Well here we are in July and the weather here in the UK is anything but summery. There have been tornadoes, massive thunderstorms, hailstorms – anything but sun. It all makes gardening very difficult as, even if the rain does stop for a while, everything is soaking wet. Still it enables us Brits to do what we do best, talk about the weather!
I haven’t done a great deal since I last posted although I did finish a wall hanging that I started in Chris and Barbara’s Braid Strips class a couple of weeks ago. Barbara mentioned that she thought the blue in the strips looked like water reflections in one arrangement so I went with that and by the time I had put it together it brought back memories of a long ago holiday in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.
Another finish was of an Honesty collage that I did in the style of the Hilary Beattie workshop. This was smaller and I mounted it on a box canvas which I painted to blend in with the collage. I think that is probably the last piece that I am going to do in this style. Fun and quite quick to do but not something that I feel entirely happy with.
I have been deliberating lately whether to treat myself to an iPad. Everyone seems to be raving about them and, of course, I love all things Mac. However I also fancied a digital SLR camera. I couldn’t afford both so it came down to trying to work out which one I would get most use out of. This is what won:-
I am really looking forward to getting out and about and making use of it – once it stops raining!
Work on the website is continuing and having set up a shopping page I realised that I have hardly any fabric to sell. A quick trip to the dyeing studio resulted in only five fat quarters being dyed. I had run out of fabric. I am now waiting for an order to arrive so that I can get some more done and get the site up and running. Not long now hopefully.
I was determined not to get sucked in to the sport this summer but unfortunately Wimbledon proved too much of a temptation. Sad to see Rafe go out so early but at least Roger Federer is still in there. And no, I do not support Andy Murray! The commentators were discussing yesterday how men’s shorts have changed over the years. I wonder how many of you are old enough to remember those very short tight shorts that they used to wear? John Lloyd may not have won any titles but he certainly won in the tightest shorts contest. For those who don’t remember or for those who want to reminisce this was the best photo I could find. Also note the flowing locks – no sign of a headband back then, unless you were John MacEnroe.
And to prove that I can multi task I have started some hand quilting. It has to be done during the day when the tennis is on as the colour I used to mark the design with is impossible to see under artificial light. I was reminded of how much I enjoy hand quilting when I went to a class with Barbara Chainey at Pollyanna Patchwork last Wednesday. She has been covering various aspects of hand sewing and last week it was quilting. The pattern I am using is from her Inspired By Egypt pattern book. All I need to do now is to find some hand sewing to do in the evening and I will be happy.
Here’s hoping that normal service with be resumed as soon as possible for the English summer. Until then, at least we can stay indoors and create.