July and August appears to have been a never ending stream of video....wow. How did I find the time? I still have September, October, November and December to get though too. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Hello! How are you? How have you been? Have you had a good time? Was the big guy good to you?
I had a great few days, domestic goddessing, kitchen, cooking, eating, washing pots.....loved it, really. Good company, lots of chat too....I'm tired now though, I could sleep for a week.
I have made it to June in my little ''look back over the year''. I think I will be doing two together next time......can't leave any out! June of course was the month ofthisevent......I remember it well.
May, my birthday and four videos and sample portfolios and Clara and the pink gingham and silk wrapping cloth. I can't linger today, I have domestic goddess duties to attend to. I have been up since the crack of dawn today, cheesecake made, trifle made, Ruane towers spick and span......I hope Santa got the letter where I asked for a maid.
I will be gone for three whole days. How will I manage???
The first image here has to be one of my favourites from this year....yards and yards of lace cloth being put together, day after day for my workshop in France. The last two images are from France, my hand leafing through a little Artist Book and someone from the workshop group working hard embroidering, titivating. I'm on April just in case you hadn't realised. There are labels here which were attached to thread wraps for my workshop packs, colours named in French. (I hope you're impressed!) and lots of ledger pages, tiny samples, little doodles.
It's March today and there's another video. (from March) I made a lot of things in March. It must have looked like a button factory for one thing! I was probably panicking abut France, (teaching and exhibiting in April) . Sometimes I wish I had kept some of these things when I am looking back like this but then I think there would be no room for me in the house if I did that.
The wrapping cloth in the video I kept, that was always meant for me along with the cloth in the second image so I guess I don't fare badly when it comes to retaining things.
Will I get to April before the year ends? Maybe but I'm not sure I will get to December, we are running out of days and I've got sprouts to peel.
You were spoilt in February. Two videos?! I've been doing it again, looking back.....today it's February. (I have nothing else to show you, my days are filled with wrapping paper, domestic chores, laundry and school work)
Do you remember January? The same applies here....too many images, too much choice. I have managed to whittle them down though. Most of these things left me in France, the buttons, the pin pillows...... except the pocket in the fourth image which was always intended to be for me. I fondle that every day.
The videos? One concerns a page, the other a little titivation.....if you have seen them before, if you remember them then skip this next bit!
A five minute page
A few glass beads
Monday January 9. New class.....Embroidery School. Read more here.
My embroidery time, my sewing hours, my focus......this cloth. I started to count how many bullion knots were on here and gave up. I didn't give up in desperation, I just thought there will be more bullion loops added to this before you know it so that little task would be best left until this cloth is completely finished.
Today? A video for you, a brief show and tell and a little bit of embroidery.....
I spent a little time playing with blue and white paper yesterday. I treated myself to some blue batik paper earlier in the week and couldn't resist adding a little of that to some of my own stitched paper. Things were shuffled around a little bit first before I added a few blue and white French knots. There are some tiny white seed beads scattered amongst the French knots too....sadly not very visible in these images.
I plan to extend this sheet with a little doodling, perhaps some lace and more embroidered paper. The paper here is from this post. You will see in the video that I considered adding some of the cloth too but it just didn't work for me.
Following on from yesterday....a look at pattern more than colour, at least up to now. There will be a mini colour study happening here at some point I just haven't got round to it yet. My head is full of colour study ideas and pattern study possibilities. That's in addition to the excitement I am getting from my happy cloth class.....is there such a thing as too much excitement?? If there is I don't think it's a bad thing. This paper, colour and pattern play is feeding my wrapping cloth class too, giving me ideas for that, adding more things to the list I have for creating over there.
I was once told I was frightened of colour. Not any more.......