Well, hello my friends. It’s been a weird ol’ week! Couldn’t settle properly to anything at all… so, consequently, I have moved around the house doing a bit here, a bit there. So, rather than a photo of my desk on the landing, my picyures this week are from all over the place! Why not join us around the world, peeping t people’s art spaces. https://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ ill get you there – and you will be made most welcome.
I did manage, between I-player episodes to finish the multi coloured blanket from last week. This meant I now had 5 blankets finished… until I visited a friend who wanted to see what I had been doing with my time during lockdown. So I took that lovely peachy coloured one, my robin, and the scrapbook … and sold the blanket! Oh well – another visit to Aldi coming up?? So here’s the first centre of activity, and the multi coloured one I finished this week.
My second area of activity was to sit on the bed and continue with that tapestry. I now have very little to do… I’ll show you a photo when it is completely finished. So, I thought, what now? Julia has sparked something… her suggestion of finishing UFOs… well, over 20 years ago I did a City and Guilds course in Design with Embroidery. I always wanted to document why and what! So, I hauled all the work, design boards, completed commissions, books and samples out of the wardrobe and the cupboards, and photographed the lot! Maybe I’ll show you a few bits over the coming weeks – I’m certainly hoping to put together a website page on here with it all. No idea how long it will take… but it was such a HUGE amount of work – even for just Part 1 (the only part I managed as John was becomming less able to pick up the slack) – that I didn’t want it to just get stuffed in cupboards and forgotten. So, a couple of pictures…
One small piece we had to make – a needle sampler book. Pages, each describing a different sort of needle, used for a different style of work. I embroidered the book front, and marbled all the enclosed pages. (Told you it was a lot of work!)
One of around 50-60 sewn samples. This one demonstrating free machine embroidered leaves. The background is just one of the card backgrounds created to display all the samples.
My final, finished, piece. (One of four large pieces) The brief was – a metre, based on Sea and Sky. The embroidery and its mount had to be a metre in length or depth. I chose a photograph of an early morning mist on Ullswater (not my own image, but with permission from the photographer), and based a 3-d firescreen on it. There are at least 5 layers of voile, all slightly different colours, all demonstrating different techniques, all separately mounted and held nearly an inch apart to add depth, with a light behind, and standing on 10inch legs. Yes, it was quite a project! It shows free machine embroidery, distressed fabric, hand made cording, applique, dissolvable fabric work…. you name it, it went in to this piece!
When I got the syllabus for the course, and realized quite how much work was involved, I was determined that whatever I made as my finished pieces – they would be of use. I wasn’t going to spend all that time and then throw the things away. So, the firescreen sits in my lounge even all these years later. The other items are around, too!! But I’ll show you those another time.
Another workspace this week has been the garden – Yes, I know that a weed is only a flower in the wrong place… but actually, there were quite a lot of them in the wrong places – so it was time to begin the sort! Here’s what’s on show out there this week…
So, top left to bottom right… The day lily – is in full flow at the moment. It would be good to have a different colour as well, as the two large banks of these are all the one orange. No idea what the second flower is – about 3 feet tall, near the pond… The teasel is already over 6 feet tall, and will, I’m sure, grow taller before it becomes a seed head. The mimulus in the pond looks great this year, and there are now orange poppies as well as the yellow Welsh variety. No idea what the purple flower is – none of my neighbours has either. We only know it grows and spreads well here by the sea! The geraniums are glorious this summer – and, as you can see – so is the grass in the midst of it! And as for this red poppy… growing up right between the slats of my garden chair – who knows where it has come from. I have NO other red plants in the garden! Obviously making a bid for freedom from some other garden…
So, that’s me… working in different places, but not achieving a great deal this week (there’s still plenty of grass in the garden, for instance!) I leave you with a touch of Wales…
… taken four years ago this coming August, on a day trip to Angelsey. One of the country parks up near Holyhead. No mountains this week, no sea, just a gorgeous pond and vertical cliff face in beautiful sunshine.
Take care dear friends. Stay safe. God bless you all.