Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Sharpies, alcohol and the next generation

Today I've been messing about with Sharpie permanent marker pens. I had a boring white t-shirt that needed a bit of livening up ready for my holiday next week so, after stretching it over a frame to stop any ink seeping through the front onto the back, I just doodled.

Then the serendipity bit - applying isopropyl alcohol, drop by drop, with a pipette. This is what I ended up with:-

On a completely different subject, my 7 year old nephew, Finley (on the right):-

was obviously inspired by his stitched portrait as my sister sent me this photo today:-

I understand it's going to be an England flag and he's going to do a little bit every day. Although he loves to draw and paint, I think this is the first time he's ever tried his hand at embroidery. I'm so chuffed he wants to emulate his Aunty.

Monday, 16 August 2010

A lovely day

Today is my youngest sister's birthday but we had an early celebration yesterday with lunch for most of the family at her house. Grace came too and had a lovely time playing in the garden.

Cutting the grass

On the swing

Stroking Bert the chicken

Bouncing on the big trampoline

And learning to do 'head over heels'

I know, as a doting Nana, I'm biased, but isn't she gorgeous.

And in case you're wondering where the sewing is in this post, here's my sister with the portrait of her two boys that I stitched for her birthday gift.

We had a lovely day!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Deja vu ...

Last Christmas I made a bag for each of the eleven females on my present list. They were based on a pattern I found here which I adapted to make a bigger version. They were a huge hit with the recipients and were easy to make but by after churning out eleven on the trot, I never wanted to make another one again.

For some reason, I didn't get round to taking any decent photos of any of them so didn't write about them here then - but I'm about to put that right!

My niece, Kelly, has a friend who's been admiring her bag. It's the friend's birthday very soon which prompted a plea to Aunty, "Would you make another one please?"

So, here's one side:-

And here's the other:-

One day I might even get round to making one for myself.....

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

In Print!

I was so excited when the postman brought me this yesterday!

It's my advance copy of Marion Barnett's latest book, "Exquisite Evolon" and on this page:-

and this page

is some of my work!

I was thrilled to be asked by Marion to be one of the artists featured in the Gallery section. She gave us all some Evolon to play with and it's really interesting to see the diversity of the results.

If you've not come across Evolon before, you can find out what it is at the Spunart website (there's more of Marion's work there too). This little gem of a book gives you all the 'how to' (and the how not to!) information you'll need for dyeing, colouring, printing, heat distorting and stitching this lovely soft synthetic fabric.

"Exquisite Evolon" will be launched at The Festival of Quilts show at the NEC, Birmingham later this month - you can get a copy for yourself at the Colourcraft stand (No G3 ) if you're planning to visit - or from Marion after the show.