Monday, 26 February 2018

Bead on - 18-24 Feb

week 8 - 2018

Apologies for the delay on posting this! I didn't get time for the photos til today.

daily beading on squares

I didn't get started on the 3rd length of the Triple St Petersburg chain trim. But to give you something more to look at -

This is fabric I got at Lady Sew and Sew when I was there teaching on Tues. The dark brown is another colourway that goes with this fabric, which I used for buildings in a project that still has to remain secret.
If I want to do more buildings, then here it is already to help give more depth...or something.
I didn't have a lot of money with me (on purpose!) so I only got a long quarter piece.
The orange is meant for a possible idea for recording/commemorating another story about a people group. There was one or two versions of the fabric with squares that I am using for the daily bead. But they weren't really what I thought I wanted. So, I will see what I think about this, and if not, I might get some of the other when I am back there to hang my exhibition.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 58

When I started doing the cow photos, I thought it might not last the year. Then when I got to last week's photo, I thought it was the last one. (besides a few not worth mentioning).
But I have been noticing more here and there...
And I still haven't done the mugs!
I can't remember who gave this paint stirrer to me. It hangs off a notice board that is covered with so much stuff that I hardly look at it anymore. But it hangs down past the calendar, so that is why it got noticed.
I do like it though. Just the right amount of humour when it does catch your eye.

So, on we go...

Friday, 23 February 2018

Machine embroidery

Yesterday I mentioned I taught on Tuesday. Now and then I teach a Machine Embroidery class at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley.

Here are some photos showing how the students progressed. The first photos show the start of their journey and the second photos show the work at the end of the day.



So far the courses have been for Beginners, but I am teaching Intermediate Machine Embroidery on the 21st of March. Then another Beginner Machine Embroidery course on 25th April.

AND I have an exhibition of my smaller pieces, like my dragons. Also at Lady Sew and Sew. 12-30 March. Imagination in Detail: Small Stories.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I had a full day of teaching on Tuesday. I like seeing how people go from no clue about free motion work to being confident enough to embellish fabric. I will be showing some of the examples tomorrow. I also like that I am able to learn something, too.
Each time I teach this I have to get to figure out how to use machines I am unfamiliar with. It takes a while, but usually with the machine booklet, the student's experience with it and alot of 'what if', we manage.
success for this student and for me!
But this time, one of the ladies was having alot of problems getting her machine tensions right just so she could start working on the technique. I usually can get things sorted with just the top tensions. But this one wanted the bottom tension tweaked. This is much easier on a front loading bobbin, but this machine has a drop in bottom. I was saying to the students that I think I need a course on sewing machine mechanics! I don't really like to go too far with messing with someone else's machine. But eventually I got brave enough to dig around and learned how to adjust the tension on top loading machines! Or at least that one.

I like that teaching gives me a real buzz and I can keep going for doing much more than I usually can do. However, I also have to keep in mind recovery for a few days after. Yesterday was not good at all, so I watched Winter Olympics like a couch potato.
I like Winter Olympics! Particularly the Ice Skating and the Curling. But I also like some of the more extreme sports like snowboard and skiing jumps and things. I got interested when my son was younger and watched X Games.

This is a random photo of whatever was on telly at the time so I could put it in this post.
Today I am feeling alot better, but have a dull headache. So, here is another like - the chair table the Thoughtful Man gave me for Christmas.
It means I can still watch the Winter Olympics and use the laptop here in the lounge.

Forgot this bit:
To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Bead on - 11-17 Feb

week 7 - 2018

daily beading on squares

bead trim
While watching the Winter Olympics, I completed the second side of the Double Petersburg Chain.

This week, after teaching in the first part of the week, I will start to do a 3rd side which is the same colour as the first -  lighter side.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Something On Saturday

week 57

I think this cow and calf were a gift from family. I do like it, because I like cow and calf combos. But the muzzle of the calf was dreadful. and some other parts of the cow were pretty sad, too. So sometime back I did a little touch up painting.
OK, it is still a bit strange. But not as strange as it started out.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ramshackle Homes - Finished

Even though I am spending time watching the Winter Olympics, I am getting things done. Mostly handwork things. So, incentive to finish the hand-stitching on the binding of the Ramshackle piece I will be sending to the Benefit Auction. The call for it hasn't come out yet, but I wanted to get it done before next month, which will be a bit busy.

So, Ramshackle Homes

I wanted to explore the golden colour at a slightly larger size. And I wanted to play with differently shaped plants. So, I think it is okay, but I prefer the darker lines. Still, it is bright and cheerful and someone will like it.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

One thing I like to do is this:
Set the table when I empty the dishwasher. OK, it isn't so far from the cutlery drawer to the table, and even less from the cupboard with the plates. But when you have limited energy, why put them away and then later in the day get them out again?
Besides, the two men that frequent my house don't fret so much about what time dinner is if they come home and see the table is already set! 😁😝

I also like to keep a tablecloth on the table. Not just for protection, but it just looks nice.
The placemats here were made by my Mom. The have teapots on them. Actually, my proper British type placements have teapots, too. The blueish coasters are from that set. But I decided to have a change for a while. I use the wood cutting boards for protection from hot dishes. I did have some hotpads, but one time a metal teapot still made a mark on the wooden table. So, I have used these for many years.
The guest placemat is where I have breakfast, so I use one of the pinkish coasters (with teapots) as extra protection on top of the placemat to put my porridge.

