Monday, 23 May 2011

Apply yourself

Yep I applied myself to make sure I am keeping up with the C&G assignments this term. In between times I hope to fit in catching up with last terms! Here you can see a half worked sample on inlay applique. I drew a simple shape an used Prick and Pounce to transfer it onto two squares of felt. The pieces are then cut out swapped over and sit within each other. I secured the pieces with simple stitches and seed beads. This is another sample which I will finish when the course is over. I would also like to play with this technique in Christmas colours and maybe three colours of felt.

The rest of the module called for playing with different methods of securing edges for other applique. I have used hand stitching, machine stitching and needle turned edges.I found the needle turned curves pretty tricky, perhaps this is something you just need to practise....a lot...to get good at?

So that's applique signed off. I am now working on my 'shape' design module. I have struggled with the previous design modules- I believe I have whinged about it before! I am trying really hard to allow myself to slow down and enjoy the exercises- to let myself have chance to produce something good.Lots of my other work has come back with positive comments, all signed off, no problems. My design units have bounced and bounced- to be honest I am not good at re-doing work- it feels like a failure - I do not enjoy the highest self esteem and I take anything I perceive as criticism very hard, which of course makes any sort of course with regular feedback pretty hard. I have a day of wedding crafting with some friends to look forward to tomorrow- if Will is back at school then- we are both suffering with some horrible achy viral number - I d hope Anna and Simon escape as we are off on hols next week. Hope you are all well and happy. xxx

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Feathering the nest

The nest for the hen that is. I had a great opportunity to increase my kit for the Hen do at a local Brocante yesterday. Cake forks £5 for six- a present for a good pal, which I hope she will lend me back for the big day.
A bon-bon dish ready to be filled with bespoke sugar cubes- 20p
A fab shire horse cake stand just ready to take some delicious rose and pistachios meringues- £3.
A dear but very mismatched cup and saucer which may well form part of a cake stand- 10p
I also grabbed a book of tea cards on wild flowers to go to Mum, a gorgeous wooden handles screw driver to use to tighten my embroidery hoop, I get very warm feelings when I hold the handle- a happy person had this before me. Finally I succumbed to a Mappin and Webb jug. Obviously not solid silver but still very pleasantly weighty- £12. I was very pleased with my haul. Simon found an unopened Star Wars Lego set and a huge box of Scalextric so apart from the inevitable weekend squabbles this has been a very happy household indeed!
I also treated myself to the new magazine 'Mollie Makes', and I did like it, but I have to say not as much as I enjoy 'Making'. It's nice sometimes to check out the grass on the other side of the magazine fence. I did see an idea for the wedding in there which I've started work on today- 14ft of pom-pom garland should keep me busy!

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!