All of a sudden it feels like crochet time - nothing nicer than sitting beside the fire on a cold Sunday afternoon and playing with colours by producing little gems of crochet. These pieces often end up in larger pieces of work combined with embroidery or will form a blanket should I feel so inclined.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in London, Thursday at the Knit and Stitch show in Harrogate. All very enjoyable but today I needed to ease myself into 'making' again. I dived into my saved papers box and pulled out a wad of used envelopes that I collected a couple of years ago ( it doesn't take long to amass a huge amount of these with all the junk mail we receive). I save the ones with the printed interiors. I also had an old brown envelope from Hong Kong that felt like rag so I used that to make the cover. I always draw and doodle on my shopping lists so I thought a collection of these would be interesting to look at in a few years time - a bit of a glimpse into domestic life at a moment in time.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
What a pity that I had to take this shot through the sitting room window, it is a good shot but could have been a great one with a little more clarity (and cleaner windows).
I was still in bed when John got up to make us an early morning coffee and called me to the window. I was still a bit sleep fuddled and originally thought it was a huge thrush but as my eyes focused I could see it was a hawk of some sort. I ran down stairs, grabbed the camera and literally crept on all fours to the sitting room window the sparrowhawk was about four feet away. The collared dove was plucked and eaten in about ten minutes. Cruel, but fascinating to watch so closely. We have Red Kites flying around on a daily basis but I have never seen a Sparrowhawk up so close and personal before.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
When I last posted I was planning to get on with 'the next big thing'. Thinking time was over and planning, sampling and exploration was about to take place, however this last week has passed in a non - functioning daze. Strange bug - no voice until about lunchtime, a pounding headache and very little sleep - still struggling to get on top of it. Never the less a little bit of drawing has taken place, therapeutic colouring in really (just like an ill child). These are the watercolour papers left over from the pages of last week's Kantha book. I'm making a little book of imaginary landscapes, I think that these are heavily influenced by the Highlands.
We have taken some of the big storage units out of the workroom this week and put them in the under used dining room. This has raised the light levels enormously, John and I seem to spend almost all of our time in the work room because it is the lightest room in the house during winter.We are most definitely creatures of the light!
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
So - following on from yesterday I made the front and back cover attatched them to boards and sewed the linings on. Then came the fun part stitching the book togther. This is the method I took from the Kemshall ladies tutorial on DMtv. I was so pleased with how it came together - totally down to Laura's teaching skills.
Lots of stitching went into the front and back of this book so I'm really happy that the binding hasn't let it down.
I have filled the book with lovely watercolour paper and will enjoy thinking of what to put in it. It's always good to have a blank book or two around for a special project so I won't hurry to fill this one.
The back is plainer but the lovely kantha stitching has given it a beautiful and tactile texture.
I feel some painted papers coming on next, my stash is getting quite depleted - a lovely excuse for a huge mess in the work room.
Monday, 7 November 2011
What a grey day (oh dear - that's a bit Larry Grayson isn't it?)
I can't make any of my colours 'Sing'. I'm stitching away at the cover for the next book I'm making. By mid-day I had been stitching away for three hours and realised I hadn't moved from my chair in all that time. Twenty minutes on my treadmill and a few neck exercises thrown in for good measure and I'm ready to switch to my previous book and fill a couple of pages.
Friday, 4 November 2011
Great fun making this - very labour intensive for a 10cm x 12cm little book, but the great discovery for me is that you can sew through balsa wood. Of course this first book was rushed together on a wave of excitement and lots of things can be improved, such as using a ruler a ruler next time instead of eye, especially for the stitched binding.
It is pleasing isn't it? (in an eye candy kind of way).
I shall, over the next few weeks fill it up with painted papers and stitch. I will theme it round the little title on the cover - 'Unruly Passions' which for me is all about my need to keep making eye candy when I should be making things that I am already committed to, however I have already started to make my next book. I will post as I go along to give you an idea of the process.