31 December 2007


As one year ends and another begins it's time to review what I've accomplished over the past year

52 stitch samples for TAST
6 challenges/chapters of The Artist Muse
5 Quiltie swaps on Unlimited Textiles plus Bookmark, Xmas Decoration swap
2 Joggles classes - Temple Dancer Doll (completed) and Doodling Designs (5 lessons completed and lesson 6 half done)
Module 1 of C & G Embroidery completed - Module 2 started
Open College of Art Textiles course completed and assessed with Grade A awarded
Padfolio for SIL birthday
ATC swaps - Make 5 Take 5

Not much to show for a years work is it really. It's not as if I don't have plenty of time to do things but I keep putting things off until later but hopefully the challenges I've signed up for this year will keep me focussed and I'll accomplish a lot more.

I've stopped making New Year Resolutions because however good my intentions are I never keep to them. But (a big BUT) this year I must try to lose some weight. I know it is bad for my health, I already have to take 3 lots of tablets for High Blood pressure and my hip aches if I stand or walk for too long so I realise the excess weight is putting a strain on my joints.

To all my blogging friends I wish you a

Happy New Year

I hope it is peaceful, prosperous and above all a very creative year for you all.

Doodle lesson 5 finished

I was hoping to have finished all my doodle lessons by New Year so I could start fresh in 2008 but they've taken me longer than I expected, I suppose because there has been so much hand stitching on them.

I've got my eye on 2 more classes with Susan Sorrell at Joggles - Monoprinting and Fertile Earth
and this class looks a lot of fun as well.

30 December 2007

TAST finished

Hurray! I've managed to finish TAST weeks 51 and 52 with less than 12 hours of 2007 to go.

The top 3 are Week 51 Chained Bar which was very easy to do and the bottom 3 are week 52 Spanish Feather Stitch which I'm still not sure if I've got right.

I started with such good intentions at the beginning of the year. To be experimental with the various stitches but ended up just doing basic sample but at least I can say I stuck with the challenge and finished all 52 stitches. I'm looking forward to the new challenge which I think will be much easier to stick with as it is only monthly instead of weekly.

24 December 2007

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas
and a very
Creative New Year

13 December 2007

Doodles and Stamps

I wanted to make some stamps from my doodles so went surfing to find some suitable carving blocks. The first one's I found on this website Graphicus

Then I found this website and I got a Speedball Block printing starter kit for half price £8.50 which I got just in time it's sold out now and no longer available

and a load of Speedy stamp for £1.99 each, they should keep me going for quite a while.

I had a quick go at making a small stamp from a doodle, it's the top part of the speedy stamp where the printing is 4 x 6 inches.

I used the second stamp to print a background on a 12" square piece of white cotton for Doodling Design lesson 6.
then using white fabric paint, doodled on top

and finally used blues and greens to overpaint the white.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this next. I'll have to give it some thought.

TAST catchup again

I've caught up with TAST at last, well nearly I'm in the middle of this weeks.

I've just realised that I've not done these in order but here goes -
A in the photo is Week 45 Pekinese Stitch
B is Week 44 Zig Zag Spanish Knotted Stitch which I can honestly say I'm not keen on
C is Week43 Drizzle Stitch which I found fun to do
D is Week 46 Chain Braid Stitch
E is Week 47 Thorn Stitch and very appropriate for this time of year don't you think and finally F is Week 48 Knotted Cable Chain Stitch.

Week 49 Pistil Stitch.

We're up to week 50 now so only 2 more stitches to go, where has the year gone too???

I'm looking forward to Sharon's new challenge for 2008 it should be interesting. On the 1st day of each month Sharon will post a key concept and there will be 2 options, a colour scheme or a design element like a shape. The challenge will be to use one or both of them to develop into a resolved design. If you want to know more have a look at this page. It's going to be a popular challenge as so far 198 people from various countries have signed up, what a great way to bring us all together.

12 December 2007

Early Christmas present

Sally of Feather on a wire had posted about a Graphics tablet she'd bought from Aldi. I've wanted one for quite a while but they can be expensive and Aldi usually sell out of special offers quite quickly but I thought I might as well go along and see if they still had them. Hurray!!! they did so it is my early Christmas present to myself. It cost £29.99 which isn't a bad price.

I put the software on the my laptop and desk top pc but for some reason it works better with the laptop. The laptop has Vista and the pc has XP but is over 5 years old, perhaps it's getting a bit old. Here's a couple of doodle I did on it to practice.

02 December 2007

Goodies in the Post

I've been a bit lax posting about all the swaps I've received over the past few weeks so here goes in no particular date order:-

I got this from Ali in her birthday present draw. I've got it pinned to my coat.

The next two are bookmarks I got as part of the 'Feeling Blue' swap on Unlimited Textiles. The first is from Liz Counsell and the second from Sue Krekorian

I got this from Anna when her blog was 1 years old, I was one of the lucky first 10 to leave a comment. They are made from Silk carrier rods that Anna dyes so no two are the same and are just big enough to hold a pair of glasses or a mobile,

and this came in the post yesterday from Anne as part of a PIF (Pass it forward) swap. It's a shame you can't smell it as it contains allspice berries, cinnamon bark and whole cloves.