Thursday, 23 February 2017

A Podcast & the Stitching Show, Glasgow

After a while absent, it's good to be back here, especially when I can tell you I've just been interviewed on my first podcast! The lovely Tania Ashton Jones of TJ Frog  makes beautiful Dorset buttons - I remember when I took her workshop last year I thought I'd never be able to make anything quite so neat, but  I did, thanks to her guidance every step of the way. I'll let you know when she's gone 'live'. In fact it's that which spurred me on with writing this post (which of course has been in the making for a very long time)

EDIT here's the link - if I sound a little over annunciated well, I am, I was terrified I wouldn't be able to speak (not like me at all!)

 Bluebells in the Wood

The other thing that encuraged me to get on with it is the fact that this time next week I will be setting up my stand ZE12 (with the help of my lovley DH) at the Stitching, Sewing & Scottish Quilting Show  at the SECC, Glasgow. I felt, over a year ago, that havng been to the show for many years to stock up on supplies & be inpired by the lovely group of textile artist there, it was about time I had a go myself so was invited to show & demonstrate my work. What an exciting opportunity (& I get to go to the show as well!)


During the Podcast we talked about lots of things - I was terrified & excited all at once as I DO NOT like speaking in public (I did put a pretty top on & some lippy to give me confidence ;) If I sound like I'm over annunciating, well, I am, just in case I stumbled all over the place.


We talked about my own squares, see all pics above

 & below.

The ones I was making each week for a year, just finishing in time in the middle of November.

We also talked about the community project I was invited to help run at the beginning of last year on the Isle of Raasay which I'm delighted to say was beautifully unveiled & even got me a small pic in the local (well, Highland) paper.

 There's me in the corner under the 14x5' hanging.

Another community project I've been involved in has been for our own new building at the top of the 2 villages here called An Crubh (ann crewve) which means hub of a wheel, literally, but it will become the hub of the community & officiallly opens on March 23rd with a shop & post office, a cafe & a huge community hall.



 The project has been, of course, squares, & there have been quite a few small workshops of people gathering together to make squares in lots of different styles. It's a small fundraiser but instead of raffling it off (having received a contribution per square) it was decided to hang it on the building as a reminder of the fun we all had making it. I'll post a pic when it's finally stitched up, but here are 3 of the 40 below!

I coulnd't resist, I just had to go to the very first Yoga class there despite it only being a few weeks after my shoulder op. I only used 3/4 of my body & oh my goodness, you could tell I hadn't been doing much! Proof that I need to get back to it as soon as I safely can. This pic was the second class, there were 18 in my class! I plan to try my first headstand post op by Midsummer's Day - the surgeon did say it could take 6 months & altho he's signed me off the physio therapist has kept me on 'assisted exercises' for a further 5 weeks ...... At least I can drive now, doing the gears very gently.


Prior to the op I was working madly on textile pieces, some reconstructed fabric below destined for a book cover, a purse or 2, a cuff & a heart or 2 - nothing like a production line when you're on a time limit!

then, so that I could sign all my wall pieces before my op (I thought I'd be really strapped up & not able to write, but I was on the stretching before I even left hospital!) this happened!

I was mounting away & altho I was careful not to put too much pressure on the shoulder holding the ruler, I left my finger hangingover the edge .....Only because I was having an op in the not too distant future (infection risk!) did I end up going to A&E for 3 stitches but it healed up beautifully ;)

My first lot of creativity of 2017, birthday cards, the first one being on the 6th, a special person who gets the prototype & for the first time I was late but I did manage a very slow stitch.

If you've got this far, thans for reading!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

A Summer Hello Part One

It's been a lovely long summer, busy with the season tho & we've still got just over a month to go before it all quietens down.

I've been continuing with my weekly squares, quite a collection now but I need to keep up with the the mounting & framing...


 Primrose & Forget me not

 Sail in the Sound


Tulips (sold to a lovely B&B guest)
this is half way thru the challenge of Made on Monday, making a 5x5" piece for one year

Before the season really started  we were able to enjoy the proud moment of The Middlest at his Passing Out Parade at Dartmouth. Lots of photos in my fb album ;) If you remember he is a Marine Engineer, Officer of the Watch but in working for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary they have to train so they are able to work alongide the Royal Navy in times of conflict. I prefer to think of him in his mucky boiler suit at the bottom of the ship, but that's just being a Mum ..... He's lost the beard & looks 10 years younger!

