Monday, 12 June 2017

An Afternoon at Kew Gardens

12th June 2017

Sorry for my long absence......

I have been very busy knitting items for my granddaughter and spending time with her, such a treat as she always makes me laugh! I have made another baby blanket for a friend's first grandchild.

This afternoon I went to Kew, one of my favourite places, spent a couple of hours walking and enjoying nature, the colours and shapes are so inspiring....

....so many aliums, this seed head was the size of a beach ball...


...unfortunately the windy weather had damaged some...





....this was the size of a football!!





Think you can guess these are one of my favourite flowers and seed heads.

Gardeners planting the formal beds...


....beautiful colours....










...the Hive and wildflower garden to feed the bees...




.....wonderful beds where the bees were very busy...

















...well worth a visit!






Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Busy and Enjoyable Day....

18th April 2017

Greetings from a sunny Blackpool!!!

Woke early this morning and had 3 loads of washing on the line by 9 o'clock!!

I am off to London tomorrow to see my family, especially adorable Alba!!

I had a few  jobs to do and then started making braids...

.....I have so many threads in my stash.....



....then started another piece using a variety of fabrics....


..next layer...



....finally using braids and hand dyed lace/fabrics...


.....give this a try, so much fun!!

My best news of the day is that Isobel Moore, the first workshop I did, contacted me asking if she could display my work on her page!!!

Incredibly thrilled......

Monday, 17 April 2017

More fun playing with fabrics.....

17th April 2017

Yesterday, Easter Sunday, was wet and miserable here in Blackpool so I cheered myself up by doing another Workshop on the Web-Hot Ribbons by Angela Tigwell.

First I selected a variety of fabric strips, yarns and ribbons from my stash in shades of green, red, orange and purple....


....found this firm red felt square...


....proceeded to stitch the base layer....


.....using a variety of threads and stitches from my machine....


.....another layer to fill in any gaps..


....and more to add texture, I particularly liked the recycled sari silks with frayed edges....


.....more fine yarns and silk threads...


....finally making some of my own braids to add yet more texture....


...close up photos....





....time flew by and I love the colour of the final piece, think I might choose blues, purples and orange next time. 
It would make a great note book cover, looking at it again reminds me of India!

Not sure what I will do next, watch this space.....