Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

Apologies for the abrupt ending of this series. I had some really good ideas for the rest of the alphabet – but sadly health issues meant the challenge had to end. I’ll post the rest of the alphabet as separate posts during the forthcoming weeks. In the meantime – very slowly – I have been…

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – G is for

Grids I find grids very useful. Squared paper is easy to obtain, but better still – the grid you draw. Measuring isn’t obligatory – and I often start by drawing a rough grid by ‘eye’ in my journal. Are you a quilter? Quite an interesting way of developing your own personal quilting pattern is to…

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – F is for..

French Knots There are many embroidery stitches – but one of my favourites is French Knots. There is nothing better for creating texture. The secret to a perfect French Knot is twofold. Firstly NEVER wind the thread around the needle – manipulate the needle around the thread whilst holding the loose thread fairly taut. Secondly…

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – E is for..

Embellisher! Do you know about the Embellisher? It’s the most wonderful machine for making texture and more! It looks like a domestic sewing machine, but instead of having a single needle with a hole for thread it has a head with multiple  needles – no holes – just barbs. As these move up and down…

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – D is for..

Dyeing! I love colour. It’s been my pleasure to work with it for over 30 years. I’ve been producing a range of hand threads, fibres and fabrics since I was first introduced to the process in the late 1980s. Over the years I have developed a number of techinques to produce many mixed colours. The…

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – C is for..

Collage I enjoy working with paper. It began as a design tool for textiles – but after discovering that it was also a useful base for stitch it has more and more become an integrated part of my work. Paper is so readily available! It doesn’t need to be expensive. The cover of this book…

Interlude 

No scheduled letters for today. Sunday is a rest day. Here’s a quick glimpse of one of my journals. I’ll be sharing more later this month.    

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – B is for..

Books Yesterday I told you about my practice of creating something each day. Sometimes these are tiny creations and may become part of a little collection. The ideal way to display (or keep them on one place 😉 ) is to often include them in a little handmade book. Little books with pockets are also…

Blogging from A to Z – April Challenge – A is for

Abaca It has long been my habit of ensuring that I spend at least 15 minutes a day doing something creative. I highly recommend the practice – especially if inspiration seems to have disappeared. The object is to do something. One of my favourite materials is Abaca Tissue. This plant based tissue has some lovely…

Current WIP

This month has passed really quickly. It’s been fun to share with you each day, and today’s topic will confirm that I am still working on the Raspberry Lobelia blanket! The rows are now getting shorter – but I think that it will take most if not all of April to finish it. I may…

Neutral

Thanks to National Crochet Month I can celebrate my favourite colour of ‘neutral’. This particular shade of Stylecraft Special DK is the most useful colour of all. I have used it in several of my ‘creations’, and it’s in my current WIP too. If you haven’t found us yet, don’t forget to come and join…