Monday, 9 May 2011

Blink and you'll miss it

That's what happened to April- I must have blinked! Seriously things have been hectic (I am mistress of the under-statement!). Firstly I am VERY behind with my City and Guilds work. I have however had all of my counted thread work signed off, the last being this canvas work sample taken from a collage I made for my 'colour' module. I am still enjoying the course, when I can suppress the panic.
I have a list as long as your arm of things to be done but book reviews took a massive leap up the list when this beauty dropped into my hands this morning and quite literally made me gasp. Actually Anna has mis-heard someone saying OMG, (which I HATE) and now says OMCheese, when stunned. It is infectious- so I said OMCheese while I leafed through this beauty- I want to knit it all.
I feel I need to further justify my absence- hectic just doesn't seem to express it- this is the view in my tiny back yard. We have had some building work done and now the garden is getting the treatment, I cannot recommend builders sand as a floor covering for any room in the house- but I can recommend our gardeners who are simply lovely.

I have also been trying to keep up with supplying the charity shop with bunting. I do love making it, it is a very naughty distraction.
Finally I want to show you what I made on a residential weekend organised by our Embroiderers Guild branch. I spent a weekend making this seascape with Carol Naylor. I loved it. Carol's technique is to wind a heavy thread onto the spool of the machine and work upside down to effectively couch with the machine. I am terrified of machine embroidery, actually that should read I was terrified. I seriously loved this technique and was really pleased at how well my darling machine coped. I have a much more colourful design mapped out to play with- when I get time- which I plan to cut up for a cuff and some earrings. If only there was more time! Add that the wedding is only three months away and I have decided to make myself some jewellery and bouquets for myself and Anna and I think that there may be some more 'Aprils' to come. Let's just hope I don't blink and miss the wedding!


Pomona said...

I can't believe how much you have done! Some really beautiful embroideries, too. I am a bit scared by Norwegian Knitting - isn't that the one with steeks?

Pomona x

niftyknits said...

That seascape is stunning, you should be very proud. I'm sewing-machine-phobic so cannot begin to imagine embroidering, simple seams scare me quite enough.

karen said...

you may not have been here but boy it was worth the absence!! The counted work is beautiful as is the piece from your proud!! Be very proud!!

Tabiboo said...

Hey Jennyflower - the building work is looking rather good...progress that's got to be good - right?

I totally understand your comment by the way - I took on board what you said, even though it took me a little while to get round to it.

take care missus,

Nina xxx

ps. I have an acceptance card sat here - waiting - will get it in the post excited. Tea dress at the ready. N x

clare's craftroom said...

You have been so busy , what a fun post !

Jackie said...

I recognised the Caroly Naylor influence immediateley! She came to our group this time last year(Or was it the year before? Time flies) and she stayed with us. I love her work. I love your version too and glad you had a go at machine embroidery.