Sunday, 28 February 2010

Aurora Borealis

I needed to take a break this weekend from working on the piece I'm entering into a juried exhibition next month. At our Embroiders Guild meeting last Saturday, members were asked to produce one or two fabric postcards which are to be sold at an event in Sheringham, North Norfolk later this year to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge which is due to open in December.

I've not had my embellisher out for a while so I used a couple of skeins of multi-coloured wool felt yarn from my stash and embellished some onto three different colours of acrylic felt. I really wasn't happy with the results until I turned the pieces over and saw the back. I've never been lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis but that's exactly what the pieces brought to mind. Some trimming to size, hand stitching with metallic thread and satin stitching the edges on the sewing machine and I'd got six postcards to donate to this worthwhile cause.

It's quite hard to see the hand stitching but hopefully, if you click the images to enlarge, you should be able to see at least some of it.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

'Revelation' update, Creative Cue and a Lovely Surprise!

I've had a few tries with Dan Nelson's method of drawing with varying degrees of success. I'm wondering whether it's just not possible to teach this old dog new tricks but I will persevere. This is the best of the bunch so far:-

Last Sunday's Creative Cue word was Tie which reminded me of a UFO from last summer. I cut strips from lots of old silk ties with a view to making a garment of some sort - maybe a waistcoat - but I didn't get very far and they'd got bundled together in a bag in the UFO box. I'd completely forgotten about them until I started thinking about the Cue so I unearthed them and did some more stitching. I'd also forgotten how fiddly and mind-numbingly boring it was! Anyway, here's the results:-

And they've now gone back in the UFO box for a rainy day.

Finally, Myfanwy has nominated me for an award - what a lovely surprise!

To accept the award, I need to include the logo on my own blog (done that - see above), pass the award onto five other bloggers and link to them within the post (see below) and let the nominees know they have been nominated for the award by commenting on their blogs (and I'll be off to do that as soon as I've posted this!)

First up is Pat who always has something interesting to say, writes great poetry, takes lovely pictures of life in the Yorkshire Dales and who sews as well. Next is Mai in Japan who makes the most delightful tiny, little things which are all hand sewn. Mai recently got married and is expecting her first baby who is currently known as 'Tomato'! Karen also does exquisite hand embroidery - I don't know how she has the patience - nor how she manages to keep her (mainly white) work so clean. Gwen in the USA writes a blog called "Textile Arts Resource Guide" which aims to "identify and provide access to a wide range of online resources that are informational, inspirational and/or thought provoking" and she certainly succeeds. Lastly Susan, also in the USA and mentioned before on this blog here and whose work I really admire.

Please pop over and say hello to my nominees (it was really difficult picking just five!). I'm sure you'll enjoy their blogs as much as I do.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A Revelation!

I've been trying, ever since I first held a pencil, to draw. Although I usually end up with something recognisable, I'm not really what you'd call an 'artist' and I'm never particularly satisfied with what I draw.

Today, I felt lazy, so decided to spend the afternoon catching up on blog reading and then just idly surfing the net. It could be the most productive hour or so that I've ever spent in improving my drawing skills! Why you may ask? I came across a short video clip here of an American artist called Dan Nelson and I'm off to try out his suggestion. I'll let you know if it works.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


This week's Creative Cue word is 'odd'. I don't know what it about my washing machine but it definitely doesn't like pairs of socks. Every week I'm left with one lonely little sock that's lost its partner.

Here's a quick watercolour pencil sketch of my washing line with the latest crop of victims. I'm sure I'm not alone in experiencing this phenomena .....