The joy of a good tutor

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.
Very posh nails too.
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

About maggi21

I create textile art and also dye and print my own fabric.
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18 Responses to The joy of a good tutor

  1. Just come back to say…I’ve left you an award on my blog. Hope you like it!

  2. The encrusted glittery lazy daisy piece looks great (even better when enlarged) and I love the bags – the fabric for the messenger bag especially.

  3. fredab says:

    Hi Maggi

    I got a real laugh out of the little fairy in the purse. Haven’t we all done something like that in our time.

    I really like the foiled piece. Beautiful colors.



  4. Val says:

    Hi Maggi – Lovely post. Love that foiled piece – gorgeous colour and texture. I happen to know a fairy who would be very happy to live in that little purse ……….

  5. Isabelle says:

    it’s very interesting. i love the the relief effect you obtained

  6. Monica says:

    I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling more motivated with your C&G work. The bag-making course seems to have been very productive – almost worth venturing out in -9 weather?

  7. yarngoddess says:

    Tell me about the messenger bag fabric, please. Did you find that print or collage it? Love to see it up close and personal.

  8. Barbara says:

    Zips sometimes have a mind of their own I guess …. but it was fun! Loved the foiled stitching and am determined to have a weekly “nail event” in the hope of sprucing up hands that have been seriously messed up with guitar playing!

  9. Your lovely little purse came in very handy today for those train tickets 🙂 What a great day we had!
    As for putting in zips correctly, you should have asked me for advice first….you know I’m expert at it 😉

  10. jizee6687 says:

    great work.

  11. shirleyannesherris says:

    It may be a simple lazy daisy stitch but has produced a super texture.
    I cringe every time I hear the word ‘zip’. My daughter went away last week leaving me with a hand bag needing the ‘zip repaired/replaced’ . Ahhhhgggg – hate this job.

  12. I used an open ended zipper for a little bag recently and it took me over an hour to get the darn ends on so that I could zip it up. I almost threw it away. Sounds like a great day with Chris and Barbara. What a clever play on words for the postcard. Wish I had posh nails. Keep up the good work Maggi.

  13. Julie says:

    I have a phobia for putting zips in so I can sympathise. The postcard from Jytte is a great play on the word Valentine! I’m so glad you’re getting on better with your C&G now 🙂

  14. Frances says:

    Is the foil on top of the stitching? ……great look!!

  15. Jane says:

    I read about the weekend’s class, sounds like it was a fun day. What a fantastic card you received, very clever

  16. Robinmac says:

    I’ve been there, done that with a zipper as well, and I can tell you there were a few choice words said! The valentine card is lovely. I am really glad your tutor has inspired you, tutors can make or break a course I always think. Cheers

  17. Nicola says:

    I always enjoy your posts. I am so pleased that your tutor is motivating and inspiring you.

  18. jan2bratt says:

    Oh that is so darn frustrating, to put the zipper in upside down! I’ve been there, done that! I’ve also made some little zipper bags like these and given them all away. It is so fun to see my friends pull them out, using them. Love the card you got, she was very determined to send you one it seems.

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