First the soaking and seeping
Friday, February 17, 2017
First the soaking and seeping
Friday, February 10, 2017
In contrast, it was a sunny as we walked another section of the London Loop (https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk) on Tuesday, this time 17 km from Banstead to Malden. As always there were landmarks ... a prison built about 1770 and a fungi covered tree trunk
The Watch House in Ewell, more details at http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WatchHouse.html
Possible stitch patterns ...
There was quiet in the studio on Weds as we
|Two days, two lines,|
Saturday, February 4, 2017
And I'm feeling very relieved to have rinsed, washed, ironed, and logged the 24 pieces of fabric that were put into dye baths three weeks ago.
The record keeping was a bit tedious but now I have colour recipes when I want a particular colour and shade.
Not sure how i'll use them yet, somewhere that'll show the great patterns from the more or less fidgeting I did with the fabric while it was in the dye bath.
Maybe the fabric will come into its own for a piece based on some of the ways that lines have - I'm collecting lots of pics of lines, like these on a walk around Bloomsbury last week.
Lots of blue plaques en route (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques)
Finally, a couple of pics from last weekend in Dorset: I slept under this ancient beam and the first snowdrops bloomed under my window.
Have a good weekend all. My to do list includes mushroom soup and drafting a poem for the first workshop of a Poetry School (https://poetryschool.com) online course called Re-writing the Map.
This fits wonderfully with the work I'm doing on journeys at Inspiration to Stitch -almost too good to be true.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I made a start on sketchbook pages on the theme of journey and did some printing for the last one to go into the Autumn book.
We walked from Coulson South to Banstead - along the green paths of suburbia with London on the skyline. All part of the London Loop, for more details see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk
The weekend rain that made my drive to Kent a very unpleasant experience of spray and fog had turned the bridleways (shared with LL pathways) close to Epsom Downs into mud baths. Thank goodness for good boots and good chat with good friends as we made our way along the northern ridge of the Northern Downs.
Our route out of Coulson took us under the wonderful walls of this new railway bridge and
we reached Banstead over an old railway bridge with some slate 'roof tiles'. Two more examples for my collection of patterns I might, someday, stitch. I just love the weightiness of the slate.
Finally, more lines in the evening sky as I close the blinds .... hopefully a good omen for tomorrow when I'll be dyeing fabric with the Institches fabric wizards.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
At last, the quilt made with fabric bought in New York in December 2014 has made it way to the finishing line ... a journey of two years, so about average!
The last stitch in the hanging sleeve for this quilt was made with good timing: no need to tuck it all into the suitcase coming with me back to UK today. There's enough in there already including, of course, the tea bag work in progress.
Just love the paper that emerges when these are emptied.
This quilt is a first for me in terms of main and border design and quilting. But I'm not fond of large projects and can't wait to work small and slow in a sketchbook on my next Inspiration to Stitch day tomorrow. More on this later.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
This explanation goes on for a bit so by way of light relief I'm posting photos of how the drop in temperature in the last few days has wrought its magic on our garden and the adjacent farmers track.
Just for a change, a winter leaf
I love how the leaf skeleton is highlighted here
Maybe a stitching pattern here
This year I plan to share my poems in a different way by publishing many more on this blog. Once a poem is on one of these general pages I'll add it to the Collection page and look forward to your comments. I'd love for this to be a way for me to hear what you think, how the poem looked and sounded to you etc., etc.
Yippee, no more hours in the poetry office, more hours to enjoy the writing and rewriting and for reading and commenting on the poems posted on the sharing poems Facebook closed page I'm part of following the 52 project. Its a decision that feels a very good one to have made as a new year begins.
Answers in the comments secant please ...
A slow walk today with my wonderful new camera (thank you, James) and some useful hints from Paul about how to keep still while pressing the shutter resulted in these and many other photos that I hope will be valuable for my new Inspiration to Stitch sketchbook.
Then we all had a fast walk with the dogs, off road, in and out of the sunshine, tracking the changes underfoot between the shady and sunlit verges.
Finally, here is today's poem (not that there will necessarily be one tomorrow). This is draft two, draft one was longer and I have some very good poets friends to thank for pointing out the repetition and the value of this particular poem being short.
And to close a glimpse of a scattering of seed stitches ... a needle, thread and slow fingers
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Here are most of the dissembled pages, awaiting the decision about what to include and what to maybe keep for something else ...
A few that might not make it into the Autumn Book
|I quite like most of these|
|Found one more use for the empty teabags ... just the right size to hold my sewn leaves|
|Finally, some sort of order emerges ...|
|At last, a cover page|
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Tea bag paper sews well, its tough stuff and easy to get an accurate 1/4 inch seam with the very precisily cut edges.
One nine patch and the first book
In contrast, until I removed the paper thin metal flange from inside the Juki bobbin case,
my end-of-year quilting was rubbish!!! Thank goodness for Google and the leather workers website with its wealth of help about what can go wrong with Juki bobbins and how to fix the problems.
Unsurprisingly the solution was simple - remove said flange. Quilt now done and just one more to do (for now).
To leave or make a mark in some way ... tomorrow's decisions
Loving that pages that arrive with their own marks
from the terrace ...
My not favourite corner on days like this but Crumble likes this route away from the giant tractors driven by our farming neighbours