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Embroidery Exhibition

Yesterday I visited a wonderful embroidery exhibition held in a tiny village hall in Farndale. I was given permission to take photos, so here are the pieces that really inspired me.

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These little Comforts are made from samples made for an embroidery course, the hats are felt. Aren’t they just adorable.

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Sorry about the angle on this but it was on a side wall. Again what a lovely idea for using small pieces of fabric and buttons and beads. I possess fabric, buttons and beads…..

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Now I had a long chat with the lady who made this. I said that is my favourite piece, and she said she had made it. Well I guess I made her day. Inspired by a holiday in Peru, its about the elements, the mining and the damage to the environment. It was a truly gorgeous work of art.

I told her I had taken a City and Guilds Creative embroidery course. She said I should go to the Embroidery group meetings. They had Make and Take workshops. Like these

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Beautiful books and these

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cards.

I managed to walk past all the tempting materials for sale. Sheer WILLPOWER!

I bought some tombola tickets and won this lovely bag.

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The group meets on the last Saturday of every month. Now should I join?

 

15 for 2015- December

Inspired by Laura at Made in Oxford I set myself some goals for 2015. Looking at the post I wrote to go with them when I drew up the list I think I knew then that my family was not through the darkest of days. I clearly knew that I would need the support of others, that I would have a temptation to hunker down and would need to push myself to do nice things for myself and others. The list was achievable and fun and did indeed get me through 2015, so I could support others and come out of the other side , ready for 2016. I get ahead of myself. Here’s the last update for 2015.

15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, I eventually felt that I lacked ambition on this one but in the early days going out for 15 minutes was an achievement.

14 bags to a charity shop- When my Dad died and we put his house on the market I knew the temptation would be to fetch too much home and become a hoarder who couldn’t get in the front door for stuff. Little did I know it would take so long to sell his house. Fingers crossed we actually do so very very soon. I have 6 more bags from his house ready to go to charity shops as I write, but decided a couple of weeks ago to do the unthinkable. I took a bag of yarn to a charity shop asking for wool. It hurt! Deep down I knew it was surplus to my requirements, but still it hurt and when Mr E said WHY ARE YOU TAKING WOOL? it was all I could do to go through the doors and hand it over.

13 animal photos. Easy to take pictures of animals, but hard to take good ones. I achieved this quite early on , but kept going because it was such fun. My favourite is on the Page “15 for 2015,” but it was hard choosing just one. The family of ducklings were just so sweet,  this one really made me laugh a dog at the Malton Food Festival.

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He so wanted to Jump, the food on the stall below smelt so delicious.

12 meeting ups with friends and family- I really appreciated how good it was just to be with other people and not just sitting at home worrying about stuff. And I got to meet fellow blogger Rachel from The Little Room of Rachell.

11 New savoury recipes tried– well I tried 11 and some more. However I had a tendency to change ingredients or add them according to our taste with the result that they tasted like inferior versions of meals we already liked. Only one was a total disaster.

10 handwritten letters sent- and of course ten letters written back to me, which was just lovely.

9 handmade cards made and sent- loved doing this and the recipients said nice things about them.

8 Sewing or embroidery projects done. Loved this one too. Here are the hand stitched gifts that went to my secret Santa partner.

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A little box onto which I embroidered a woodland scene. This was my favourite piece all year long as it came straight from my heart.

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A lavender heart which I also embroidered.

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I made this little box into which I put

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a Dorset button brooch.

7 new yarns tried. I failed here, only trying two , mostly because I couldn’t find any but also because I make garments for children and their Mums/Dads like them to be machine washable.

6 Trips to museums/theatre/ cinema etc. Just wonderful to go out for the day and see new places, so often prompted on where to go by the Photo Challenge. So glad I have got to collaborate with three others on the 52 week photo challenge for 2016.

5 projects for charity. Completed this one this month with a blanket for memory boxes for bereaved parents.23.12.15 002

Still a bit curly and in need of more blocking.

4 new walks- achieved but not as long as I’d hoped for, due to damaging my heel in Greece. By the way it doesn’t hurt so much now except if  I stand on it for a long time. Hopefully longer walks will be possible soon.

3 Craft workshops- well I couldn’t find any I fancied so instead I built on ones I had attended before and did three projects inspired by workshops from previous years.

2 New cities visited- not the two I expected, mostly due to not being able to link my schedule to others. Salisbury was wonderful.

1 railway journey- not the one I expected, but I did travel by train, twice in both directions. And it was a good experience. Always next year.

0 impulse purchases- I wrote very thorough shopping lists all year!! But still failed and it was Charity Shops wot did it! Jugs , books and magazines. Could have been worse.

So here ends 2015.Have a very good New Years’ Eve and see you in 2016

 

 

 

15 for 2015 ( November)

One month left to go and by and large I have been occupied with everything I wanted to do for Christmas. However,there is quite a bit of time between now and 2016 to achieve my goals for this year. 31 days in fact!

15 minutes walking 4 times a week- still plodding on!

14 bags to a charity shop- still 10 but I have two ready to go. Surely I can do this!

13 animal photos- DONE

12 Meetings up with family and friends-10, had a wonderful weekend away with extended family and friends in November.

11 New Savoury Recipes tried- DONE

10 Handwritten letter sent- DONE this month , and I still have all my Christmas cards and letters to do.

9 Handmade cards made and sent-DONE

8 Sewing or embroidery projects completed- DONE this month, been busy on my Secret Stitching Santa, can only do a sneaky peek for now but here you go

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and

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7 New yarns– not happening, two only

6 trips to museums etc- DONE

5 projects for charity- still 4 but plenty of time left!

