Thursday, 23 November 2017

Beginning to fix the Hexies...

After tacking ga-zillions of hexies...

...in those lovely Japanese indogo fabrics...

...now to the job of using them.

Just the beginnings of an idea forming here...



...we'll see how it pans out...

x C

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

How about that then!!?

A little while ago I showed a piccy of my rather boring curtain pole...

Well...

...after a little bit of thought...

...a couple of bamboo canes...

...a few glue sticks...

...four artificial ivy vines...

...and some wire...

I've now got THIS :-)





I am delighted with the results!

x C

Friday, 17 November 2017

700th Blog Post!!! Has it REALLY been that long!?

Well!! Who would have thought it...

...way back there in September 2008...

...that I'd STILL be blogging now...

...and am posting my 700th offering!! :-)

It's been quite a journey...

...and I've met so many lovely people along the way.

Thank you all for being around...

...it's been an absolute pleasure having you in my creative life!

X     (x 700)



Back to business.....



This is the second sample that I'm working on at the minute...

...a lovely big "flower"...

...stenciled and stitched...



...and some "grasses" penciled in ready to go to the machine later.




Plodding on...

...plodding on...

:-)

x C

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

...a bit further on...

I was at the machine until nearly 9 pm yesterday...

...and went to bed with a pain in the neck!

STUPID!!

But...

...the crane was finished so that I could do the Sashiko design this morning.

I used a "net" pattern for this piece.


I thought it was looking a bit "samey"...

...so got out some red thread.

A little bit of red never hurt anything did it!!?? :-)

It's not finished yet...

...a litle bitty more with the red...

...then the hexagons...

This Empress Mills Klona Cotton is just wonderful for this stitching!

Happy Tuesday.

x C

Monday, 13 November 2017

Working on another Japanese workshop sample

I stenciled a couple of indigo pieces last weekend...

...and, now that they are ironed and ready...

...I've begun the stitching.

A very small triple-backstitch on the machine...

...around every outline.




It takes quite a while...

...but I love the results!

Hopefully I'll finish this crane this evening...

...then the Sashiko bit can commence tomorrow. :-)

x C

Thursday, 9 November 2017

New Japanese-themed workshop samples for 2018

Yes. I know it's still 2017...

...and Christmas isn't here yet...

...but 2018 is just around the corner...

...and I need to get a move-on with some samples for my new Japanese-themed workshops!

These pieces will be composite...

...using stencils with Markal Paintstiks...



...some Sashiko stitching...




...and some Hexagon patchwork in delicious indigo fabrics!




I might even use some glittery bits....






....it's all getting "interesting" at the minute...

(and I needed a break from stitching on beads!!!!)

Sayonara...

x C

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

"Near & Far" working notebook

I've made a "Near & Far" working notebook...

...using Eileen Hull's journal die...

...texture paste...

...Distress Oxide Ink Pads...

...and some Inkylicious and Lavinia Stamps.



I used a spatula to put texture paste through one of my own cut stencils...




...then used the Distress Oxides to add some colour before stamping some Inkylicious Pampas Grasses...




...and some lovely Lavinia leaves.




I've used some of my "leather paper" as covers for the signatures inside.




Now ....

...to fill it with wonderfulness!!  :-)

x C