I have been stitching since the late 80's I used to knit till it went out of fashion in the 80's,I enjoy many forms of stitching hardanger,blackwork, any counted stitches, cross-stitch, Quilting,stumpwork,beading and of course my first passion which was knitting.I love the colour purple, I like to stitch samplers I love alphabets, will design my own for special occasions.I like following designer lizzie kate, brent creek,prarie schooler, shepherds bush, little house needlework, Country Cottage Needle work and many more.
A great day was had by all, there were nine of us, this is what we where making this is Stuarts sample.
It folds up into a square, by the end of the workshop we had all mastered mitred corners on the binding,
This is my fabric once cut out, this my first time using adhesive spay to cut out all the layers together,
Here are two of my components finished two more to finish hand stitching, we learn loads today off Stuart, made my first covered button, found out the notches on the quilting foot are a 1/4 inch so can assist with measuring while you stitch.
I was invited by Georgia Girl Quilter Anna to join a Round the World Blog Hop this is a little similar to the Blog Party I participated in earlier in the year. Anna is a Quilter and embroiderer she has some beautiful photos on her blog of her work.
What am I working on at the moment?
I do a lot of exchanges on Hooked on Exchanging as I love to receive mystery packages in the post so I am unable to share that with you at the moment. I like a lot of people will have a lot of UFO's on the go but at the moment I am working on Cinnamon Hearts by Threadworks Primitives it stitched up very quickly I just need to finish it of.
I enjoy doing many crafts I dabble in all sorts, this week I have workshop with Stuart Hillard of the British TV Sewing Bee fame, I have done quite a few workshops with him over the last year this workshop is quilting orientated we are making something called a sewing whatnot I have enjoyed picking new fabric to do this workshop of course I did not have the correct fabric in my stash.
I also do a lot of bead I am lucky that the beading group I go to are having Melanie Potter to come and teach us for two classes in early October so I have been gathering all my beads for this class, off course I need to buy some more.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I do not think my work is any different from anyone else I love to follow a pattern I am not in to freestyle art, in my bead work I may dabble with the original pattern as I am not a lover of bracelets so I may adapt patterns and turn them into necklaces,
The above bracelet was by Laura MaCabe who I did a workshop with, I had a kit provided by her, which I managed to produce a bracelet and a necklace from but I adapted her original idea.
Below is many hours of work it can sometimes take me months to finish an article of jewellery.
Why do I create what I do?
I have always been creative as a child it was knitting cloths for my dolls till I progresses to cloths for myself and family, then when kitting when out of Vogue in the early 90's my focus turned to x-stitch, beading, tailoring and quilting and I bought my 1st sewing machine I now have the use of three!
My motivation in what I stitch/sew now is because most of what I create is for a gift or an exchange. I usually only stitch gifts for relatives as a lot of work goes into them my Mother-in-law loves biscornu's so I have stitched a few as presents.
With my exchanges I will read a persons blog and see what they like before deciding what to stitch they are usually some kind of ornament or small depending on the exchange criteria.
I tend to only stitch a lot of small items for myself usually scissor keeps as I have a lot of scissors, don't we all.
Why do I write what I do?
I feel our blogs are just another creative outlet mine is not as good as some I read but I love to share with people what I create, it gives me a buzz when people leave comments, I always check out the total of page previews and the live traffic feed to see who has been visiting.
Now to pass the torch on
Please visit these lovely ladies who have accepted my invite to participate in the blog hop, they will post their blog hops on Monday 29th September but why not drop by now to see what they are up too.
In my days off we had a trip out to Skipton and visited Samual Taylor's at Embssay, I was looking for Halloween fabric but unfortunately they didn't have anything Halloween in, even in the paper craft section. We did manage a coffee in the cafe.
I did of course buy some more fabric for my stash. Then off course once I got home I realised I needed some felt for an exchange I am doing, oh well I will just have to go craft shopping again this week!
This year is going so fast Christmas will be in the shops soon if not already there. I have been busy over the last few weeks finished some canvas work by Sue Hawkins which I found in a magazine from 1998, I made it as a gift for my mother-in-law's birthday,
I need to think about what I am going to make as Christmas presents but no ideas as yet, while we where away at the coast I saw a lovely crafty shop from the bus it was called
there is a lot of hand made crafts for sale and loads of arts and craft stuff some quiet vintage in style, I found this lovely heart to hang things off, I have a passion for making ornaments be it Christmas or Halloween I have somewhere to hang them now.
I then realised I had a great kit I bought earlier in the year from the states that I can hang of the bottom keeping the heart theme up,
I have started to stitch this it is growing quite nicely.