4 new walks- DONE

3 craft workshops- since I changed this to follow ups from previous workshops I have done two, one more to go

2 New cities visited- DONE

1 Railway journey- DONE

0 Impulse Purchases- Failed, but I have learned to keep out of charity shops, especially the book and jug sections!

Autumn leaf project update

First of all a big thank you to everyone who helped me out with comments on my Autumn Leaf stitching project last month. Your suggestions were really helpful. So what did I do? Well, I painted up some more yellow fabric and made some more leaves. I then used machine embroidery to quilt the piece and  added veins to the bigger leaves. Then I made it into a cushion. I do like a cushion!!

Here we go -adding the big new leaf to the centre.

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Adding the leaf veins

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You can see the machine embroidery too. I really really loved doing this part, I went over and over the fabric loving the texture I was creating.

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A little yellow leaf. and the final cushion

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I learned such a lot from making this.  I did machine embroidery and it wasn’t scary, it was fun. Design.. have I finally learned that I should plan things put properly before plunging in. This is still on the messy side,too much is well too much!  I don’t think I have finished with autumn leaves by a lone chalk, but less is more.

Mr E still didn’t ask about the pile of leaves in the fireplace. They remained looking lovely, as a result of pressing them between newspapers. I burnt them ceremoniously when I stitched the last stitch. And he hasn’t said a word about the new cushion… being polite or merely unobservant?

Meantime I have started , well am starting a new blog called A voice through stitch which you can access by hoovering over my name top right hand  corner. Or by clicking here I will be posting my next Stitching Project on there very soon. I felt that these rather personal stitching responses to the world around me don’t quite fit in my NanaCathy blog hence the new blog. As always I am technically challenged with what I am trying to do , but hopefully the new blog will be ok. Love it if you went for a visit in the next week or so when I make my first stitch post. Thanks.

Once again thanks for the comments on my autumn leaves and if you care to leave another, well that would make me very happy.

 

Stitching Journal- October

October has been mild and a little damp. However, I have enjoyed many an autumn walk, collecting some leaves which I dried and have used as inspiration for this months Stitching Project.

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I love the way these leaves look en masse.  So I began by painting ,using fabric paints ,onto a piece of washed calico. I applied bondaweb. Then I cut out leaf shapes, placed them onto my backing fabric and started to sew. I was after an effect like the photograph above.

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Now the overall effect is not to my liking yet.

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Individually I like the leaves

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but the middle bit lacks definition

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My thought is that it needs a yellow leaf in the middle.So do I paint up more fabric and make a large leaf like the colours here

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or do I use this yellow fabric for a leaf?

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Or do I just leave it alone ( pun not intended!) Do I apply wadding to the back and quilt? Do I just try to define some of the leaf shapes more, add some veins? Really would appreciate all thoughts and comments.

Linking with Lola Nova

 

Felt Embroidery Update!

Back in my August Stitching project I shared my attempt at embroidering on handmade felt , all inspired by my slightly unusual love of moss. I wasn’t happy at the result. Two things happened. I followed up the advice to try needlefelting  and I went to a local Art exhibition. At this event a well known local amateur artist had entered a felt landscape of a local beauty spot. And she was offering it for sale at £45. I don’t want to say anything about this , except I went home and thought my attempt maybe wasn’t as bad as I thought!

Having made three needlefelt birds I attacked my moss felt with the needle, and this firmed it all up very nicely. Next I neatened up the edges. And now I am slowly embroidering onto the surface,and I am really enjoying the process.

So now I am ready to share my progress.

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Beginning to look a little better.

Some details.

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Chain stitch

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I’ve added some pre felt and buttonhole stitched over it

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Buttonhole circles

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You can see on this picture that where  the felt has been needlefelted it is much firmer and dense . I shall keep going with this after all.

Thanks for all comments last time and the suggestion to needlefelt.All thoughts are very welcome. And just in case anyone wonders, I have not asked for Mr E’s input!!

Stitching Journal- July

My family say I’m weird! Evidence-amongst other things- the photos I take. “Mum why are you taking THAT?” was (OK and is)  the frequent cry from the family. And the truth- hard to explain but some things do just appeal to me and yes I do take some strange pictures, but usually because deep inside me I know I want to embroider what I can see.

Like this

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No not the trees(this time), nor the light. But that gorgeous cushiony soft, soft soft MOSS. I love moss..here’s another

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MOSS.

I hadn’t thought about how to tackle moss and was torn by two ideas. So it was back to basics with this project.

1 Collect images

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Pin them on a board and think.

2 Paint- right so I can’t draw and I can’t paint very well, so I won’t inflict my sketch book on you.

3 Choose some fabric and paint a background. I used a small square of a cleaning sponge, which proved pretty effective

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4 Spend hours choosing a variety of threads from the stash, and then some more hours thinking about stitches.

5 Take the plunge and start stitching

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The stitches are buttonhole wheels and couching and a bit of chain stitch

6 Keep going

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Adding bullion knots and a lot more button hole stitch not in a wheel but in straight lines

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7 keep adding more and more stitches, sometimes on top of each other and certainly overlapping to create texture.

8 Wonder what the … you are going to do with this.

9 Light bulb moment -cover a box.. only the fabric is too bulky. Decide to cover the box not inside the rim as the Seaside fantasy, but over the whole top

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10 Beginning by turning under a hem and stitch a border

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11 Tahdah!

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One moss inspired box, with moss in the garden

12 When husband asks you what it is and you say “why what do you think it is? Try not to over react when he says ” A mess”. Remember to say ” What do you think to Picasso?” And feel vindicated when he says ” Another mess”. And then ask him what he thinks to Jackson Pollock. And when he says “Who” , feel good.

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I like it but then I am a bit weird!! And I haven’t finished with moss yet a while.

 

Linking with Lola nova stitching project

and Woolhogs made it challenge

 

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