Sunday, 23 June 2013

wings of time

Just back from a very lovely holiday in kusadasi, Turkey, yes I know-again..
but I really love turkey.
I was barely back when I discovered that Pam from crafty mugwump had announced a small exhibition being put on by calico- a stitching group guided by Biddy Baxter, So I hotfooted it over to visit.......
Oh my goodness, what lovely pieces of stitching, such skill and artistry, every single piece was exquisitely worked, a total feast for my eyes,

 I find this fine detailed work absolutely inspiring, I wish I could sew like this.
These tiny shoes are so beautiful and delicate
my flash wasn't working, so these  photos arnt the best.
I love the fragility and transparency of this piece.
This was a great opportunity to see this piece again, something about this always gives me a strong emotional response
don't know why- but I love it .Time has wings- how true..
my camera definitely doesn't do this purse justice- its soo gorgeous.
I had a lovely time, sat around drinking tea and chatting with the group, they are very talented and hardworking ,and I was lucky enough for pam to show me her next work in progress WOW..
and when I got home, these were waiting for me, aahh...
And now for this weeks weird moment.......
When I started my silly love songs book, my good friend Annette wasn't around to have a page forced on her[lucky escape?]anyway, I thought I would dedicate a page to her, I chose the song about the red rose in Spanish Harlem, amazingly , we met up on Friday and she gave me , this lovely small painting as a gift, she did it with ink tense pencils on cotton, isn't it wonderful- and just right!   spooky or what?
Thought for the week- I read this somewhere,-Art should give comfort to the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

sewing, sewing gone

Is this a bag?  or what?
I thought I would have a go at Ineke Berlins famous denim jeans bag, doesn't look very big in the book,
in real life- its enormous, I once made a loose cover for a large sofa, and this felt like a similar project, but its a wonderful, gigantic, mahoosive [yeah- new hip word- means quite large], the pattern comes from the book- The Quilted Object, excellent book.
Yes, the children are missing one or two pairs of jeans.
really enjoyed making this monster- just got the binding to finish, oh and its got secret pockets inside too.
Remember my silly book? some of my good friends have completed a page for me. this is Julies- tiny little hand dyed pieces of velvet, lovingly stitched over- it really  is exquisite.
And this is Wendy's-absolutely lovely, those little blue stars are tiny and have teeny tiny glass beads in them.

And look at this tiny pocket of stardust- guess what the song is....

what a beauty this is -thank you Jane
the detail in this is amazing.
I am very lucky to have such talented friends, thank you all.

and finally- this is the beginning of the cover of the silly book, hopefully it will improve.....
Il be off now, need to finish the bag ,must blog more often...