Friday, 28 March 2014

Enfin, back in the mountains!
The Pyrenees are beautifully warm and sunny at the moment but quite cold once the sun goes down.

Last week of course was Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch
at the NEC where we had a great time as always.
Here's the Linda and Laura Kemshall stand - isn't it looking amazing!

Being a passionnée of the film I really enjoyed seeing these costumes from Les Misérables 'in the flesh'.

These traditional Palestinian costumes showcase gorgeous embroidery.  The collection belongs to Yasser Barakat.

'Hands up for Uganda' is a charity which raises money to help finance worthwhile projects in Uganda.  
This garment has been made from barkcloth with pretty cowrie shell embellishment.

These textile books are certainly on a grand scale!
Colourful and tempting stands were in profusion.  These are stands of threads of many gorgeous hues.

I love the range of handmade goodies on the Aid for Burma stand.  The circular welcome mats are beautifully made and a lovely idea to make your visitors feel wanted!

And a Thomas update!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Printing fun!
These lino squares came as a kit with a carving tool and were my Christmas table gift.  Thanks Laura! 

I've printed the 'TEXT' block onto rusted fabric here to create an interesting panel.

I've cut a leaf motif this time and made tests onto sketchbook pages and then onto rusted fabric.

This is how my heart shape turns out.

Here is a paint transfer print as per a recent DMTV show.
I didn't have freezer paper to hand so used an A4 card with a shiny surface.  It worked a treat!

And a Thomas update - 9 months old and a real cutie!