This week I am liking the Winter Olympics and doing handwork. Of course, it comes to evening and I realise I have no time left to blog.

I like the special things the Thoughtful Man does.
The Day Before Valentine's Day!

And then On Valentine's Day we don't join the crowd. Sometimes we go out for lunch - soup and a roll at a little place. Sometimes we wait and do a meal the next day when it is less crowded.
This year, we went to the matinee showing of Early Man, an Aardman film. (Who did Wallace and Gromit.) Very Funny! you do have to know a bit about British Football to get some of the puns, but even if you don't, it is good.
Being the afternoon viewing when schools are on half-term holiday, we thought it would be crowded with children. But the ones who were their were with grandparents or mums all quite well behaved and not too many of them. There was another couple a bit older than us doing the Valentine's Day date at the cinema.

For tea, instead of going out, The Thoughtful Man picked up a couple burgers at the burger van (cool! I just Googled him, thinking someone might have taken a photo, and found he has a facebook site!) down by the shops. Quite good and loads of chips. and I didn't have to cook!

And basically, I like the Thoughtful Man! Very much. 💖

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Bead on - 4-10 Feb

week 6 - 2018

daily beading on squares

bead trim
Double Saint Petersburg chain  - half the length of the first side

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 56

Slightly boring, but a creamer. I think I tried to use this one - it is a bit bigger - but still not worth the time hoping you can clean all the cream out of the crannies inside.

Friday, 9 February 2018

a little something

Sometime back I made a few of these.
I called them book cases at the time. But, they could be used for putting lingerie in a suitcase to keep your tights from getting a run - which is what some friends did with them.
Several of my friends are using them for a cover for their Bible. So, a new(ish) friend asked my other friend where she got it. And to make a long story short, I have finally got one finished for her.
She likes green.
In the meanwhile I had forgotten how I made the first ones! So, it is similar inside, but not matching.
inside first ones
Still, it will work the same.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like these button coasters made of silicone! A late present from family. I like them so much I haven't used them yet! Seems a pity to split them up around the house. Maybe brighten up the table? I have some others I usually use there.
Something specific will come around and they will be just right.

I like the lights in my dining room.
About the only 'modern' thing we have for decoration.

And I especially like them now that Mr. Thoughtful washed years of dust off them a couple weeks ago. Not that he wouldn't have earlier, but they do take a bit of delicate handling when you take them down.
So, you put off doing them. And you don't realise how bad they had become. It was about impossible to get them clean handwashing, so we chanced the dishwasher, which worked brilliantly. (Pun not intended!)
Yes, I suppose I could have tried to do it, but I really do not trust my legs anymore...and I still wouldn't have been tall enough with a step stool to reach and hand onto the little screws and things.

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

In progress

A new Ramshackle in progress.

I wanted to explore the golden yellow lines a bit more from the last piece - Ramshackle Row. This fabric is more mottled and has some darker yellow spots.
It almost gives the look of watercolour, where the pigment pools up in areas and dries darker.
In person, I wasn't too sure. But seeing the photo helps me look at it as a whole. I think it works!
I will probably experiment with the stitching a bit, but that is to be pondered.

I had a name in mind and now it is not. (in mind 😁 ) so I have to wait for it to come back.
The finished piece will be 12x12in. and sent off for the SAQA Benefit Auction.

Monday, 5 February 2018

white amarylis

The white amarylis has been in full bloom. The others all are just the leaves now.
Loved this look with the morning sun on it.

The base had seemed very tight and it took ages for that stem to grow. No leaves have started coming, either, except just poking up. Then another little green bit started poking up. But weeks later, they were still the same. It seemed they were stuck. The bulb was very tight at the top point where the layers of growth had shown.
So, a few weeks ago I cut into the area around the top of the bulb a bit to make tabs of the layers to see if I could give it more room. And now it looks like the second green bit was another flower stem waiting to grow. So, today I cut most of the old stuff back to give the flower shoot and the leaves more room.

So, this is a long lasting flower saqa. Perhaps the second one will be open around Easter, unless it grows faster than the first stem. It looks a bit Easterish, being white.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Bead on - 28 Jan - 3 Feb

Week 5 - 2018

The daily bead project
You can just see at the left side where the beads have turned to the next row. In the boustrophedon manner.

My new favourite word... boustrophedon from Greek “as the ox plows”.
Its original use was for the Greek manner of writing left to right and then back from right to left - opposite directions.

And the Trim - Double Petersburg chain.
The end in detail to show it's length at the end of January. At this point just Petersburg chain.
and now I have begun the second part to make it double.
I will have to decide if I want to swap back to the other colourway at the end of February. In which it would be a Triple Petersburg chain, I suppose!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 55

another creamer picked up somewhere 2nd hand, a present from someone's French coastal  holiday, I guess.
Lives on a high shelf with the others.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like my DAB radio. It keeps me going through the day.

Fingers do their thing while the music plays. usually set to UCB2. But when Test Match Special is on in the summer, it is usually tuned to the Cricket.

I like looking out the window to see the 'Woodstock' tree.
I posted this photo around this time in 2015. There is a bit more scruff now- the branches look like when Linus used to pat the birds on the head. But I still am amused when I look out the window and see it there.
Oh, yeah, it is a cherry tree in real life.

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.