Thursday, 15 February 2018

Working on a couple of "Book of Shadows" pages for my "Caria" story

Some of you may know that there is a lot of interesting stuff going on at the "Near & Far Creative Textile Group" on Facebook.

I started my story some time ago...

...and made a large book for it (although I didn't know at the time exactly WHAT it's purpose would be).

Well...

...it seems that Caria will be inheriting a "Book of Shadows" or "Grimoire"...

...all sorts of "magic" stuff for her life-journey.

I had abfew monutes between things yesterday...

...so I did some stencil work...

...and a few bits of Runic Writing....



...and put in some lovely "Stamperia" papers (with a bit of stenciling on top).




I'm hoping to get some more done over the next few weeks...

...before the NEC...

...but, for now, all is on hold as cases are packed...

...and we have an adventure to go on!! :-)

x C

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sashiko samples piling up!!

This pile of Sashiko workshop samples is piling up nicely!

I've done the larger pieces...

...and have top-stitched around all the hexagons...

...which I much prefer to seeing them plain.




I know I won't get them all finished before Venice...

...but they won't take me too long...

...and they'll be up on my stand at the NEC in March!! :-)

Now I need to go tidy my table.

I had one avalanche yesterday...

...and there'll be more to follow if I don't move some of the stuff!

x C

Friday, 9 February 2018

"Stitching Magic" now available as a download

At Last!!

My book "Stitching Magic" is now available as a digital download in my ETSY shop.


I had it re-printed 3 times...

...but now it's time to go digital. :-)

I'm not minded to print any more books/projects, but will make them all available as downloads as and when they are finished.

(It's taken me most of today so sort this out and now...I've had enough of staring at this damned screen so I'm off to the sewing machine instead!!)

x C

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New batch of "Leather Paper"

The laundry machine got good use yesterday...

...producing these beauties!!




They are actually slightly different colours...

...these are more brown/terracotta...





...while these are brown/greeny-yellow...






I don't think they show up too well on screen...

...but they do in front of my eyes!! :-)

I shall have a few pieces for sale on my stand at the NEC this time...

...but not a huge number, so get in early!!

x C

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Dragon's Eggs - batch #2

Here are a few more...

...the pile is growing!!

This first one is very similar to the other, smaller ones I showed before...




...but these two are a bit different...

...as I've put a lot more "knobbly" texture on them.





Oh! What fun I am indeed having!! :-)

Happy Sunday folks...

x C

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Venezia - at last!

We don't normally do anything impulsive...

...choosing to think and plan well ahead before going anywhere...

...or doing anything "big".

This week however...

...we've been very impulsive...

...and despite having loads of stuff to get done for workshops, shows etc...

...I took yesterday off...

...and made my travel journal...

...for Venice...

...which we will be visiting in a couple of weeks! Yey!! At last!!

Thank goodness I had a sheet of Cavallini paper with a map and lines of Grand Canal Palaces...

...all of which have been used in my journal...

...that I made out of B&Q lining paper that's been gesso'd.

The front cover has the name... a picture map and some stencilling.




Some of the pages have been stencilled...and a line of palazzo stuck across the bottom edges.




Little pockets for extra little books lay snugly in between page spreads.





Finally, the large map has been folded and stuck to the inside of the back cover....




...which has another map, more palazzi and stencilling.




I have some appropriate rubber stamps to use...

...but I'm minded to see how much of the book I fill while I'm there.

It will all get finished off when we get back...

...and I've come back down to earth!!

Between us:-

3 cameras; several spare/charged batteries; spare sim cards...

...we are planning to take ga-zillions of photos!

Walls...windows...doors...details...and much, MUCH more :-D

I am EXCITED!!

x C

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Big Reveal - Dragon Eggs!!

As you all know...

...I've been working on stuff involving silk paper.

Well...

...I can now let the cat out of the bag...

...or should I say "eggs out of the box"!?

As part of my project for the "Near and Far Creative Textile Group"...

...the story that is evolving has come up with the requirement for "DRAGON'S EGGS"

The silk paper has been used to make some dragon-like scales to go on some of them.

These are not "Game of Thrones" eggs...

...because these have been affected by Dragon Fashion!! :-)







These are just a few of the total...

...and I have really had some fun making them.

I'm enjoying the story as well...

...but that's not ready for a reveal any time very soon.....sorry!

I do hope that you like the results as much as I do....

...you can see them at the NEC in March.

Have a great Wednesday

x C