Friday, 25 July 2014

Coasters, Cups and Bobbins

While things are quiet on the Fair Trade stall I volunteer on I thought I would start my lesson plan for the PATTERNS ON PORCELAIN beginners craft workshop I'm running on the 2nd August.
Crafters will be designing their own ceramic coasters and a cup as well as having lots of laughs, cups of tea and plenty of homemade cake.
I'm planning a workshop to make these lovely flower bobbins.  When you unroll it you can write a message inside it.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's on my workdesk today ...............

Ages ago a friend bought me an A4 Moleskine book and I have been waiting for the right opportunity to use it.
While I've been doing the ICAD (Index Card A Day) challenge, I find I am scribbling my initial ideas on bits of paper.
So I thought why not use the book to scribble and stick things in.
This is what's in it so far.
Time for a look round some more desks now
here in Julia's gang

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Oh no another obsession ...

The stitched paper bag I did yesterday has gone one step further now.  I've stitched two more and a bookmark.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Machine stitching on a paper bag that was headed for the bin.
The red paper is a paper photocopy of some fabric I have in my stash.
I got carried away further and stitched a piece of old envelope onto a postcard and added it to a package Ive sent to a fellow creative in Canada as part of a swap.

Why stitch on a tatty old white paper bag ?
Well - Just because I can.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Viking knitting ...... ?

Whats that I can hear you saying.
Well it starts off like this .....
Then looks like this .......
It goes through this .......
Then you add this ......
And you end up with this ......
But I couldn't have done it without ....
1.  The help of the jewellery workshop run by Kitty at Cloud 9 gallery in Bacup.
2.  The materials she provided and let us keep so that we can carry on at home.
3.  Finally a good cup of tea and my reading glasses.

You can see more on Facebook group : it's not knitting (and we're not Vikings)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Gifts from California

This wonderful box of goodies arrived from California.  I'm overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of web friend Constaza Berga aka Peregrine Blue.
First up this delightful needle case in my favourite fabrics.
Look at these brooches and handpainted box.
Stunning prints of Constanza's artwork
The piece on colour is an original and features tissue paper on corrugated card.
Finally a textile piece and a copy of one of her collages.

Thank you so much for your generosity Constanza. You are amazing :-)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What's on my workdesk today

Still working on the Index Card A Day challenge
These are made with paper napkins that my friend Mo sent me.
They make great toppers for cards, I've actually framed some, given one as a gift and added one to the front of a book.
This one I've made into a little wall hanging
Time for a look round some more desks now.