Thursday, 30 April 2015

Scrap Bag Challenge Bags

I've been going through my fabric scraps and have come up with these bags for the next craft fair. I am NOT a quilter and I am aware that I've probably not used the right technique but these are fun, vintage style, sturdy shoppers.



Small Vanity Bag
My other activity has been completing the bunting for my eldest son's wedding in two weeks - draped around the house so that I can make sure I have enough length.





 Our Greatest Glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, 26 April 2015

North Devon and Alison Holt

There is a danger that this post will become photo heavy but if you can cope, I suggest you continue as there are some delicious embroideries to be seen. Last week my friend Maria and I travelled up to the north Devon coast for four days to attend a three day free machine embroidery course with Alison Holt http://www.alisonholt.com/

This course was arranged by the Barnstaple group of the West Country Embroiderers. We had plenty of space and good lighting in a really lovely village Methodist church.

Maria and I spent the first day wandering around the shops in Barnstaple and found the most amazing sewing/craft shop which just seemed to go on and on, but the best part was that the prices were just such good value. We hit the charity shops and found some good sewing bargains, stopped at a Fair Trade shop and bought some wonderful indian wood blocks and finished up at the famous Barnstaple Pannier Market - fascinating and a really good craft stall. This trip was fuelled with a lovely lunch at The Gallery Cafe, part of the Barnstaple Theatre.

Onward to our Bed and Breakfast at Lower Yelland Farm, http://www.loweryellandfarm.co.uk/index.html   Such a friendly host and on arrival we had the surprise that we had both been upgraded to a double room each - bliss, loads of space. Everything was clean and bright and breakfasts were great, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Our fellow guests were very friendly and chatty and we met a super couple from Sweden and trying to explain machine embroidery to them both was quite amusing.

Well on to the course; Alison Holt is a wonderful person, talented embroiderer and such a patient and clear tutor. She explains everything so well and her pointers on colour theory are the best I've ever encountered. 

We selected our photos, traced onto silk, outlined with gutta, painted with silk paints and then stitched. Our theme, Rivers and Waterfalls - photos follow:







Whilst we were away, the weather was absolutely wonderful - warm, sunny and dry, the only downside being the sea mist that crept in with the tides. As the course finished at 4 each afternoon, we had plenty of time to explore and eat ice cream!!




 And every day was finished off perfectly with a lovely meal out and then back to base for a glass of wine and some more stitching on our crazy patchwork together.

Yesterday is but today's memory 
and tomorrow is today's dream
Khalil Gibran 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Holiday, holiday!!

I hope to have some exciting photos to post next week ..... Maria and I are heading off to North Devon tomorrow for a three day course painting silk and machine embroidery with Alison Holt, courtesy of the Barnstaple group of West Country Embroiderers. The course starts on Wednesday but we thought we would get ourselves there early to have a good explore of the place. 
                  Title of the course is ... Rivers and Waterfalls.
              Faith makes all things possible, love makes them easy ... Anon

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Market Makes

BABY OWL

Craft Market tomorrow and a few bits I've made to go this week!





When you need something to believe in, start with yourself.
ANON


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