Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seasons greetings

This was my present from my younger daughter. She has made it herself which makes it all the more special.

These are details of the lettering and the fabrics used.

I went for a walk this morning. Such a lovely sunny, but chilly morning.

Don't these rose hips look wonderful? These are in my garden.

The weather has been so wet lately that I was really surprised to see that these bulbs are braving the elements. It will be nice to welcome the additional colour later.

No sewing being done at present - but I live in hopes of getting enough yarn untangled to get some knitting done. Sadly, my skein decided to get into a real mess. I am slowly disentangling it, but it will take some time to get it into a usable state.

Hoping you have a wonderfully creative and happy 2013.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Bookwraps and textile book pages.

The following photos are the first pages I have received in a book page swap I am involved in.

The first two pages are by Marion. It will come as no surprise that the them of my book is "Music". The mp3 player is particularly clever being made of felt with some plastic and cording. Unfortunately, I have yet to start the front and back covers to the book.

Hilda made these two pages above. I love the way she has highlighted some of the notes with hand stitching.

The last two pages were made by Brenda. She dyed the fabric for the background of the second page. She also specially designed the machine embroidery elements. So clever.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Time and the lack of it - a textile enthusiast's view

Where does the time go? It is over a month since I last posted here with all good intentions of posting regularly.

Mosaic footpaths on Madeira.

A beach on Nevis.

Amazing skies. 

I must admit that we have been away (for three weeks) and I have been trying to catch up with one challenge whose deadline was this week..........

Sadly, I can't show any photos of the challenge. I was in such a hurry I forgot to take a photo of my finished piece. It is a Chinese Whisper challenge. Each person taking part has to make an A5 (8.5inches x 6inch) small quilt based on a photograph. Each small quilt is then passed to the next person in the chain without being shown the original picture on which the small quilt is based. At no point is anyone else in the group to see the quilts or the original photographs. The whole thing is quite intriguing. I now have a small quilt made by Ros hanging from my bookcase on which I have to base my own small quilt. The small quilt I make will then pass to the next person in the list in January, (she currently has my first small quilt) whilst Ros' quilt returns to Ros.

I finished working on my last three Journal Quilts. I just need to get them trimmed and the machined satin stitch edging done. Then I can take photos.