Thursday, 28 June 2012

Woolfest and the Embroiderers Guild


(woolly pompom sheep)
I'm just catching up with last weekend. I have pictures of the most beautiful embroidery from Richmond and Leyburn Embroiderers Guild Exhibition to share with you. First though just a couple of pics that I thought might make you smile from Woolfest 2012 at Cockermouth.
 A sea of woolly pompom sheep! These filled the central auction ring with hundreds more lining the benches around the ring! 
 I couldn't resist this little cupcake as gift for Wonderful Man back at home.
Well there had to be more to it than just wool to please WM. The chocolate was tucked inside. I didn't take anymore photos as a lot of the stall holders don't allow it, plus it was far too busy and extremely soggy. Sorry. (Not to mention my I had my hands full with a one or two purchases of my own.)
 Right onto the Embroiderers Guild Exhibition. Sit back and enjoy the pictures, sorry for the poor quality but I thought it would be a bit rude to have my camera flash going off and startling people, so these were flashless. If you click on the photos they should pop up larger, fingers crossed.


 Stumpwork
 This one appeared in a recent Workbox magazine.
 A mermaids purse
 Work by my lovely friend Jeannette.
 I luuurve French knots!
 Silk ribbon embroidery on the lid of a box.



 Work by my lovely friend and companion for the afternoon, Janet. (the black mark in the sky is actually somewhere in my camera lens, can't get rid of it.)
 Machine embroidered purse.
 This was in a glass display case, sorry about the reflection spoiling it.
And lastly my favorite piece. I just love the jumble of embroidered flowers.
Well I hope you enjoyed our little outing. To update you on my to-do-list, I altered the prom dress to teenage daughters satisfaction, finished my felt flower brooches and delivered them to the gallery, (pictures next time maybe) and have almost finished another felt picture, no piccies yet as it's a secret gift, ssh. 
Now I'm off to the post office before it starts raining AGAIN! 
Till next time
love Fi x

Monday, 25 June 2012

Take a note (book) Miss Jones.


 I'm fizzing today!
 There are so many ideas in my head and sooo many things I want to do! My heart's beating faster and my skin is tingling. I spent the weekend visiting Woolfest 2012 at Cockermouth and an exhibition at my local Embroiderers Guild (must remember to show you the photos)
You may think this is a good thing for a creative bod like me, but it's not. NO! It can be quite dangerous, as being full of so many ideas means I can't decide what to do first and often this leads to the dreaded 'not doing anything at all!'
PROCRASTINATION

I have plenty of  works already in progress to finish without all the new ideas in my head. There is a new felt picture to finish embroidering, felt brooches to put together, a bunny to make, stones to crochet, stones to embroider, crochet and knitting to get on with, a crochet class to prepare and notebooks to cover...
OO! Notebooks!
Nearly forgot about them (not much room in my head at the mo)
(front A5)
 (back)
 Yes, I thought I better show you my first attempt at covered notebooks before the photos got forgotten and lost in the myriad of files and folders on my computer.
(front A5) 
 (back)
Gosh! Just remembered I need to make a birthday gift for a dear friend, a thank you gift that's way overdue for another lovely friend and I need to make some more greetings cards. OH HECK! Daughters prom dress need altering too!
 (front A6)
 (back)
 I couldn't forget pretty insides too :) I think they're almost my favourite part, lol.
Maybe I should have one of these notebooks to keep my memory in! 
or at least my list of projects to finish. The rest are for sale in Chapel Gallery.
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Thank you for the Meadow Felt love. It's now in the art and craft gallery, I'll try and remember to take a photo of it hanging in it's little space, but knowing what my memories like, don't hold your breath! I'm also hoping to teach a felting workshop later in the year too.
(just thought I'd put that out there so I don't forget, lol)

love ...er...erm...oh yes... Fi x


Edited to add :: Just noticed this was my 300th post! WHOOHOO!
I think I better add 'organize a celebratory giveaway prize' to my to do list. 
You don't mind it a bit late do you? x


Edit number 2 :: Panic over, it's ok, I've just noticed Blogger counts your drafts in with your published posts so I'm only up to 292 posts, phew! A bit of breathing space, haha. x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

TA-DAA!!! Meadow Felt Finished!

 Ta-daa time! 
All finished at last.This is the largest piece of felt I've made so far.
 This photo gives you an idea of scale. It was difficult to get parts of it under the sewing machine with enough room to move it around freely.
 It's a bit of a honey, this one. I really like it. I would really like to keep it. But needs must, as they say. Fingers crossed this one will maybe pay for a grocery shop next month, lol.
 It'll be bundled off to the gallery on Tuesday with hopes that someone will fall in love with it and want to give it a loving home. They will gaze upon it every day, and when they do, I want it to give them a lovely sunshiny feeling inside.
 And bring a little smile to their lips and tickle their heart.
 Because that's what it's done for me while it's been on my kitchen table. But until Tuesday, it's mine. For a whole day it will hang upon my wall and I shall gaze upon it.
 You can't help but want to touch it and follow the stitches with your fingers.
 The colours shout summer meadow to me, even though I know it's highly unlikely to find such a mix of flora in a meadow today.
 My stash of wool tops certainly needs replenishing now, 
 I've already got a woolly shopping list going! 
 This was my last job, backing the felt with calico and hand stitching it in place. I also covered the wooden batten that slots in the back with fabric so that it all looks neat and tidy and 'cared about'.  
The question now is... What next?

Friday, 15 June 2012

Nearly there!

 Please excuse the fuzzy photos...
 I was trying to take close ups in the garden...
 where the light was good...
 but we live on a hill in the highest little market town in England...
 and there was a bit of a head wind!
Aah that's better, although I'm not sure there is an inch left that I haven't already machine embroidered! Just the backing to stitch on and it'll be all finished.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Sometimes I feel like...felting...

It's still wet, well damp. It'll take quite a while to dry out this one.  
 There's a lot going on in this one. Just how I like it, a lot going on. 
 My largest piece yet. Ssh don't tell him but Wonderful Man was right, he said I should make a big one!
 Some folk aren't impressed at all. It pretty much looks the same which ever way up you look at it.
 Yep! Deffo still damp!
 Wet wool...
FLIPPIN GORGEOUS!
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If you'd like to see more woolly stuff and you're in my area why not join us on our daytrip to WOOLFEST 2012 at Cockermouth in Cumbria. 
Details on my sidebar.