Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Meeting with a Blogger Friend!

13th May 2015

A busy week so far, Embroiderers Guild on Monday evening where I learnt a new stitch for a leaf and yesterday I went to Manchester on the train to meet Julie Broad, fellow blogger, for the first time. We had a brilliant day, first visited Fred Aldous, a large art/craft store then walked for about 20 mins to the Manchester Museum.....




....loved this at the entrance....


.....a beautiful building inside where old meets new in the displays....




....it was great to see art installations on the walls between the exhibits...


....apologies for the photos, I didn't think anything would come out as no flash allowed!


The butterflies are constructed from colourful fabric and loosely pinned to the wall so they cast shadows.




Paper/card sculpture was also used in some exhibit cases....


....so lovely.


Loved this way of displaying shells....



....fabulous patterns and colours in these stones....


.....there was also a conservation area where endangered species could be seen in their natural environment....


.....the children loved this area and trying to spot the frogs/lizards in the foliage!

Walking back to the station we passed so many interesting buildings and the University Campus...


...the shapes on this building were really intricate...


....the windows and chimneys were beautiful.


The entrance to China Town with wonderful food smells!



Julie very kindly gave me a 'bag of goodies....

 ...some of her lovely cards...

....you will see how these cards were made on her blog...

https://creatingtextiles.wordpress.com


....an interesting collection of fabrics....


....fleece and silk! It was like Christmas and I already have plans for some of it!!


We had a brilliant day and found we had a lot in common and plan another day out before too long!!

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I have covered a small 'Pink Pig' spiral notebook for a gift....

.....using my soluble fabric/free machined shape...


....padded the notebook cover, stitched the shape on indigo dyed fabric and stuck on....


.....my indigo cotton lace....


....stitched to cover the spiral! 


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A beautiful, sunny day so did a couple of hours in the park with fellow volunteers....

...all ages welcome....


....so many more plants in bloom tho week....


.....new Lavender plants....


....and the new bed is looking so good!


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Popped into the charity shops and bought this lovely linen cloth for £1 and 2 small glasses for decorated tea light holders for 10p.


Must sort tea out now as I have a meeting tonight!!!