Christmas strikes early.


Some of the tribe at the show in Ripon Cathedral this week-  but meanwhile back at home…..

“No problem. Need samples for the December class. Shall I take one of the pre printed forest animal panels and see what I can do with it. Must showcase the fabric and engage people to come to try freehand/motion working. Not a problem.”

I do wish that when at work  I would shut up at these strategic moments.


2 garland ideas for a visiting group to try, a metre and a half of decorative panels strung together ( reminds me of  a pelmet crossed with a hockey skirt), quilted pictures, quilt block proposals, and a  small “quilt” later…..even did a little hand sewing…… ( I do work in a quilt/embroidery shop)….



Moda, who produced the animal images, are usually a bit tight, so why did they decide to populate whole forests with just one panel!!!!

Never mind. Working with found images can be fun, and although this isn’t really my preferred style of work it should provide a bit of entertainment, technical practice, be a ‘safe’ start point and act as a confidence builder. Just got the backing and binding on the ‘quilt’ to do then it is back to my own stuff!

Will admit, cutting the hedge is starting to look like an attractive option.

I gave in. Used about half the panel – the rest has been divided up and is on sale in the shop as smaller blocks.



Thinking Ahead

There was a frost, I made a penguin pillow and Christmas bunting for work a while ago – this means Christmas and the New Year aren’t too far away.  I am still finishing the Summer work, not yet on the Autumn stuff !p1050987

This is the complete piece first shown in the blog “Yellow”.  It is so heavily stitched in places that it is unrepentantly wobbly and will not remain flat. Rather than argue  I have just sealed the edges so of course it is now wildly of true. Win some, lose them later.

The other  strand of activity has been planning and developing some Christmas ideas using  some freehand work. These are for a couple of  second level afternoons (not total beginners or at least survivors of an introductory afternoon) run at the Viking Loom and I may well offer more intricate and intensive  afternoons at home. Some I intend to make up for the Artisan and Craft events I booked up for ( sad I know, but I enjoy eating).

If anyone is interested in joining me for any of these, the Thursday morning  sew ins, or in the new programme of workshops for the new  year please make contact.


The three autumn trees

So last week I showed the intense autumn tree – this week it’s what happened next, and  what is still happening to all the leftover bits.


Tree 2 –  This was scrappy  bits  of the unwanted  fabrics  in rough layers, stitched and then cut back as in the first one. The whole looked a little stubby so the  scraps of the scraps were  sewn into the extended  branches. There is definite difference in the result, the bottom half is richer and denser, but difference gives the tree more character and life1 happy accident.


This is tree  3- on the last part of the  old linen but this time the pulled fibres and scraps of the scraps of scraps  are worked into the stitches as the tree grows. It looks so much lighter and more delicate.


I like them together, as a sequence, but  already

Been  experimenting with adding a quilted landscape around the last tree but am not certain if it is effective enough. Perhaps a slight colour in the line could help – it is getting back to the idea of only having certain areas in full focus. When it is dry then It will be decision time.


There is still a small pile if fibres left to play with – a small bush perhaps. or maybe use if developing the quilting further………