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20 July 2016

Creative Happiness Is.....

Time for happiness photos....

I've been buying, and things arrived in the last week or so..

I ordered these as a parcel bargain from
should keep me going for a while.....

Also this week, my regular monthly shipment of these came
I belong to a Stencil Club in the USA
there is so much happiness in that envelope!

In the meantime though, I have all these, but not without problems.
I simply wanted a new set of flat brushes.
The clear handles were wrong order entirely -
so received 20% discount and could keep.
Another seller, purple -  what I wanted,
except there is a rogue blue round brush in there.
Currently awaiting the missing purple.....

So lots of indulgence stockpiling and replacing
what will happen with all of these, well I've got this to work through
Pre-ordered back in January and also came last week or so.
Had a quick look through, but its for savouring and enjoying.

Back at the start of the year, I opted for one of these
'word of the year'
things.  Not really me but...  you may recall I chose FUN
so all of the above needs to lead to more of this....
or some of this
or possibly a bit of this
not high art - just playing and having FUN.

See its all absolutely totally necessary purchases.

Only one thing missing....
chocolate, or may be
cake - or may be just
chocolate cake!

National Celebration of Stitch 6th August 2016

Here is all the information for my local Branch.  Many Members will be present during the day - I will be there in the morning.

13 July 2016

Exhibiting News

Venue News
You will find me here
217 London Road
1st-11th September 2016

Situated on the same side of the road, and a brief walk along from Morrisons.
The display will be inside the clinic in glass cabinets, so do go in and look.

Please note your diaries for a visit to the Trail.

September is going to be a busy, as the second half of the month I will be in Rochford Art Trail.  I have had it confirmed, just awaiting details of the Venue before sharing.

I have however withdrawn from another submission.  Could I manage it, yes, but the logistics over dates for delivery/collection, being a one car household, the other's half's commitments, and not wanting to make my life complicated, it seemed sensible not to go ahead.

On a group level...

National Day of Stitch
Saturday 6th August 2016
Westcliff on Sea Library
will be hosting a chance to meet and chat with Members of
South & East Essex Branch

So if you think the Guild is stuffy and boring, think all we do is stitch crinoline ladies on traycloths, come along for a chat, may be stitch a little....  I will be there during the morning.
If you can't make that, then look out for the Branch promo event on

Saturday 17th September 2016
Southend on Sea

The Material Girls have several ideas pending, with ideas bubbling, research as we are out and about during the Summer months. No I can't reveal what, but will involve individual themes, group projects.

So please make a note to come back and check on progress, and what's on offer, support for all artists is greatly appreciated.

21 June 2016

Circling the Square

My afternoon workshop at the Embroiderers' Guild was well received I believe.  We had a nice mix of regular Members, from Members who now live long distances away, and we welcomed many new faces.  The word Guild had put them off, they were of the view that the Guild is very old fashioned.  Not sure what they made of my painted and dipped in wax piece!!!
The term 'guild' has been a source of discussion as long as (and likely before) I've been a Member.  (24 years).  Perceptions are always made whatever words and phrases are used.  Best advice give it a go and see.

So I can reveal that my Workshop involved using the puzzle page from newspapers as a design source.
I am in this photo, but which one?
Mwah ha ha.....
Photo courtesy of Penny

Last week was the regular monthly meeting of The MaterialGirls.  As always, moving forward with new ideas to explore, tentative plans for many months ahead are starting first thoughts. Sometimes its tough, but I joined to challenge myself and it provides that, in many varied ways.

You may have noticed, reference to the Eastern RegionTextile Forum has disappeared from this blog.  I have not renewed my membership, having been a Member since inception and played a large role in the creation of the current website.  Its been Eight years and simply I've changed, my needs and wants are not the same, and the organisation has moved and changed, so we are no longer a good fit.  I have met some lovely people, enjoyed their company, but I think I've found my natural end point.

I've not done much creating this week, however I have been watching some daily real time videos of making, from those who use paint and paper and others who stitch.  I like the quirky reality, the mistakes, ie the dropped brush, the unthreaded needle, in real time span.  I wonder if this is the way things are going, many people offer video tutorials for free, and others are doing these webinar things, ie watch as live and join in via comments.  As a severe (getting a little better, see above) photophobic, videos would be a long way off, unless its just hands!!!! 😀. Plus we perhaps are an unusual household, don't own and have never owned video cameras, just have the facility which comes on mobile phones and cameras.  But cameras.... we could open a shop!!

I have a new toy....

 a flower stitch foot
I've been looking at them for a long time.  For my machine the cost was prohibitive.  Last year I looked again and saw I could buy for £15-£20 but still hesitated as to how much use I'd have and was it just indulgence.  Then last week I found I could buy one for £6 with no p&p - well rude not to.
Had a little play and these amongst first trials - love it!

Current task - work out how to cobble together a quilting guide for the lefthand side of sewing machine, and still keep the right hand side guide.  It likely involves wire, paperclips and pliers..... whoever thinks textile art/embroidery are refined genteel exploits.