Quite a short post today mainly because I have been spending a lot of time on C&G work thanks to my tutor Catherine Nicholls who has managed not only to motivate me but given me the means by which I can move forwards. Having someone like this when things start to go downhill makes all the difference so, thank you Catherine.
I received my February postcard for the Popular Patchwork monthly swap. This was from Jytte and I feel delighted hat she has been able to do this as she has just undergone major surgery and so is unable to do anything on the machine. This postcard is entirely stitched by hand and I love it. There was a choice of themes this month, one of which was Valentine so Jyttes card is an anagram of valentine – nail event.
I’m sort of keeping up with TAST 2012 but this week is detached chain stitch, sometimes called lazy daisy. I did a whole piece just using this stitch recently based on an idea by Jean Littlejohn so I am going to cheat a little and add this one to the mix even though some of you will have seen this before. It is foiled and is not easy to photograph so I have also included a detail photo. I will eventually get around to doing a page for my TAST book.
On Saturday morning I braved temperatures of -9 to go to a bag making class with Chris and Barbara. Lots of activity and laughter and everyone got at least one bag made. I made the black and white one and also started the little coin purse in the same fabric. This is tiny and I finished it off at home. Or at least I thought I had. When I came to turn it I discovered that I had put the zip in upside down so that, unless I can find a very small fairy to live inside, it cannot be unzipped. Back to the drawing board with this one I think. The larger messenger bag in the photo is unfinished as I am waiting for a couple of swivel hooks to arrive so that I can assemble it with the strap.
The purple wallet on the right hand side of the photo is one of Donna’s Keepsake wallets. She had an article and the pattern published in a Canadian magazine called A Needle Pulling Thread. Her wallets are collaged but as I had some ready made blocks, I used one of those whilst I worked out the pattern. They are just the right size for my rail card or even for putting a little gift inside. I can see more of these being made. Donna had a spare magazine that she sent to me and it is a very good one too. You can see hers very clearly on the front cover.
And finally, at 10 am Central time, which is, I think, 4pm for us Brits, FOTO/FIBER 2012 begins. A great opportunity to acquire some art work and support a good cause at the same time. If you are interested just click on the image below
I’m off to make sure that I have the time difference correct but in the meantime, until next time, happy creativity