Monday, 24 February 2014

Pershore Embroiderers

On Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop for Pershore Embroiderers, a really lovely group.
We met at Defford Village hall, a new purpose built, Eco building.
Here's the view we had on a rare, sunny day.

We spent a happy day making sure the local pixies were well shod.

I was really pleased with the results and I'd like to thank P.E. for making me so welcome! See you all again soon.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Workshop in Shropshire ... 'Here come the Girls'

I'm doing a workshop in Bishops Castle, Shropshire on Saturday the 8th March and there are a few places left......

Students work

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Fancy coming along ?
Just contact me (via my website and I'll let you have the details.
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'Finding the Magic' at Wyboston Lakes

The 2014 Embroiderers guild AGM will be held at Wyboston Lakes in Cambridgeshire, and I've been asked to come along and give a talk.
Scary stuff, this is a huge event . . . but I'm honoured to be invited!

I've called my talk 'Finding the Magic', and I've spent the last few weeks planning samples, sorting stories and adventures, going off in the wrong direction, coming back and re-writing etc etc.
It's much too long so I shall have to trim it down. Now this is going to be hard!

Anyway, it's been great fun and here's a taste of what's included.

Last year we went to Devon, in search of Hares. They appear in the most unexpected places. . . .

This symbol, three hares running in a circle , has ancient origins and can be seen all over the world.
This one is hiding , high in the roof of the pretty church of St.Michael at Ilsington , a charming village on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.
If you should decide to go on a 'Hare hunt' like mine, do take a torch, church lighting doesn't reach into the nooks and crannies where hares hide!

I've drawn the symbol from Ilsington onto calico and coloured the hares with Inktense crayons.
Not sure what next. Maybe some hand stitch?

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Monday, 17 February 2014


Hello! I can't believe it, but after what seems like weeks and weeks of unrelenting wind and rain . . . The sun shone all day yesterday and it was like the world and his wife went out to play!
We went, with friends, to the National Trust's Newark Park in Gloucestershire.

We were met by a charming dragon ...

Just look at that blue sky!

The footpaths through the estate were lined with very welcome spring treasure.
Rowan romped and charged around enjoying the day every bit as much as we did.

How about a rest after all that exercise? Fancy curling up in this little corner with a good book?

Or here perhaps?

Then perhaps a stroll on the terrace to look at this view?
Me first!

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

I took this picture the other day, when I met a friend for lunch at Broadway Tower cafe.

We had a good chat and a lovely lunch, several cups of coffee and sunshine in which to enjoy this view, down towards the vale of Evesham.
You can't see all the water lying in the fields or the rivers and streams overflowing or the chaos this has caused all over the country.
Up here, on the high ground , it seems a different world.

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Location:High ground

Sunday, 9 February 2014

I've just got through half a box of Kleenex whilst watching the latest episode of 'Call the Midwife'. Oh dear, I'm worn out. It was so sad, mind you, a friend says that I would cry if you gave me an apple.
Which I guess means I must be soft.
I can remember when my son was about four years old, he asked why I kept reading books if they made me cry? No answer to that!

In an attempt to cheer myself up, I was looking at the photos on my iPad and found some pictures of my students work from last year, so here are a few.

These are Bookwraps made by some very talented ladies from the Wrekin branch of the Embroiderers guild.

Aren't they wonderful!

Next, some of the work produced during a really lovely weekend at Westhope College in October. We were making Embellished Books, when we weren't laughing that is!

The ideas, colours , enthusiasm and quality of work was so rewarding.
Well done ladies!

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Location:Pass the tissues! Bookwraps and Embellished Books

Saturday, 8 February 2014

They are not what we think they are . . .

Needing to scratch my 'crow itch', I couldn't resist this needlefelted specimen.

I love him! He is firmly attached to a clothes peg , just in case.
I found him in Janes' lovely gallery, Winds of change in Winchcombe.
I'm cross with myself because I can't remember the artists name, but she had made a whole parliament of crows.

I've just finished reading this book. I borrowed the image from Amazon, hence the 'click to look inside' bit. Er, don't really know how to get just the book cover...

Anyway, it was a very good read, a ghost story by the author of The Thirteenth Tale.
Large black birds feature strongly . . . Perfect!
I love the quote in the front of the book which says something along the lines of -
"covered in a sky cloak of mystery , they( the crows) are not what we think they are"

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Jackdaws taking a rest.

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

For ages I've suffered/enjoyed a 'crow obsession'.
These beauties were in a window at the National Trust property Baddesley Clinton.

They really made me smile, as does the chap below. . . .

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014


I was shocked when I realised just how long it is since I posted here.
I do feel a bit like I've been hibernating, well sort of, but a friend gave me a nudge when I said I didn't think I'd got anything to say.
She laughed and said something like "that doesn't sound like you!"

So here we are, and these lovelies were a gift from the same cheeky person.
Each little bloom is exquisite in its waxy perfection.

I've been working away, quietly at home, getting to grips with new workshops and a new talk., sampling and generally enjoying a slower pace for the moment.

Here's a little winter visitor to my embellished scene, a few snowflakes are falling and I reckon he's hoping for some of the mealworms on my bird table.....

This is such a sorry sight! Rowan has had an operation to have both of her dew claws removed.
Not nice, but she's certainly milking it for sympathy.
Stitches out on Friday , then hopefully .... back to normal! We've both missed our walks.

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