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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Share in Style - Flowers

Rosy over at SewingAdicta has invited me to take part in the second of these posts, this time with the theme of 'flowers'.  It's funny, or coincidental, that today, I spent my time at a Botanical Art Class in the lovely village of Madingley in Cambridge - in the thatched cottage on the right!  Isn't it beautiful?


I am trying to recapture my painting skills.  Apart from my illuminated letter class a few weeks ago, it's many years since I picked up a paintbrush to do this kind of art.  The day passed by so quickly!  I even learned some things about colour that I'd never encountered before.


I'm mixing cleaner and more considered colours and getting the colour matches accurately.  Mind you, my tutor, Georita Harriott, is an illustrator for Kew Gardens and the Cambridge Botanic Garden, so I would hope so!


Botanical art is more scientific than the kind of flower painting I'm used to - for textiles.  I painted these pansies years ago, and they lean towards the 'decorative' rather than 'realistic'.


My goal then was to paint for textiles, as in this shirt I've made from Italian printed cotton that I found in Goldhawk Road, London, a couple of years ago.


I love prints and these form part of my style.  It's one of the reasons I like to sew ... I get the chance to use lovely fabric and patterns.  So thanks Rosy for remembering me and I hope to stay a part of your new community.  I want to start sewing again as soon as I can and am sure I'll draw strength and encouragement from your group.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Why I'm not sewing yet ...

I'm busy designing my first ever knitted sweater.  It's quite daunting but I'm giving it a good go and also enjoying the process.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I've been in sewing school again too - a post coming up soon!


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bag making coming up soon ... Honestly!!!

'Cause I've gone and given in and enrolled for another class from Craftsy.  This one looks really interesting, building on the making of basic shapes by using patchwork.  I've got a huge bag full of fabric scraps from my Sew Weekly days.  Can't wait to start one!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Share in Style ... Be Free

I've been invited to join in this by Rosy over at SewingAdicta and I so wanted to take part.  Although I don't have a new project to post, I reckon I have a fair idea of styles that suit me and can put something together based on past work ...

At the risk of sounding 'frumpy' I like comfort!  I like to feel relaxed in my clothes and not have to think too much about what I'm wearing ... so I think I am basically quite 'classic'.  I do like strong colours - blues, fuschia, black, navy and most of all, prints!  I like swishy skirts and shirts, shirtdresses, tops with little sleeves, long tunics.  I want to get into bag making too and already have one cut out ...   I'm glad this project has given me the opportunity to really think about things ...  I do love my jeans, so anything that goes with those is great with me.  Then there's the knitting - although coursework means I haven't had chance to make anything for some time ...  So here's a little collage of 'me'!  Go and have a look at everyone else's contributions over on Rosy's blog here

Thursday, 27 March 2014

My little cottage jug

I think someone had taken an entire jug collection to one of the charity shops in Cambridge and I managed to get this cottage jug as well as the miniature Tower of London one - I already have a larger cottage garden one, seen in the background.  It's a bit sad really when I come across instances like this, as I often wonder what's happened to the previous owner ...  At least part of their collection is well loved in a new home.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Busy Bee ... But no sewing yet ... :-(

Well I haven't been idle, it's just that I don't have any sewing time ...  I completely forgot that I was going on a pattern cutting course at the end of March - thought it was later - which means that although I have the Burda Bomber lined up as my next project, I still haven't been able to do it yet.  I've also been 'home' to Manchester and started on the design work for my C&G Sweater assignment.  I'm completely enjoying being on the 'fringes' of sewing though.  I've done part of the pattern cutting course, which has been one of the best days I've spent lately and I'm also loving 'The Great British Sewing Bee' as Tuesday night's TV viewing.

I am a busy bee!  'Bees' are everywhere - did you know that it's the mascot on the Manchester coat of arms, as an industrial symbol?  Then there's Sewing Bee and finally, I've treated myself to a silver bee from Silver by Teresa.  It arrived a couple or so weeks ago but I haven't been able to blog about it because of my business ...  Anyway, as you can see, it's beautiful ...

Silver Bee by Teresa, Sewing Bee and a Manchester Bee!
    

Monday, 17 March 2014

The Northern Quarter - Street Art

I've been back to Manchester for a few days.  The Northern Quarter, just off Piccadilly, is a centre for arts and creativity.  Each time I go, I notice something different - especially the murals.  This one has been there since 2011 and I've now done a bit of research on it.  It seems that not all the 'street art' is exactly that and much of it has been done commercially, but that doesn't detract from its beauty.  This one was commissioned by Converse Trainers (you can see the 'star' logo on there).  It's enormous, taking up the whole gable end of a multi-storied red brick building.  I didn't notice the bird at first though, as I was too busy looking at the trailing plant up the right hand side - in fact I've found a couple of the photos of the bird in close up from elsewhere on the t'internet.  Sorry if I'm treading on anyone's toes with them ... I'm not sure where they came from, but this is for criticism and review only, in a very positive way!

    
The Northern Quarter has been likened to 'Old New York', because of it's features ... fire escapes and multi-storied buildings.  Many of the buildings have been and still are being used for clothing manufacture and wholesale retail - that's what I always used to know it for before it became trendy recently.  Several films have been made around here - I can often imagine car chases in detective films and tv series going on ...