 6" gel plate...

...some inkpads...

...and some lovely Lavinia Stamps and also some from Card-io :-)

Last weekend, along with working on my Venice sketchbook...

...I began playing with the gel plate onto some Empress Mills Egyptian Cotton.

I deliberately chose this fabric because it's brilliantly white...

...and a very close, smooth weave so the surface is almost like paper to print onto.

I found it better to iron it onto some freezer paper first as I knew that I wanted to use polymer stamps later.

I did the backgrounds with inks on the plate...

...then stamped afterwards.

I didn't photograph all the stages this time...

...I was just playing after all...

...but here are the results of my first attempts...








I want to do some stitching...

...but, given the fine surface I'll probably use machine thread - by hand....

Updates will follow...

x C

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Return to Venice...

At last I have some time to myself...

...where I can enjoy a long-awaited return to Venezia.

I had so much to do for the show that I couldn't even think about it before...

...but today is another day!! :-)


I simply HAD to paste in a GAZZETTINO heading...

...being a big fan of Donna Leon's Brunetti novels!!




...and some postcard bits that I picked up while there...




We loved our hotel - Casa Sant' Andrea, a converted monastery...so peaceful...




Along the front wall we found some lovely small Byzantine-type mosaics...

...of Santa Chiara and Sant Francesco of Assissi.

My fingers are already itching to begin cutting out tiny squares of coloured paper!!




We found them after going under some  arches one evening...

...so this stencil came in useful :-)




AND....I noticed the word "Venezia" on the piece of a page that I'd stuck on!

Serendipity always plays with you eh?




Some of my photos of our first glimpse of the Grand Canal.

Rather than cutting square, I've used a fancy cutting die for all of my pictures...

...and used some Distress Inks to darken the edges.




I'm lining pages with Italian handwriting paper...





...and some pages from a Savanarola book I picked up for £1 in Hay-on-Wye.




Plenty more pages to go yet...

Have a great weekend folks

x C