Wednesday, 21 August 2019

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday

Last week I went on a PHD day - Projects Half Done at Brighouse, Yorkshire.

My unfinished project was to embellish these preprinted cards with stitching, cut fabric flowers and lace/fabric 

 I’m enjoying a little break with the wandering welder this week.  We are up in the Lake District at our caravan so I’m sorry I may not get round to visiting your desk.  Happy Workdesk Wednesday to you all.  See you next week

I forgot to mention that I’m going on a Corinne Young workshop on Friday at Milnthorpe, Cumbria to make these beautiful paper flowers.  I’ll show you my results next week.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

The smiles say it all

A family wedding

A day out with my best friend for my birthday treat 

Lots of lovely presents and cards 

Now what’s not to smile about 
Have a good weekend 

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sewing goggles

When the weather turns bandit on us and the rain lashes against the windows it’s time to get my sewing goggles on and start a new project

Drawing inspiration from my stash of fabrics and my love of creating strips of embroidery attached to bobbins a new piece of work emerged.

I generally don’t have a plan, each piece evolves organically.    I did however have an idea of the words I wanted to use and who it is I’m making it for.

It’s not quite finished yet but you’ll get the general idea.

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Wayward Women

Yesterday we went to the Greater Manchester Police Station Museum On Newton Street, Manchester.

The reason for our visit was to see the solo exhibition of textile artist Jo Lloyd, who I had the pleasure of sitting next to a couple of years ago on a workshop at Gawthorpe Hall, led by Ruth Singer.

Jo’s exhibition “Wayward Women” is a study of women offenders held at the Manchester prison during Victorian times and is displayed in one of the cells.

The cell is a perfect setting for the exhibition.  How Jo has interpreted the subject into stitch is amazing.  I wouldn’t have liked to have been part of the Victorian working class, it was a very hard life indeed.

A huge congratulations to Jo on her achievement.  She should be very proud of herself.  I’m so glad we went to see it.

Here’s a bit of trivia before I go.  
Did you know that the toilet flush system in the cells was kept on the outside, with the toilet bowl itself inside.  It was so that the prisoners couldn’t use the chain to either harm themselves or the prison officers.  
Also there could be as many as 12 offenders in one cell at any given time.
I’ll leave that one to your imagination.

Sorry to have lowered the tone somewhat Jo with the toilet talk, but over at Annie’s Friday Smile blog we do like to stretch the imagination a bit.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

From cabbage slicer to a work of art

Remember this peculiar object that I tormented you with last week ?  
Well the answer is it’s a Dutch cabbage slicer for making sauerkraut.   
Now who’d a thought it.  

I picked it up at Beetham Post Office Tearoom in Cumbria.  It’s a favourite stop off for lunch on our way to the caravan. As well as wonderful home cooked food the whole place is a feast for the creative eye or anyone interested in antiques and homeware  Thankfully the blade is to blunt to cut anything, so there’ll be no chopped off fingers while I work with it.

After giving it a good coat of looking at an idea started to form of what I was going to do with it.

Ta dah sometime later and here it is. 

“Feel The Difference”

I’ve used old fabric scraps from my stash.  The words are from the salvage edge of some material I had.  Sewing wise I’ve used long and short stitch  and added some French knots.  So nothing to complicated.

Time for a bit of desk hopping 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

What’s on your Work Desk

I’ve got nothing to show you on my desk this week other than a book bag I made for my rare copy of Ponckle.
The reason I’ve nothing to show is because we took my 86 year old Mum to Grange Over Sands for a few days.  I’ve no idea what she was upto here but the wandering welder doesn’t look overly impressed.

I did however buy a massive notebook for my massive amount of ramblings.  Something I’m prone to do most days in one notebook or another.  This one I intend to use for projects.  I’ve got a long list of them.  It should stop me procrastinating and faffing.  Or I may just spend my time thinking of more projects to list haha.

Now I did pick up this little mystery item. I’m going to leave you guessing and I’ll tell you next week what it is if you don’t already know, and what I’m going to do with it 

Have a good week desk hoppers