Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Beautiful Autumn Day

30th September 2014

The weather has been glorious today and after painting the new kitchen door, which has 15 panes of glass, we went up to Stanley Park for a walk.....

....the colours were amazing.....

....my shadow as I took a photo of the leaves....




....rose gardens....


...you can just see Jack walking to the left, spot the butterflies....






....clematis seed heads....


...thistle seed head...


.....looking up....


......wonderful bark patterns....


.....looking for fir cones to decorate but they were all high up....



.....the lake...



....such beautiful colours....


.....noisy ducks in the conservation area....



.....sounds were rustling leaves from above and crunching underfoot...

...a truly beautiful day!!













Monday, 29 September 2014

Yarndale Purchases

29th September 2014

I could have bought a LOT more than I did!!!


End of range, Alpaca at a very good price, so beautifully soft and for a future project....



....from Lucy the Tudor, a braid maker...


....and I tried it out, brilliant, a bargain at only £2....


....pure wool only 50p a ball, great for the park project....


.....loved this yarn, perfect for weaving or embellishing sea/sky...



.....silk also good for embellishing....


.....I didn't intend to buy this book but the lovely young lady who wrote it was so enthusiastic and lovely to talk to and the patterns are simple and useful I just couldn't walk away without it!!!


This was a seed pod decorated with fleece from Anne Brooke, I needed it for my dried flower collection!


It looks a bit weird in this photo but is rather gorgeous!


This is from another angle at Yarndale.


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Have made some crochet bunting-I made the pattern up-...


...and quite like the wavy edge!


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Made two cards today, this was a dried leaf encased in organza and machine embroidered....



....felted, machine embroidered and french knots.


It actually looks better than the photo!



Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Trip to Yarndale in Skipton

28th September 2014

I had a BRILLIANT day yesterday visiting Yarndale in Skipton.

The scenery on the way was so beautiful, autumnal colours and a misty haze.

The show was very well organised and had a huge variety of exhibitors displaying really beautiful work, so many talented people willing to share their knowledge, really inspiring!!

The alpaca, such a lovely face....


...sheep providing special wool.


This is 'Lucy the Tudor' who was busy making wooden items that were used in Tudor Times....


...spindles, spoons and toys all beautifully hand crafted.


Lucy also visits schools demonstrating spinning and weaving using her historically accurate products.

www.facebook.com/LucyTheTudor

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Next met Anne Brooke textile artist....



...love her mixed media work and am looking forward to her stitch collage workshop in October....



....seed pods with fleece...


....wall hangings...


....but these were my favourite!


www.annebrooke.co.uk

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These mandalas were crocheted by people from all over the world and looked amazing.



These are much larger and have been attached to hoops, the lady in the striped red top is Lucy from 

https://www.facebook.com/Attic24


Love her blog, this is the lady who inspired me to yarn bomb the park!


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The colours of the fleece and yarns were so vibrant....


.....from the Embroider's Guild, like a huge dorset Button!



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Felted wall hanging incorporating machine and hand stitch detail for texturing.....


.....some beautiful pictures, purses and cushions, wonderful work by...



Jackie Lunn 

www.jackielunntextiles.co.uk

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When we had finished shopping we walked through the park into Skipton....



....yarn bomb giant bees and pompoms....


....a really beautiful day...


.....lots of bunting on the route....


.....autumn colours....




.... loved all these yarn bombed bikes made by schools to celebrate the Tour de France....






.....bugs with googly eyes on this one....



...flowers and pompoms...


.....crossed over the canal....


.....then caught the free bus back to Yarndale....



......view from the car park.



Arrived home tired, happy and wanting to use my purchases!!!

Will show you those tomorrow!