Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Where oh where!

The first project I have planned for this month is to finish off the presentation part of last year’s bead project.

However, I can’t find it!
Where is the safe place I put it?

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Ramshackle: Margins

This month I finished this piece for the Stretching Art and Tradition 2020 exhibition. I didn’t get around to photos straight away because I had an extra project to get on with.
Anyway, finally.

My series of ramshackle houses explores community. In this work, I am looking at the positive and negative space of community. Showing that different communities and those within their margins by definition also mean others are not included in that community.
So what about those on the edges?
Or those who who are beyond the periphery?


Monday, 30 March 2020

Leather Tool Roll

Ages ago...(maybe 4 or 5 years 😲) my son asked me to make him a tool roll for his chainsaw files etc. So, because it was going to be complicated, I put it on the back burner to think about how I would do it. At one point I thought I would get on with it, but the leathers I had in the stash did not suit his ideas.
But the vendor I regularly got leather from had stopped vending... so time went on. Then in 2018 I caught a glimpse of a leather vendor just as I was leaving the Bristol show They we’re back last year. She had a good size piece, but for £30. Which I hadn’t got. So I said, what about that misshapen section? So she cut that part off, leaving her with a more squared off piece others might like. The piece I got was about twice what I used here. and only cost £10!
I find it easier to design something out of my head if it already has an interesting shape. 

Anyway, after dithering (🤨will I be able to make something he likes?) I finally decided I better do it for this birthday and get it out of my head!!

Plus - An extra file pocket and a small pocket for whatever. 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Embroidery strip 2020 - 22-28 March

Week 13
This week I chose colours that reflected the sections, for instance green on green and brown on brown. Some blended in so well they disappeared, some more noticeable.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Something on Saturday

Treasure 55
Another special cuddly toy.

I made a huge bird costume for a commission one time. My friend Niki modelled it for photos. Our friend Mike did the photos. Even my husband keeps photos of it on his phone! So it was great fun for many of my friends. When one of them saw this toy, they bought it as it reminds us about the costume. I can’t remember who gave it to me, maybe my friend Pat, Niki’s mum.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Free perks

A Certain Young Man has come home...he’d rather be locked down with us than on his own when everyone else has already gone. The research PhD students stayed on longer than the rest of the uni.

Anyway, he and the Thoughtful Man went to get a bit more food. At this point it is still allowed!
They came back with this!

The manager said they were near their sell by and no one was buying them, since Mothering Sunday was on Sunday. The ticket said £10!
Nothing wrong with them as far as I can tell. I have put them next to the 3D card my son gave me Sunday. He also cooked dinner on Saturday evening AND Sunday!

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Embroidery Strip 2020 - 15-21 March

Week 12
This week I used threads that are in the orange range. Well, some are more close to yellow, but I haven’t got much orange in my stash.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Something on Saturday (or not)

Okay. So this wasn’t actually posted on Saturday. I was finishing off another project with a deadline.

Treasure 54

A vase given to me from my son.
It holds my collection of peacock feathers.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

A bit of progress

A glimpse...

Halfway through quilting. Hope to finish a work on binding today.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Embroidery strip 2020 - 8-14 March

Week 11

This week I used threads of purple hues.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Something on Saturday

Treasure 53

Another glass dish
I was going to stop at 52, a ‘year’ discounting the weeks I missed out, but I can’t think of anything else clever at the moment. So, I will carry on to 100. I still have treasures here and there which aren’t also cows. 😁

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

This week’s project


I am working on a Ramshackle piece for Stretching Art and Tradition 20. The theme is Community. So, perfect for an idea I have had.
And here is a glimpse from early in the week when the sun was shining through the window.

The sun picked up the chalk marks I made for the villages and houses.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Embroidery strip 2020 - 1-7 March

Week 10

This week I used threads with green.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Something on Saturday

Treasure 52

One of the lovely glass dishes I have.

Friday, 6 March 2020

And here we are!

Finally, I have finished the purses I cut out years ago for the Sew Powerful project. I was working on them throughout February. I am so glad they have a updated pattern now, so when I get back to doing more, I can make them more swiftly. If you remember, Jason and Cinnamon were at Festival of Quilts last year.





I wrote the words on the back of the purses using free motion zigzag stitch.

Monday, 2 March 2020


Reflections from the new black faceted kettle.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Embroidery strip 2020 - 23-29 February

Week 9

This week I chose threads with red or pink.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Something on Saturday

Treasure 51

My friend Pat is a wonderful knitter. Some years ago, she was making everyone a ‘jelly baby’. This is mine.
Isn’t he cute?

Friday, 28 February 2020

Amaryllis watch

These are the last of the Amaryllis flowers for this winter. Double Red Dragon. We had a second stalk of the Double Dancing Queen which finished last week and this the the second of the stalks for the red ones. The other doubles all had 3 flowers, but this had 4.  Dancing Queen was slightly frilly and a few were triple flowers. Red Dragon was fairly straight and also had a few triple flowers.

Like it really matters! But I like them

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Pancake Day

Yesterday we met at our friend’s house to have a pancake night. One day early because other friends were going away today. 🧇
Mr Thoughtful was one of the ones who made pancakes. And some gluten free pancakes for me. We love getting together with these dear people.

But I forgot to take photos when we were there. 🤭

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Embroidery strip 2020 - 16-22 February

Week 8
I chose threads that were blue, contained blue or grey/black.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Something on Saturday

Treasure 50

A new Treasure. It is just right.
Oh, and the kettle is new. NOT a treasure! The old one died on Sunday morning...that afternoon we had a knock on the door, delivery of a new one. Looks swish, but apparently it was cheap and Sunday delivery.

Friday, 21 February 2020

A bit of sampling

trying out a way of decorating denim

I like writing with the machine using a zigzag stitch.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

A special lunch

We don’t usually go out for Valentine’s Day on the day, because it is too busy. So, this year we went to lunch on Monday at the cafe at Holme Grange.

Cute little milk can.

We had one of the best omelettes I have ever had. Cheese and Mushrooms.

I would definitely recommend the cafe! I have no idea about the chocolate. We were looking for lunch and the garden centre was quite busy and food would have been a 45min delay!

Monday, 17 February 2020

My evening work spot

Just to show you how I use the carrying bowl for my daily embroidery.

And my Valentine roses! And the 25Million stitching project.