Another late post. Ah well, while we aren't blogging we are living life! So it follows I must have been doing a lot of living!
I've certainly been doing an fair amount of stitching and sketching. I finally finished my Mystic Moonstruck Hare cushion, and it went with me to lovely Lizzy Doe's house warming party on Tuesday night; I think she liked it. You can never have too many cushions, and the hare is one of Lizzy's special images.
Not an easy cushion to photograph, as it is quite plump. The words say: Leaping, Lilting, Landbound no longer, Thou Mystic, Moonstruck Hare. I searched all over the place for a short poem about hares to stitch around the leaping hare, but came up with nothing I could use. So I wrote these lines myself. Originally I had "leaping, lilting , landlocked no longer....' because I loved the alliteration, but then I realised that the hare is not landlocked, wrong word entirely. Earthbound would probably have been the best substitute, but I wanted to hang onto a bit of that alliteration so Landbound it is. A compromise.
Detail of fastening. I don't do zips. To be honest I usually sew all round and unpick when necessary!
The text is stitched using a whipped running stitch. The spacing gave me a lot of grief!
I'm very fond of using variegated wool when I work with felt or flannel.
There was a super spread at Lizzy's, she'd spent hours and hours preparing a vegetarian -vegan even - feast, and we all took a dish of something to add to it. I think she will be eating the tabbouleh I took for the rest of the week - it was a HUGE dish! And very garlicky.
Part of the spread...there was lots more!
I was so enjoying working with the felt I had to start another cushion. The ground fabric is an old blanket, which last saw light of day as the base for Katy's "One Bird" cushion. The pattern is from the French magazine Quilt Mania, and designed by Kate Harmon.I would normally design my own, these naive flowers are not difficult to draw, but the design was there, ready to go, and I was working on impulse. (same old, same old!)
I'm using a mixture of hand-dyed felt and felted woollen blanket. I've tried to keep the colours fairly muted, I didn't want bright primaries this time.
I use a simple stab-stitch, which I prefer to blanket stitch. When all the applique is completed I shall embroider using wool yarn and cotton perlè, as I have used on one of my quilts; lovely to look at and very enjoyable to stitch. I might also add a row of triangles down each side; even when I 'borrow' a design I like to add my own elements.
I took this with me when I had a doctor's appointment the other day, I had time to wait so sat in the car stitching away happily.
On the sketching front I am still stuck with copying but I think it is good practice anyway. I did have a go at sketching a trout from a ceramic model Jim provided. I have to re-carve my trout block!
Cabbage. You guessed, of course.
OK, so I'm no water-colourist either. But I love filling this sketch book with images and colour.
I did a quick little carving and stamped out this 'proof' using stamping inks.
I'm trying, I'm trying. So many other things get in the way of sitting down and just drawing and drawing. Like music! I have promised myself I will sit down each day and actually PRACTISE not just PLAY. I'm a bit naughty about it but I know it makes sense.
So, to finish up I'll leave you with a couple of photos I took leaning out of my sewing room window - a bit tricky as it opens the wrong way for taking photographs!
It was a rather dull day when I took these photographs, so not the crispest images. However today - like yesterday - the sun is shining - HURRAH! I'll ignore the somewhat cool breeze! I hope it's nice where you are, and lingers on throughout the weekend. Have a good one, Y'all!