Friday, 19 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 17

2 parts of the forest section have been cut.
parts will be tweaked before fusing.

This is the destroyed village I showed the other day when it was just a sketch on the fabric.

a bit overexposed
I am trying to decide what to do about the windows. I had in mind a small solid line. But I have used that for villages attacked but not destroyed. On the photo above, you can see them on the right of the section... windows not cut yet. I am debating the idea of drawing the 'window' for that with thread.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

On Monday, I had a cataract surgery on my right eye. 😵Depending the result, I will update this to let you know how I am! I need to give it a few days rest, so I am setting this up to post without me.

I like K+S! Last Thursday I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show with my friend. I did take a lot of photos, but many of them weren't intended to go on the Internet.

However, I always like to see what the fashion students at Kings Ely have made. Quite a bit of theatre about them, but interesting anyway.
Sometimes you can just see what technique they were focusing on or what unit of study.
But most of them have a good grasp of how to make something work 3D - which is really what garments are because they have to go round the 3D moving shape which is the body.

And here is a detail of the work of Natalya Aikens that was in the SAQA Gallery "Concrete and Grasslands". I really like her work!
Natalya works a lot with repurposed materials, often plastics built up and stitched with images of New York buildings or bridges, but this piece is one from her St. Petersburg series that repurposes old laces to make a wonderful image of one of the crumbling buildings of St. Petersburg, Russia where she was born.

and of course, when my brain is on inspiration or art alert, I like what I see with a different view.

Quick photo of these braces (or whatever) spotted through the open door on the Picadilly Line. We were on the way to the show. I like the pattern they make.

So, hopefully my eye will be rested for next week. Apologies if I am unable to post.
But either way, today or any other Thursday you can see more I likes via the links at LeeAnna's blog.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 16

one of the villages cut out and the pieces put in place.
The houses in the forest section are on in some of the rain forest areas of the world. I hope when you can see them altogether they don't look like TVs!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 15

some of the trees which have been cut in the forest section.


wondering why I decided there needed to be so many!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Ramshackle Ideas 14

So to the forest section...drawing the houses in chalk.

The villages are surrounded by various trees.
This part represents one of the villages which has been attacked.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Bead on 7-13 October

week 41 - 2018
bead on fabric

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 92

We are nearing the end of the cows! I am trying to remember if there are some hidden ones. Maybe it will make it to 100?
Apologies for the condition of this one. She is a the back door and so she gets a lot of use and abuse! The paint is coming off and some parts are starting to rust...but it works.

Friday, 12 October 2018

windy day

I have said before that Holly gets worried about the wind. This time she was in such a panic she got me up early (exhausted from being at Knitting and Stitching show) and even followed me to the bathroom! Huffing and puffing. I was afraid she would go into a seizure. (Sometimes being worried about a fly will set her off).
I had been thinking about the thunder shirts I had heard about. But I needed something right then. So, large scarf to the rescue. She calmed right down and when we went downstairs laid down. Now and then she would lift her head when she heard the wind, but I would say it was ok and she would put her head down. Usually she would go into a panic again and come stick to my leg or try to find a safe place in the house. Later she actually went to sleep! So, now this is her worry shirt.

Poor wee doggie!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thursday K+S

Apologies for missing Thankful Thursday this week.
I am at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London. Stewarding for the afternoon at the SAQA gallery Concrete and Grasslands.

Edit: Just see what I bought! It was late night opening. When we got there, it was nearly lunch and time for me to steward. So, we stayed after my shift and I managed to do quick purchases and look at some of the galleries. (loved so much of it, but really liked the Cork Textile Network from Ireland.)

Like I need beads, or thread and fabric if you think about it! from Paint Box Threads rainbow colours, from Totally Beads a possible project and replacing stock on the beads. Fabric from Bombay Fabrics and also different African fabric suppliers - Diligent Hands and Dovetailed London. I have used most of the African fabrics I had, but I have more to say about the African refugee situation which doesn’t get on the news.
A few of these are for possible dresses, too. No I haven’t used the fabric from FOQ! Yet!

My friend Pat came with me. We left here at 9am and got home after 11pm! And last week we were also in London on Thursday, so I am done now for going to London! Too much of a good thing.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 13

and the desert section pretty much there.
The refugee tents in the desert near the top and the places they fled from in the bottom.

The gap on the left side is still there while I am considering if another section will overlap. I can rub that house out with a cloth, or go ahead and cut it out...I left that area unfused. maybe a few more smaller houses further up.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 12

and so, some of the desert city houses
and some of the damaged houses and villages

and then fusing

Monday, 8 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 11

Getting an idea of what the houses in the desert will look like.
The desert background will be there, but I must cut the rest of the houses out first.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Bead on 30 Sept-6 Oct

week 40 - 2018

bead on fabric

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 91

I forgot about this trivet until I went to look for something to hold a bundle of fabric down in water.
I am trying an experiment for what is sometimes called eco dying. I used avocado skins. I don't have a recipe for it, but I have read a bit about some of what people are doing. The bundle is still wrapped and I will open it in a day or so. But when it was boiling, I needed something to hold it under water, so this cow trivet got the job.
I have used it in the past under jars for a water bath when preserving something. So, it is not the deep green it used to be and the coating has started to come off.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ramshackle Ideas 10

So, the next step...
The desert section.

