Sunday, 16 October 2016

A busy week....

16th October 2016

The weather has been good in Blackpool and I have had a few walks on the beach.....



.....last Sunday my Singer Curvy machine, purchased 3 years ago, refused to stitch, so I bought a new one! Haven't tried free machining yet but it stitches like a dream and so quiet...


....I finished my cushion, really pleased with it!


Also finished a baby blanket for my great nephew due in January...


....and my red pure wool jumper!!

Photo very poor due to flash!


Made muffins this week, lime and pistachio last weekend and as I had buttermilk left made these lemon and honey, a good breakfast muffin containing oat bran, made 12 yesterday and only 4 left today!!!


Yarn-bombing group yesterday, Wilma had made a seagull and 2 octopus!!


Managed two gardening sessions at the park and was amazed how warm it was when the sun emerged from the clouds. 

Also finished a bobble hat and cardigan for beautiful Alba.



A good satisfying week,....

....3 pairs of trousers to shorten today and my loft space is still tidy!!!!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Printing and Stitching....

8th October 2016

I had the urge to do some printing today.....

.....used my Gelli Plate....


....selected some items from the garden...


....papers...


.....paint...


....placed the curry plant on the grey painted gelli...


.....a bit disappointing!


The 'ghost 'print', rather like this....





....again I prefer the ghost print...



....not a success!


Quite like these...




....oh dear...


.....better...



....love printing with feathers, painted the feather in gold metallic acrylic,placed on the khadi paper feather paint down and used scrap paper and a roller over the feather  to make the print.



Next I wanted to play with my hand dyed fabrics....


....inspired by Ruth Issett...


....layered 3 orange fabrics over the woven rust dyed, free machined....


.....cut back...


....then I looked at my watch and realised I was due to be at the yarn bombing group....

....Enid has knitted a fabulous seagull...


....I had a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, delicious!


Home again and stitched my sample using variegated thread...


.....think I might add some hand stitching.

Silk and muslin strips on woven rust dyed fabric...


....free machining flower shape....


....cut back and stitched...


...really enjoyed my day, maybe make cards with my prints tomorrow!


Friday, 7 October 2016

Using an Experiment....

7th October 2016

I have had another busy week, gardening in the park, a great work-out....

....this plot is within the Bowling area and it was totally overgrown, Sylvia forking up weeds....


.....Enid is our 'expert' volunteer, these are the bags of garden rubbish we have produced this week....


....we can now see soil and plants!!! So satisfying!



These little wellies were planted with bulbs by the nursery children who regularly visit the park, so cute, they are going to be hung on the railings.


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I have many WIP fabrics, started but not finished!!

I made this a while ago, weaving some of my rusted fabrics and hand stitching, thought I might make a wall hanging but today decided to make a cushion....


...machine embroidered seed heads on the weaving for the entire of a cushion....



....still have some weaving left to use in another experiment.... 



....watch this space!