Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Spring!. . .Time for some new shoes. . .

Rowan and I have been for some lovely walks these last few days, through the orchards , where the plum blossom played host to the Ladybirds and gave off it's delicious and delicate scent . . .
Sunday, up on the top of the hill, we walked along part of the Cotswold Way, though Rowan looks unsure whether to venture through the gap.

We saw Buzzards swooping and free falling, a tiny Goldcrest, who was unperturbed by Rowan's bustling about and then ended our stroll in the cafe at Broadway Tower.

Our tray of tea arrived complete with a dish of water and bickies for Rowan!

Spring is always a good time for new shoes (I know, anytime is a good time for new shoes!) so. . .

I've made several pairs , this time for the Pixies.

These little boots are about 4 1/2 inches long, a bit bigger than my Fairy Shoes.

If you think you might like to make little boots for a Pixie, there is an article in the current issue of Stitch magazine (Issue 70) and I'm going to be selling kits with all you need, at the Quilts and Embroidery Show at Uttoxeter (15th,16th and 17th. April).

The other piece of news I have is that . . .at long last I have my own Website, where you can see details of my work and what I'll be up to. www.annetteemms.co.uk

I had a great day at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC, spent far too much money and now I've promised myself not to go out for several months. . .ho ho!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Jersey Textile Showcase

I feel so fortunate to have been invited to take part in this amazing event! St Aubin.

Can you imagine the fun we had on this beautiful Island?
It was all organised by the lovely Pat and Elizabeth, founders of Art in the Frame and owners of the Harbour Gallery.
All the events (workshops, exhibitions, competitions, Gala Dinner etc.etc.) are based around the village of St. Aubin.
Folding Books workshop.

The workshop venues are all within a few minutes walk of each other, so no need for cars and always the possibility of meeting fellow stitchers en route to the next 'Jolly', or on the way back clutching evidence of new techniques learnt or artworks in progress.

We made Fairy Shoes . . . . . . . .

and learnt ways to transfer images onto fabric.
Other tutors offered fabulous painting techniques, Rag Rug making , all sorts of Hand Stitching, stumpwork, doll making, jewelry making and so much more!
Our Guest House was so pretty and we spent hours over the most delicious breakfast. Snacks were taken at the cafe in the Harbour Gallery, which became the 'hub' of our comings and goings.A lovely place to meet and talk with new friends.
The whole week was wrapped in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Those that know me won't be surprised to hear that I managed to find some lovely old churches to lurk around.
The Fisherman's Chapel at St Brelade was a real treat. The inside covered with some of the best wall paintings I have seen anywhere.
Outside, there is a pretty 'Sanctuary Path' which leads down to the beach.
I was delighted , when talking to the vicar to be told that churches don't have to be locked on Jersey. Isn't that wonderful!

Plemont Beach

We even had time to explore a little. . . . amongst other places we enjoyed visiting the biggest and best Charity Shop I've ever seen, at St. Ouen's village and a picnic on the beautiful beach at Plemont.
I laughed, ate and talked . . . . talked far too much , then like all good things it was soon over. . happy days!

Harbour View Guest House

Friday, 4 March 2011

Off to Jersey!

Hidden Treasure Pages from "The Legend of Robin Horsehill"

I'm so pleased to be able to tell you that I've been asked to teach at Westhope College in Shropshire.

I shall be doing a two day class on 3rd and 4th September on making a 'Book in a Box' and then on 22nd and 23rd October I'll be doing the Hidden Treasures Book class .

Now, I'm just going to pack my suitcase and try to force all I need into the car, ready for my trip to the Jersey Textile Showcase. I'm excited! See you soon. x