I decided to put a break between top and bottom...a place for the sort of refugee camps where people fled from the IS extremist militant group. Seeing images of the endless rows of tents, side by side off into the distance, really moved me.
At the top is the refugee camp. I may want to add more, but I need to see how the bottom part looks first.
I am working on the houses, but I have been doing 'adventures'.

I went to London last night with 2 friends to the Anniversary celebration of an organisation called Release International. They are one of the groups we support who help Christians who are persecuted, imprisoned and attacked for what they believe.
They help to support the ones who have had to flee extremist groups and are either internally displaced or have fled to other countries.
Our church helped to buy tents through one of those organisations when the thousands began to flee IS.

So, anyway, the meeting was very challenging. One church leader from Nigeria spoke about what was happening there. He has had a gun to his head before. Last Sunday, their church was attacked...the day before he came to the UK. When he gets back this weekend, they have to work out where they will meet even this week.
Not sure if you readers go to church, but just imagine if you were in a meeting and suddenly you all were attacked. All your equipment and things you need for the group are broken up and thrown outside or looted. You fear for your life.   Or perhaps you have to have guards because there are suicide bombers trying to blow the place up. Taking advantage of the openness of your meeting - anyone is welcome to go to church - to destroy people.

Anyway! this is one of the reasons I feel passionate about trying to tell some of these stories with my work.
Also why I went beyond my physical capability to trek into London and get back after midnight! Today has been rough, but actually I am blessed. I don't have to worry about being beaten and chucked in prison. 😱 It gives you a different perspective!

Thursday, 4 October 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like measurable achievements...
all the mountain houses, plus a few extra that it needed, are cut out. Now they also have been fused. (not shown) I am working on the next section.

I like chickadees. So this was a wonderful gift my Mom sent recently.

According to my bird book, they are quite like coal tits over here, but I have not seen one. I think they are my favourite bird...but, then there are robins and blackbirds and ...

I like trees!
These trees were in the car park of the community centre. On Saturday we had our sewing group. I had to stop to take a photo!

And I like walking in the woods.
We went to a nearby park with the friends from church, including a few of our dogs. Lily Hill Park. The park used to be part of the grounds for a mansion which is now offices.
They do a lot with the fallen trees including the longest picnic table in England.

picnic photos from a few years ago.

So we had our picnic. and then went on the walk.
I love the patterns you can see on trees.
the little bit of limb left looks like a water tap you can turn on!
The bark is amazing.
This clearing was a fun place.

a portal

in the distance - steps cut into a tree stump.

So a lovely weekend! Holly, is usually a grump with other dogs. Our friends have a puppy, Charlie, who is about 8 mo. old. We didn't know if she would snarl at him or what, but she decided he was a good friend! phew! It was so fun to see her playing with him. It would have been good to let them both off the lead to play, but he hasn't learned not to run off yet. (Sorry, I didn't get a photo.) The other dog, Lily, is quite old. Holly only grouched her when she though Lily was going to come get our sausages. Sausages is her Favourite! After the picnic, she had no problem with her.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Stitch on it - 23

Butterfly chain stitch and variations.
Stitch on Paper

This is done in two steps and so is good for 2 colours.
Step one...

Step two...

with a few other variations added

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Ramshackle Ideas 9

and then all of them are cut out...

checking to see if that was enough to tell the story.
I decided to add more houses in the refugee camp on the right.. oh, one got away!😃
You need to be careful leaning across or the fleece cardigan you are wearing picks up a house and loses it somewhere.

and more who are fleeing on the left.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Ramshackle ideas 8

So, just a glimpse of what happens to make these.

lots of cutting out of lines and keeping houses in order so you have a better chance of getting them in the right space!

Then careful carrying to the work

finding out where they came from

and filling in the blanks!

These are so fiddly that I will use stitch to show the emotions that will tell the story.
I got clever and drew some of the houses without a hillock. That made it so I could cut out the lines and leave the house there. I was dreading having all the houses go on walkabout!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Bead on 23-29 September

week 39

bead on fabric

turned the corner

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 90

You can hide your jammies in this one.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Ramshackle ideas 7

the next step...

cutting out houses

My back is playing up so,
15 minutes working then 15 minutes doing something else.Using the stop clock part of my phone.
Sometimes doing 10 and then 20 when the back is not very happy at all.
But it is getting it done.