I'm having a bit of a panic as I'm rather behind on my handmade gifts. I'm busy at work this week so I'll have to make a concerted effort this weekend (or perhaps buy a few hand made things at our village Christmas Fayre).
Hello - hope you're all OK and had a good weekend. I had a lovely time on Saturday at the Bramble Patch. You can see Kaye and myself managed to take over a second classroom as we wanted to dye and be a bit messy. At the start we looked tidy - but it didn't last. Here are the results of my screen printing on scrim in gold. It looked fine.
And here is the start of my backing - more gold screen printing on calico but it will have some photo transfer bits on too.
And here are my samples. Not so great. But as DH keeps telling me that's the whole reason you make up samples. I know - but I was still annoyed. The top set of lettering has been cut out of scrim and then threads pulled to make it look distressed. I've then hand stitched using a variegated cotton perle no 8. The bottom sample is the same scrim, screen printed in gold but with a piece of calico behind it so the words are more obvious. Oh - I forgot to say I tea dyed the scrim as it was a stark white. Although I…
Just to prove I did make something on Saturday in the Village Hall (with its great new windows) and even finished it off on Sunday - my advent calendar. The pre-printed panel has sat in a box for a couple of years and I'm really pleased with it finished. Now I've just got to sort something out for the pockets. I was trying to think of some non-chocolate things - perhaps treats like treat yourself to a soak in the bath. Do you any ideas? And here is Flo on her 1st birthday. Ahhh... She decided she liked sitting under our umbrella that was drying out after a soggy walk. She can still be a bit of a bugger - but when she's cute - she's really cut. Art class tomorrow night and I've managed to do nothing. But I know I'll have a great time. I've also got Bramble Patch on Saturday and I'll be screen printing - I can't wait.
Hi. I've caught up now from my holiday. So now I can tell you all about it.The cottage with the green door is the one we stayed in - Stuckie Ben, Southwold. It was a lovely cosy cottage, with very steep stairs which can be a bit of a challenge when you have big feet. But we really liked it. It did have everything - all the mod cons needed.
Here's the view from the front door across to Walberswick - and it did flood there. Luckily we escaped the flooding and the only bit we had to avoid was the flooded A12.Here's the view from South Green down the hill to our cottage. As you can see we're right on the edge of the village. An iconic view of Southwold - Gun Hill with the lighthouse in the background. The lighthouse is open in the summer and the view from the top is fantastic on a clear day. It's a bit hairy getting up there but well worth the effort.
And a another great view of Southwold - the Pier. It's been refurbished and is very smart.
Hi. I've been away on holiday for a week. I'll have lots to tell you but I just need to get sorted first. Tomorrow I'm at the village hall sewing. I'm hoping to make the Advent calendar that's been hanging around for a couple of years now. Hope you're all OK.
Well I did do some other things last week that I didn't get round to posting about.
One things was that on Tuesday I became a lady who lunched - in fact a three hour lunch. The shop (who's windows you can see above) Michaelmas House have a preview launch of their Christmas range. Part of the launch is either a Champagne breakfast or lunch at the restaurant over the square called Softleys. It was really nice - good company and food - although I must say a drink at lunch time seems to have alot more impact than one at night. I even managed not to spend any money in the shop. If you live anywhere near here please do have a look at the shop as it has such beautiful items for sale and a wide range of prices too. I also managed to cook another new meal. A Jamie Oliver one from his new book - a Spicy pork and chilli-pepper goulash. It was great (even though I say so myself). If you have a look at the UK Amazon site the recipe is there as one of the samples. The house was filled with th…
Well - I did a few things last week that I forgot to share with you all. And even after this posting there are a few more to come. The photo above are of some oat and raisin cookies I baked - they managed to last for both a visit from the in-laws, a night with the quilting group at my house quilting and a husband with a hearty appetite. Here are some of the purchases I made at Malvern. These packs were just £5, 8 pieces about 24cm square. I bought these for one of my fellow quilters who's after a variety of black and white fabrics.
And here are my fabrics I bought - the ones above are for my stash. The bottom ones are for my pink quilt - circles and squares again.
And finally here's my experiment that didn't work. Can you even see the organza next to the printed A4 sheet? The idea was to see if photo transfer would work on organza and would show up - but as you can see it doesn't work. I'm back to screen printing in gold - which I know will work. Finally - 'hi'…
Well it really is November already - I can't believe it. I'll have to crack on if I want to make some of my Christmas pressies.
Today I went to the Malvern Autumn Show as I 'd won tickets. It was a really nice day. The weather was warm and dry, the show wasn't too crowded and it wasn't too busy either. Very civilized. There were a reasonable number of traders - enough to let me spend some money (but not too much). Well here are some photos of the quilts. Most were really collections from either individuals or groups of artists. And here are some of the photos:
Lots of circles
But not only circles
And here are some American style quilts - an example of one and then the whole row of them in different colours.