As you can see I’ve been having fun with my flower close-ups already. I had a sleepover looking after two of my grandsons who were so very well behaved and I enjoyed my stay with them, so this evening I spent relaxing with my digital play.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The flowers I was presented with at the North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild will last a lifetime as I have taken photos of most of them. These enlargements of the flower centres will no doubt come in useful for many a graphics project and no doubt you will see them over and over again in my designs. They are lovely and the colours perfect. They were very much appreciated!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Embroiderers’ Guild are producing a tribute to the Olympic Games of 2012 by creating a series of textile postcards dedicated to each of the countries taking part in the London Olympics. Every branch has been allocated a country and ours here in North Wales is Liberia, which at first glance if you look up that country in Wikipedia does not seem to offer much inspiration. But if you look deeper there’s a lot of interest there and I found I had a lot to choose from after reading some blogs written by young American volunteers who are working with women and children. There are many orphans there after the war and women have a very hard life. Rape seems to be a grave problem still even after the war finished, so I decided to use Women’s Rights as my topic after seeing a hospital garden where the women had written their wishes on stars which were ‘planted’ in the garden and called ‘Stars of Hope’.
This is the card I made and I couldn’t believe my luck when it was chosen first from so many lovely cards by a young man called Peter (?) who is a Textile Art tutor.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Here are the serviettes I collected from friends when in Slovenia, but I don’t know when I will find time to use them. I’m busy preparing for a weekend workshop I’m giving at the beginning of August and I have just booked another for October 1st, so it’s all go here. Carol at the Stitch It shop in Llandudno has booked me for 2 more workshops, date not yet settled.
This piece was inspired by Jane Lafazio’s work and I really enjoyed making it, but haven’t got the colours here quite right.
As I was going through some of my photos I came across this one, taken at Plas Tan y Bwlch some time ago. People used to go to my GGM for medicines for different things and my mother once told me she had to go collecting these in a basket for her GM so she could use them for her healing. It’s such a pity these recipes were not passed on.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The water surrounding the island in the middle of Lake Bled really was this colour.
And the velvet inside this old coach at the stud farm in Lipica
Do you think the colours of this piece of work I’ve just started were influenced by the aqua colours? Normally I’m not a blue person and will have to go out tomorrow to buy some blue Anchor cottons as I have none in my very large stash of threads.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Can you see the fox climbing? It seems that dogs find it useful
I wanted to show you these little heads. There must have been hundreds of them in a sort of channel along this little alley with a fox each side of it. Again I wish I knew why they were there, because they all seem to have been made by different people as the styles varied.
Interesting? I think so and I took loads more photos of them. Some were better than others again I looked for an explanation on the Internet but couldn’t find out what they are.
I did find an interesting explanation of these sculptures on the bridge and especially the padlocks hanging below them. You will find it here on Wikipedia. i have enlarged this one because it’s so interesting.
This creature was at the other end of the alley. I don’t know if it was connected to the heads or not.