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17 July 2018


I am pootling along with arty things, but not for sharing, for some considerable time to come.

However, during the course of my top secret endeavours I decided I needed to have a play with my Flower Loom.
Now it should be in a drawer I says... him indoors helps me look. Its yellow I says.  Him indoors finds it - is this it?

As you can see, not yellow - but in my defence, I think I was recalling the one I had as a child, and that was definitely yellow.
The last time I used it was to make this...

Made from wire

This is the second thing we've turned the house upsidedown looking for, last one was a RED sketchbook, which turned out to be Blue.  Ooops.
I also tried to find some part done course work - but can't, may be I decided to start over and threw it away. It will be safely in an orange folder which turns out to be green!

Back to the drawer of hidden delights from long ago.  I knew this was in it, so out it came for a play - do you know what it is/does?  No points for saying a Thunderbird.

Its an Easy Punch

This particular version is battery operated.  I was reminded of it, because I've seen brand new ones launched as a 'new tool'.  I've had this since around 1980.  Effectively it punches through the fabric and leaves little loops of thread.  From my memory, unless you are careful, they all pull out again.  Its a bit like another lethal tool I own, never to be used - Tambour Hook.
So after finding the above and watching YouTube to remember how to thread the thing - tool yes, instructions no - its obviously died of old age.  No life was to be found in it.  So I might keep the needles, as it might work by hand, if I can be bothered, and the needle threader which is about 5" long, sure I will discover why I ever needed one of those.

Now if only I could remember what the gismo was which mother bought in the 70s, like a knitting machine but only 10" long - back in the days when K-Tel and Ronko brought out all these 'must have' bits of nonsense.

14 June 2018

Late Spring Clean

A couple of days back, I came onto this blog, going through the info to be found on it, updating.  I always change the date at the top of the page when I've done any editing, so viewers can tell if there is anything new.

Today, armed with...

I've shut myself away for two plus hours and played with my website.  The majority of it is cosmetic, adding a fresh look to it.  The images etc could well do with updating and re-organising, but I've run out of tea now, so think that's a sign its enough for one day.
If you would like to, please take a look, by clicking here - and if you find any typos or obvious errors do let me know.
Thank you.

31 May 2018

Little Makes

Mhmm, I think I live in a time vortex, blink and lost days, ha weeks.

Domestically I'm not in a routine which is conducive to intentions, and there is a lot of "today I'm going to..." and it gets sidetracked, 5 minute tasks taking hours, and the wretched Data Protection stuff, not only having to answer endless emails for myself, but sorting things for organisations I belong to.

For the first time in years I'm not participating in any Art Trails.  Not all of my making.  Having done so and enjoyed the whole process, I feel a bit lost over it all.  So I've been looking around to see if there are any other opportunities.

I have come across one, which is open to me, because I've enquired, but is also an entirely new process, to me.  One of these display work for a weekend and people buy there and then. Applications aren't open yet, but its on my radar.

I am also making something for a US based project, which I hope to share on the blog later.

I have finished off a couple of little pieces made at my Embroiderers' Guild Branch meetings.

First one, we had an afternoon inspired by Lynn, using scarves found in charity shops.  Lots of variety for end results.  I picked up some pieces and a single A4 piece of Khadi paper and made this:

Tore the paper in half, joined it back together and added some scrunched fabrics to make this little sample book.

Our most recent practical workshop was led by Jo - stitching on paper.  Now that makes my heart sing!
Lots of options, this is my finished piece.

Not how it originally started.I did some stitching on the map, but didn't like so cut it off.  I then cut out the paper flowers from the printed paper and stitched those on.
I've always wanted to paper cut a map, and having seen someone else do it, I decided to do that to remainder of my map.  As luck would have it, it fitted back together with the piece I'd stitched on.  So coloured in the patterned paper and overlaid. Not much by way of stitching, but several techniques.

Most of the group stitched parabolic curves, but I've already done several of those, take a look.

03 April 2018

More Alien Hunting

Following on from last post.  This section of the Wanderlust course has been about people/portraits.  Totally alien to me as mentioned. I missed out the lesson on drawing a realistic face, I know its more about observing etc but not for me.

So watched the last lesson in the series and its a SELF PORTRAIT - not really super realistic and involved using some out of the ordinary colour.  I was hesitant, there will be an alien by the end of this one, for sure.

I don't do photos, its a very long standing almost phobia.  To say it makes me feel sick, hot, heart racing, tearful to have my photo taken is an understatement.  I usually get past this by being the one who volunteers to take the photos.  I'm trying to get better about it

I was supposed to take a pic, with eyes closed, turn the photo to black and white to show tones and then paint it.
Now even without the blotchy face from a cold, and the extra large suitcases under the eyes still looked like something from a horror film.

However, I have blue eyes, so decided needed a bit of contrast, so kept eyes open.  Also decided that as there were unusual colours in the painting exercise, using the computer and a paint programme with various effects wouldn't be too far a step away.

So my plan, get on with it, fast.  Take photo, alter it, share it, phew.  Big step but quick like ripping off a sticking plaster, walk towards the thing which scares you.  So here it is, not the painting/drawing exercise as required, but a lesson in grasping the fear, getting on with it and doing.

A n d..... I suspect this is the first ever selfie ever shared.  Not likely to be a habit either.