Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Playing Hooky

It was one of those days when things happen,
Nice things. . .like having company for breakfast. Then later when Mia had gone home, well it was such a beautiful day.
It was either tackle the long 'ToDo' list or play hooky and go out with my dog.
No prizes for guessing which choice I made.

We walked for miles along the river to this favourite spot.It seems to have become very overgrown with weeds, but they're so pretty and the view is a bit special. . .

Nothing to disturb me, just the birds and the sunshine. . .
and Rowan jumping in and out of the river, bless her. The afternoon just vanished and soon it was time to head home. I'll get up early tomorrow to tackle that list. . . .well maybe.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Folded Books Workshop with Staffordshire Embroiderers Guild

Ha! I know when to give up, lost post can stay wherever its hiding!
 Here are some pictures of my workshop at Stafford on Saturday.
The members of the Staffordshire branch of the Embroiderers guild made me very welcome and
and produced some great work.

I showed them several different types of books that can be folded from one sheet of paper.
 Then we made covers for the books, from coffee dyed calico and an assortment of re-cycled papers which we altered by scrunching, folding , rubbing baby oil into and tearing...
then all the assorted loveliness was arranged into delicious concoctions which were stitched down and embellished with buttons, beads and more stitch.

Aren't they lovely!

Next week Mike and I are going are going adventuring to Devon and on Saturday I shall be doing a Needlefelted Angels wokshop with my good friends at the Exeter branch of the Embroiderers Guild.
Looking forward to seeing you all. x

Friday, 18 May 2012

Ooops. . lost post!

Well, the gremlins are at it again. 3 hours ago I put a new post on my blog, with several photos. Several people have looked at it, some downloaded the picture, I even had some comments. Then , next time I looked, the post has gone! Come on Blogger , what's occurring? Can anyone help?

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Poor, lonely Thomas

 The other day I met some friends and we visited St. Peters church in Winchcombe to do some sketching.
Lots of wonders here, even some embroidery worked by Henry the Eighth's first wife, Catherine of Aragon. . . . . . but my heart was moved by the quaint, armoured figure of Thomas Williams.
 Poor Thomas, he's been kneeling here staring at an empty space for more than 370 years.
The space opposite him was reserved for his widow, but she married again and preferred to rest with her second husband. . .poor Thomas.
I couldn't let May pass without showing you the place (near here) where the Bluebells bloom and the Fairies dance in Spring........

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Crooked little house

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
This is the 14th. century moated manor house at Lower Brockhampton in Herefordshire.
We spent a crooked little day there on Sunday.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Happy May Day!

I love May, my favourite month, I like all the other months too. . .but May, May is special, Queen of Months.

Admittedly, the weather today was not bright and sunny, but the rain stopped in time for the annual MayDay celebrations in the village of Offenham, about 2 miles from my home town of Evesham. You can find out more about the festivities here.
Every year a May Queen is chosen and the dancing takes place around the Maypole.

The marvellous Pebworth Morris Men. . . not forgetting the fool

 The dancing feet of the Belle d'Vain Clog Morris dancers.

The finale was the village ladies Maypole dance display. Lovely, foot tapping stuff!
I learnt these dances as a child, we had a Maypole at our school and we used to put on a MayDay show.
These days it's fun to watch, oh . . and try the local brew!