Friday, 27 May 2016

3 years blogging today.....

27th May 2016

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.....my blog has changed over the last 3 years, I started by recording my work on my on line machine embroidery course, now I am blogging about my textile experiments and life in general.....

....today I was gardening in the park, weeding to be exact, and I am a person who actually enjoys weeding!!

So much shape and colour emerging as the weather improves...










...very strong curry scent here....


...chives, mint and curry scents...


....my weeded bed, we need some ground cover plants here....





.....I LOVE POPPIES!



So many people stop and chat and enjoy the park, makes volunteering so worthwhile!!






Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New Embroidered Cards

25th May 2016

While I was away last week I enjoyed embroidering.....

...today made cards....

.....Lavender on old linen with silk ribbon bow....


....Grape Hyacinth on muslin with bead embellishment...


..just wondering what flower to embroider next!

I have also started another pair of socks and been gardening in the park but it was very cold and I needed a hot chocolate when I got home!



My Secret Project!

25th May 2016

Remember I said I was starting a 'secret project' when I was on my course in Cornwall with the lovely Anne Griffiths, I am now going to show you the stages, it has been a real learning curve.....

....A&J bought a house, I drew it from the estate agents photo...


.....placed calico over the drawing and traced with pencil....



.....next used a mixture of fabric/acrylic paint and a very small brush....


....I should have used unwashed calico as the paint 'bled' into the fabric....


...after stitching, mostly hand stitching which I really enjoyed doing....


....unfortunately the door is on a bit of a slope which I didn't notice until I took the photo!!!

I think I might like to do this again and get the bay/door more upright!!



Anne's community project can be found here....


...definitely worth a look!



Thursday, 19 May 2016

A Busy Week....

19th May 2016

Greetings from Richmond, I have been busy gardening with my sister.....

....the before photos....


.....wonderful weeds....


.....such a pretty blue flower....


....but the roots are like long carrots and so hard to pull up!!!


A couple of days later, 2 full wheelie bins awaiting collection, 2 big piles of weeds ready to go into the emptied bins....


....a weed free bed, SO SATISFYING!!!

Also great physical exercise!


The trees are in full bloom...


....beautiful lilac.


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Yesterday as it was too wet to work in the garden so we went to the V&A and saw 2 exhibitions, Reimagine Botticelli which was really interesting and Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.
Also very interesting, so glad I don't have to wear  boned corsets!!!

This was an interesting structure....



....looking up, reminds me of pin art....



....the robot that has constructed it, hope to come back in June to see it working!



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 I have finished my third pair of socks, not quite perfect but I have now mastered toe grafting , hope the recipient is forgiving and finds them comfortable!!

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On a spa day tomorrow with my sister, daughter and niece......

.....really enjoying my week, hope you are too! 


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Trees and flowers on my favourite walk into Richmond.....

17th May 2016

Walked into Richmond through the park and along the Thames......

....beautiful cow parsley...



.....mixed with Wisteria....



...a peaceful place to sit and admire the view...



.....love ferns...



....buds ready to burst...


....so many wonderful shapes and colours...









.... people enjoying their picnics...



.....children learning  to row!