Saturday, 31 December 2011

Just in time

I set myself the target of completing all twelve of my journal quilts for 2011 by the end of the year and I finished the last one today. I am feeling quite smug as the deadline is the end of January so for once I am ahead of the game! Maybe this is a good omen for 2012?
I have enjoyed the challenge of working with two shirts and incorporating buttons into each of the pieces.
For this quilt I utilised dissembled sections of collars which I appliquéd to the background which is quilted with the words blue collar worker and white collar worker.
I turned next to the cuffs of the shirts and appliquéd them to a background which was this time quilted with the words on the cuff and off the cuff.
The final quilt is made from pieces of fabric cut from different parts of the shirts. Some I have buttoned together and others have been appliquéd. I have also included labels to complete the effect.
I'm afraid the photographs were taken in poor light, another typical December day.
With only a few hours left of 2011 (and only half an hour to get into my party clothes for our neighbourhood New Year's Eve party!), I am sitting at my computer wondering what the new year will bring. Like many I am reluctant to make resolutions as I am fairly sure they will be broken but there are exciting  exhibitions to plan for and new ventures to pursue so I know that I will have plenty to share with you in 2012. Making time each day for my own creativity would be a very positive aim so with that in mind I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2012 and thank you for reading.
Speak to you soon

Thursday, 22 December 2011

All ready for Santa

I'm sure my two grandsons will be pleased that Santa has some larger stockings to fill with presents this year.
Needless to say they won't be hung from the bay tree on Christmas Eve but it was such a lovely morning that I decided to photograph them outside.
On a bright day the light is wonderful at this time of the year. I took this next photograph last week just as the sun was setting and the sunlight was colouring the tops of the trees.
And how about this for a rainbow?
Behind us the sky was bright blue but as we drove out of Worcester it started to rain - I'm afraid we didn't find the crock of gold!
The result of the mysterious knitting is now revealed....
It's funny, but no one wants to go out for a walk with me if I'm wearing my beautifully warm hat - I can't imagine why!
Please note the link to the recently created Six and Friends blog where you can follow the progress of some of the work that is being made for our first exhibition in Redditch next September.
Now all that is left for me to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and creative 2012. Thank you for following my musings over the last year and I look forward to sharing more work in progress with you soon.
All for now

Monday, 12 December 2011

Making progress

It may be slow progress but at least it's progress! I have actually completed October's journal quilt which if you remember is constructed from two cut up shirts.
I simply buttoned two sections together and quilted each in a different direction. I decided to use a lot of button related phrases to quilt the backgrounds so button up, press the button, media button, button box, chocolate button, on the button were just a few that I used to create a nicely textured background.
So I'm only a month and a half behind! Now I'm deconstructing shirt collars for November's quilt. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to use them yet but I expect I will have another of those 3 o'clock in the morning moments when an idea will come to me and hopefully won't be forgotten in the morning.
The mystery knitting project is complete but as I've only finished it tonight I don't have an image to show you but this was how it looked before completion.
All will be revealed soon!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

End of term

Yesterday was the last day of term for the students on my Textile Inspirations course and it has become a very enjoyable tradition that we have a shared lunch.
As you can see, a good time was had by all. On the menu was butternut squash soup, lots of cheese, homemade bread, veg and dips plus yummy puddings.
Everyone was very quiet after lunch but continued to work on the day's challenge.
The challenge was to take the same motif that had inspired some Kantha stitching, which had been ongoing, and use decorative machine stitches to produce a new piece of work. I suggested either black thread on white fabric or vice versa. As you can see there are the beginnings of some lovely work.

I look forward to seeing how these all progress over the Christmas holidays - probably very slowly!
Speak to you soon

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Knitting again

A few weeks ago I talked about my trip to an alpaca farm where I made a couple of little felted boots in a workshop. Well I haven't managed to make any more boots but I have started to knit with the beautiful alpaca wool that I bought in the shop. Now the question is - what do you think I am making?
Answers on a postcard!!!
Speak to you soon