Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow Your Blog

I'm excited, intrigued and interested by this opportunity to build my blog following.

I'm Gilli, I live in Somerset a county in South West England and I've been here about six years now; I moved down here with my husband and youngest son (I have two sons) from Sussex in the busy South East of England. I'm a retired nurse (due to rheumatoid arthritis) and I've always been interested in handicrafts and spent many comfy afternoons with my Nanna learning to sew, knit and crochet. I made my own clothes when younger (when the dress patterns matched my young figure), household items for my first and subsequent homes and then clothes and knitted items for my two boys. Then, like most mothers, the job of running family life takes over! As the boys grew older, I became 'a fan' of the 'cross stitch craze' of the late eighties/early nineties. As time moved on, the boys seen through their exams and boredom with the repetitiveness of cross stitch, I started to look for something else. At one of the stitching shows around 1997 I met a lady exhibiting her work; she had been awarded a 'Medal of Excellence' for her course work for City & Guilds Creative Textiles ...... I was hooked! I looked around and found a local venue running the course and started my Part One in 1998. Successfully completed and now back working in the community as a nurse in public health, I started Part Two, but at a different venue because I wanted input from another tutor and a change of study day. The course was finished in 2003.

Since then, I have continued to develop my love of textiles with membership of the Embroiderers' Guild (in both SE and SW England), by membership of various exhibiting groups, but most recently, with my friend, as we explore and experiment with lots of techniques and ideas.

I don't have a favourite technique; I love hand and machine embroidery, I enjoy traditional and modern techniques and I love to use mixed media whenever appropriate.

Why do I embroider? I LOVE it, it's my release, my passion. I enjoy creating a unique piece of work. I find it soothing to have embroidery in my hands; it can be worked on whenever the mood is right. I love using colour combinations and creating textural pieces with my sewing machine.

Why do I blog? I enjoy sharing my ideas, I love to read about other people's activities and I find it useful to get comments when I'm finding it difficult to move on with a particular project. I enjoy having 'contact' with friends all over the world.

I've added a few photographs of my work over the years! I hope you find my ramblings interesting enough to become a follower and friend.


The future: more stitching and a little enterprise with my friend...... watch this space.







28 comments:

  1. just wandered in from Grow Your Blog , amazing stuff

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  2. Hi Gilli, Thanks for visiting me through GYB. How lovely to meet a fellow southwestern blogger - and one who loves embroidery too! (I love the cockrel) Warm wishes Jules (Adventures in Thread)x

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  3. I am very looking forward to following your creations and adventures! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now following you! xoxo Jen

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  4. Lovely to meet you, I love your creations especially the clock and the cockerel they're beautiful. I'm looking forward to popping in now and again to see your latest creations.

    I hope your weather down there is better than ours we've had rain all day. We're not complaining though it isn't flooding here as some poor souls have.

    Enjoy your weekend

    Peg x

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  5. Hello new friend....I am sure we will be back and forth visiting!

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  6. Hello Gilly. Returning your visit. Interesting work. Will be back to see more.

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  7. Hello, Gillian,,, welcome to the GYB event. I am one of Vicki's "meet and greet volunteers". Your work is indeed varied and interesting, and I completely agree that art and craft have a huge place in managing stress in our lives. I have followed you via GFC and Bloglovin and look forward to seeing more of your creations!

    Happy blog hopping!

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  8. HI Gilli!

    This is Deb! I'm visiting thru GYB blog hop. This is my first blog hop and its been exciting and fun! Love the look of your blog and all your work is amazing! I look forward to coming back and visiting. I hope you'll pop over to my blog for a visit! Hugs! deb

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  9. Hi Gilli! your artwork is just beautiful - I love textiles and embroidery! pleased to be a new follower to your blog!
    http://kippyssomature.blogspot.com/2014/01/grow-your-blog-welcome.html

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  10. Hi Gilli, I love your blackwork patchwork sampler - did you have a pattern (if so please can you tell me where you got it?) or did you design it yourself?

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    1. Jsut found out I'm a no reply blogger, sorry
      jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  11. Lovely display of pieces Gilli! I hope to visit the UK for some embroidery workshops in the future - there is so much inspiration there!

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  12. so nice to meet you-I love your art. I am a new follower-please stop by for a visit-I am having a giveaway of hand dyed fabrics Enjoy the party Kathy

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  13. I am a happy new follower via gfc! Good afternoon from across the big pond! :)

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  14. Hi Gilli, I always admire people like you who create beautiful stitched works of art. I wish I could do that!

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  15. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Lovely work. I tried to follow but couldn't. I usually end up joining sites via bloglovin or email as the other way does not work for me.

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  16. Hey Gilli, Oh I just love your Rooster. I have a thing for birds and he is just so stunning and perfectly sewn. It has been nice getting to know you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  17. Glad to meet you, Gillian, on the GYB circuit! YEA, I've just met another textile artist! I am a follower and look forward to your posts! Wonderful work! do take care, deborah I am at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

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  18. Your stitching creations are just gorgeous - little works of art! I'll be back to visit often... xoxo Silke

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  19. Hello! It is nice to meet you via the GYB hop. Your work is beautiful. My favorite piece is the rooster.

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  20. Oh wow! such lovely work. Thank you for sharing. It is nice to meet you and get to know you a little through your blog. Happy hopping!

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  21. Hello nice to meet you. I'm going to have to look around as the sampling of embroidery in the post is beautiful

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  22. Hi Gilli, I'm so pleased to have found your blog - I discovered it when I noticed you had started following my blog recently. I used to stop by your old one, and I recognised some of your work in this post. I do enjoy seeing your beautiful embroidery and will be popping back again soon!

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  23. Hi Gilli, visiting you from "GYBP" . Very stunning fiber art, you are an amazing artist, love the rooster and the clock.
    Thanks for sharing,
    have a wonderful weekend,
    Diana

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  24. You do experiment. You have some lovely pieces here. I love redwork myself. & I do redwork almost exclusively.

    Thanks for sharing your blog. I'm still trying to make the rounds on the Grow Your Blog! Please stop by & visit my embroidery blog if you have time.

    aprilsongstress

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  25. Very nice work you do here. Still having fun along the blog party route. It's the perfect snowy day activity. Hope you'll pop in for a visit! Aloha

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  26. Gilli, Stopping by from theGYB party. Enjoyed reading your blog. Love your work! Following. Happy blogging1

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  27. Hi again :-) - thanks for getting me started again ;-). Your textile story sounds remarkably like mine !! Love your work

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