Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Cold Weather Sewing

The weather today has not risen above -3C and I've hardly poked my nose outside the door. The frost stayed on the garden all day.

One good thing is that I've finished my Arch for the one-to-one swap with Carole of Textilechallenge fame. I hope she likes it. I've done this arch so many times in my mind that it should be a ruin by now. Carole wanted a garden but my mind kept seeing it at night, slightly sinister. The image of a folly we'd seen when Keith and I went out for a walk the other day kept insinuating itself in my mind. Another insistent image was A Midsummer Nights Dream. These became tangled in my thought process and this is what I ended up with. Midsummer Eve through the Arch with Puck sitting in the tree. Its not at all like the idea I started with which was wisteria trailing over the arch and a background of a cottage garden, maybe next time.

Finished my Laural Burch inspired Tiles for Surface Design today. I've had several starts at this one too. First I scanned and printed the Mother Earth design (permission given in LB's books to do this) with the intension of using a light box to transfer the design and paint them or perhaps applique some of the design elements. Didn't like them, ended up taking parts of the design into embroidery software and digitising them. To begin with I used satin stitch for leaves and petals but they turned out too heavy. Next I used the outline of the design and painted the elements, like a fabric colouring book. Some I stamped flowers on but I finally got them where I was reasonably happy with them. So now they are all done and ready to go out in the post tomorrow.

Still got TIF Challenge, Cynotype cards to embellish, two 6" square JP's and the CQ2008 12" JPs to do. I've cut done on my swaps etc for the next month so that I've not got lots to catch up on after the holidays.

On a more personal note Mum's back home again and fighting fit, I've got the family (all 14 of us - thats the whole of our family) booked in Sunday Lunch (too late for evening meal for Mum) for Mum's 92 birthday on the 8th March. Keith belongs to Hotel Chocolat 'Tasting Club'. Every other month we get a box of designer chocs through the post.

Sadly we've decided it'll have to stop, being diabetic I can't (but do!!) eat them and Keith needs to loose quite a lot of weight.

Tomorrow is line dancing and as I've caught up with all my household chores I can sew for the rest of the day. Bliss.


austin said...


I love your arch! I also LOVE your seahorse bowl. The colors are gorgeous!

MargaretR said...

Carol T is going to be thrilled with her arch. It''s fabulous. It never ceases to surprise me how a piece of work guides us in the way it wants to go!
i'm so glad your mother is well enough to come home. Please give her my best wishes on her 92nd birthday. Our birthdays must be very close, mine is at the end of February.

Joanna van said...

Annette, I am so glad you are in this trade. These tiles are so beautiful! I'm so glad you were able to come up with something you liked. I can really tell you thought about it.

Ati. Norway. said...

Very special mysterious garden. What a nice swap must that be.