Monday, 30 March 2015

Cedar of Lebanon - 3

On Saturday at the Offcuts meeting I finished the stitching on the Cedar of Lebanon. Now it needs to have the soluble stabiliser washed out.
I am pretty happy with this!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

And the bead keeps going on...22-26 March

Week 13 March 2015

Just part of this week. The rest will be shown with the photos of all of March on the 31st.






Friday, 27 March 2015

Henley Art Trail - Heat and the Flames

Right - things are starting to settle.

Today I sent the info for my Heat and the Flame gown/ensemble to Lady Sew and Sew for the Henley Art Trail. When I saw them at Festival of Quilts, I promised them I would enter it this year.

What I also realised is that I never did get good photos when I finished it last year. The ones in the Fashion Sans Frontieres show were very blurry.

So, here they are. I took some with flash and some without and have decided to show both. Different details highlighted with either setting.

Without Flash front

Without Flash back

With Flash front

With Flash back

Interesting to visit it again all this time later. Things you wish you had time to do then no longer matter!

I am linking this to Off the Wall Friday at Nina-Marie's.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

normal service will resume shortly

Some life and health things going on.

-eyes need updating- requiring a trip to town and a follow-up trip, which I can't do today because I hurt too much from yesterday.

-Finally a letter from the hospital about pain clinic and a letter for GP to try a medicine. Go to Dr surgery to make appointment...oh he has left. GRRRR. Let's see, that is 4 since I was diagnosed. and Dr surgery has no appointments unless I try to beat the queue for the emergency ones. (one dr on holiday, one off sick, all others booked up.)

-emails from family is in hospital...'hurt' his hip last week when he was getting the wood in. took 30min to get from the wood shed to house using shovel as a walking stick. Still getting up and down to clean out ashes, etc. borrowed a wheel chair, etc. Oh diagnosis? Broken and dislocated hip. eek which came first? and which developed over the week of soldiering on?

So, today he is in surgery for hip replacement. Still waiting for some message from family.

So, needless to say, I am not doing too well on the 'getting things accomplished' part of life right now. Will post something when I get something to show!

Dad came through surgery well. Apparently they did a partial hip replacement which he seems to have come through fine as of Wednesday evening.
He had broken off part of the pelvic bone!

What can you do? Somehow you want to say that there are no awards for that type of ‘hero’.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cedar of Lebanon - 2

Now I am 'colouring in' the branches.

Some stitches at angles from the horizontal stitching. These will be covered with stitch, but will help hold the other stitches in place.

one main branch done

I am quite happy with how this looks! I will do the whole thing and then see if it needs any touching up.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

And the bead keeps going on...15-21 March

Week 12 March 2015








Saturday, 21 March 2015

Cedar of Lebanon - 1

The bad head is gone today! Phew.

Time for a new tree. I haven't decided backgrounds yet. Wait till I have a few and see what they look like.

Starting a Cedar of Lebanon.
The kind we mostly see here in the UK are big and sprawling old trees. But if they grow in a stand of trees, they grow straight and tall.
Which is why they were much sought after in trade with the country of Lebanon in the times of the Ancients. They were used for building houses, palaces, ships and are especially mentioned as being collected by King David of Israel to be used by his son Solomon when he became King to build the Temple in Jerusalem.
We have a book written by a forester about trees mentioned in the Bible and/or which grow in the Middle East. I am enjoying it for the forestry part (I never thought about a forester's viewpoint of ancient manuscripts!) as much as for the images of trees and what they have been used for.

So, here is the quick outline based on the trees in the photo.
It reminds me a bit of the Sequoias and Redwood Trees in the way the branches grow. We have a few Wellingtonia trees around here that look similar.

And here I have done the work on the trunk. Some areas are 'coloured in' outside the line into the branches part.
I will draw the branches over top those sections. It gives some depth. but is mainly functional so that when the water soluble fabric is dissolved, the tree doesn't come apart at the joining of the different sections.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Happy Dance Day!

I have just had wonderful news today. My work submitted for the 6th European Quilt Triennial has been accepted!

I am pretty amazed!

The exhibition starts in September at Textilsammlung Max Berk (Textile Museum in Heidelberg, Germany), then goes to Switzerland and will be at Festival of Quilts in 2016.

I have to keep the reveal till the exhibition, but it is a further development of my Ramshackle Series.

You may recall this experiment with this busy fabric.
And the adventure with obtaining Euros!

I am pretty exited. I have had a very bad head all day, so it has helped me to stay fairly well grounded though.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Beaded Bangle - 14

Another beaded bangle for presents for family.
So I won't be rushing around for gifts to take! I have started another, as well.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Recently I received an invitation to show my Bernina Fashion ensembles again. I will tell you more later because it was really an invitation to enter them. So, I won't know if they want them till a later date.

Anyway, the other day Kathy Loomis did a bit of a rant on filling out entry forms. Tonight I feel like joining her! Phew!

It is a good thing I saved just about everything about the gowns from the initial designs to the documents with descriptions and everything. It has taken me hours and hours to enter the 2. This includes resizing photos and many other nitty gritty things.
How would it be for those who had taken part for years? You can submit up to 9 ensembles. They must need days! Oh yeah, but it is online, so you have to be able to have all those details to hand for every single one.

So, while I have the photos to hand, you may as well see one from each. I will show you more if they are accepted.

The Epic Quest of the Last Dragoness - 2007

Midnight Dance by Moonlight - 2008