Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Colourful Blackwork

Too many crafty things on the go. Many are secret because they are gifts for family and friends. But I can reveal my entry for the Appleby Textile Group calendar challenge. This is being held today.

Blackwork with colour.

Jessie xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Another busy week

Where does the time go? It's Saturday again and I've not held a crochet hook all week. Must put that right soon, I'm getting slight withdrawal symptoms.

But I've still managed some crafty stuff.

The embroidery group I'm a member of have monthly meetings where we sometimes have guest speakers. This month was the very talented Isobel Hall. She is a mixed media artist and uses everyday stuff others would throw away to make amazing objects. They looked and felt like ancient leather and started life as sugar paper, toilet paper, and bubble wrap. She transforms them with paint, wax, inks, glue and stitch, into things like these.

She also had some books for sale, I bought this one, which she kindly signed.

On Thursday I ran a workshop in a local sheltered housing complex making May Flies for an installation by a local artist for c-art. It's a small group but our contribution will be well received, I'm sure.

No crochet for me this week but my Mexican inspired hot stripes blanket has grown. I'm about a third of the way through it. It will have to take a back seat for a while as too much other stuff getting in the way. I've been preparing for night classes at Shap CDC. You just wouldn't believe the amount of paperwork required for 10 hours of class time!

Off to work now to bring in the pennies. Hope you have a great weekend.

J xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Night classes

Am running night classes at Shap CDC again this Autumn.

See the Workshops,  One2One Tuition and Night Classes page of this blog.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Vintage Peg Bag

Hi, sometimes life just gives you what you want. I am putting together a new course for night school in Shap; sewing for the home. As all things vintage are in vogue, I looked around for a pattern for a peg bag which looked like a little dress, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

A neighbour is downsizing and asked if I wanted her old 1950s Singer sewing machine, of course I said yes immediately. Isn't she beautiful?

She also had this bag of goodies.

And would you know it inside folded up was a paper pattern for a peg bag.

I soon set to work, and here it is, one cute peg bag. 

Ready for the students in my class to make.

S xx

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Rags to Rucksack

Back at the beginning of June, I blogged about some old curtains I had come across

Well, this is what I made.


And I added a little embroidery detail onto the bird.

I goes everywhere with me now.

S xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Competition entries

For the first time I plucked up courage to enter some of my handicrafts in the local Agricultural Show. And i picked up 2nd prize for a crocheted article. I'm well chuffed. It's from a vintage pattern. I made the Bon Bon dish  last year.  Here is the link to that previous blog

I also entered:-

A pincushion

A cross stitch hanging

Jessie mouse

And a crocheted cushion

It was great fun and I think I will enter next year too.

S xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Some mornings make you smile

Not at work until 10 am today, had time to sit in the garden. Working hard, not having had time to stop and look around much lately and look what's happened

Lilies in bloom

See how much the courgettes have grown.


And some of the shoreline collection from my Scottish holiday.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Feeling hot, hot, hot

What lovely weather we are having at the mo.

The bees are busy on the borage.

Flowers at last on the courgette plants.

Jumper finished and ready for the cooler days.

Need to find another project..... Or should I just take it easy?

J xx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Holiday in Scotland

Been away on my annual hols to Scotland, here are a few photos



Sea views



Community Art


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Stitching lichen

Yes, Inspired by lichen.

Also, craftiness coming through with my granddaughter as she's made me this croc.

Hope you are having a fun week.

J xx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Randoms ......

A blog of random things ...

Update on courgette plants' progress.

Thyme in pots. Just because they look pretty.

Pattern used to make my pink butterfly top. Tunic D with sleeves from C.

Slow progress on stripy blanket.

Charity shop textile bargains, washed and ready to iron. Me thinks I will use to make a rucksack.

Collection of glassware, picked up at the same time.

Along with more knitting needles and a couple of vintage patterns.

And finally, what I have been working on this week.

Hope you are having great week : keep on blogging.

S xx