Been working hard over on the Isle of Raasay where I was commissioned to help with a 14 x 5' wall hanging for their community hall. We are progressing tho, slowly but surely.

 the parts of the Community that have no fear

 their work, love the rhododendron shrubs!

 mint green of the hills

 inevitable wall & a bit of rust
 a natural collage
 inside of a boat
certain spring - I do get carried away with the surrounding area when I go 'on location'

I took time out to go to a peg Loom Workshop, run thru the fabulous wool shop down the road from me Handspinner Having Fun led by Sarah of Wood Ewe

delighted with my square rug, good for under my feet on the concrete floor in the studio

 we got a few wonderfully misty mornings & yes, it's not the lens it's inside my little point 7 shoot ;( I will invest in a quality point 7 shoot with Macro, so exciting!

So meet Dizzy, yes she came with that delightful name ;) A couple sent their grandson to the vet to put her down & when she leaped out of the basket in rude health he refused & decided to rehome her.  We were quite upset when we lost Willow last November - we'd been told she was 4 yeas old when we rehomed her 3 years previously & suddenly it turned out she must have been 14 plus when she got liver & kidney failure & diabetes all at once. So sad. So we wanted more of a provenance for the next cat & altho dizzy is 9 years old & only accepts affection on her terms (she's much more used to us now after a few months) we thought there was no point in scouring Scotland for a 2 year old when there was a lovely cat that needed a home just down the road.

 a little tart when she wants to be
 with sweet stubby little legs
 loves the stair game but you need a very long bit of paper to avoid those claws!
instantly at home in the fabrics in the studio. Great to have a cat in the house again - she now walks calmly past Tam & he generally keeps his head well down, knowing she's in charge ;)

Monday, 4 April 2016

In honour of Maggi

Very upset to hear the news of  Maggi's death, a blog buddy since I started 6 years ago. I didn't really think then, that it was possible to have 'on-line' friendships, especially with people not even met but it seems it is. We had fun supporting each others endeavors, she was always interested & always bothered to give her opinion, to share her advice. I shall miss that. I was saddened to hear of her illness earlier in the year - I simply asked what she had been doing with herself lately & she replied 'fighting lung cancer'. I reminded her of the words she'd used in my 50th postcard swap 6 years ago "if you can imagine it, you can achieve it" -  I was hoping she'd use the phrase for having enough strength for the fight. I'll add her to the list in my heart of all the people I come across each year with cancer & think of her when in September we have the Macmillan fundraiser. It's all I can do, really except I'm thinking of all her friends & family.

So I decided to make this piece in her honour, a work in progress which I started on Saturday.

 lots more stitching to do, thinking of Maggi with each stitch. I shall finish it tonight.

I didn't get further today as we had the Youngest home for a long weekend & went for a jaunt despite the rain to Fiskavaig, the middle of the West coast of Skye

The Oyster Shed, heard lots about it, scallops & chips under cover in the rain with a changing view, wonderful.

open spaces

an extrusion or two

between the tides, this is changed every time the water goes out

my first primroses, over exposed as they are

I must look this up - I can feel a printing block of some sort coming on. How perfect is this?!

Macleod's Maidens in the distance

4 of the latest 5 inch pieces for Made on Monday with Kate Bridger

Spring Garden

Birch Trees


I do love the bare branches in my garden but look forward to the leaves, too.

a sketchbook page & a lovely beachcombed twig from the DH

My 'suggestion' sample for part of the land on the Map of Raasay, the community project I'm helping with. Perhaps a little wild?

this one is a blue version, an idea sample for part of the sea around the island. Lots more stitching, couching down & hand stitch to do. I'm enjoying it. I find it creative, just because, i find it has purpose because it might inspire someone else to create something they can be proud of but also, I find it a comfort, theraputic - a word oft over sused but no  less meaningful for that - we all need a bit of comfort therapy to be able to deal with that which life throws at us almost daily.