Wednesday 25 February 2009

Spring Snow

It's been lovely to have your comments in the last post, thank you.
I have been busy working on this embroidery over the last few days.
You can see I have enjoyed playing with the patterns in this landscape.
I have propped it up against the sewing machine so you can get an idea of size.
I do love artist's who use pattern in their work.
One artist that I admire, among many, is John Piper
John Piper designed the Baptistery Window at Coventry Cathedral, a representation of the holy spirit.
If you have time, do look at his gallery of work, he was a man of many talents.

Sunday 22 February 2009

Art Brooch Give Away

I have just finished another tree brooch and this I am giving away for my 100th post!
Spring Blossom Tree.
If you would like to enter just leave a comment and some way I can contact you if you win.
I will draw the winner a week from today, so you have until next Sunday 2.00pm to leave your comment.
Since beginning this blog my house work has become more erratic, no one can get on the computer, I bore all my friends telling them of all the wonderful blogs I find and there is thread all over the house.
What it has given me in return though, is blog friends from all over the world, connecting with fellow embroidery lovers, artists and inspiration to continue with my art.
It has given me an audience, which I have never had.
Thank you.

Friday 20 February 2009

New Landscapes

Today I finished this landscape, it measures 15cm x 12.5cm approx.
I hand dyed the wool and used a combination of wool and silk fibers.
This landscape is from my imagination, or perhaps it's a dream.
I have just realized that this is my 99th post!
So I think it will be fun to have the customary give away on my next post.
I had better get busy.

Thursday 19 February 2009

Spring Pictures


The feel of spring is in the air and the sun is out today.
We had a lovely walk yesterday and we came across these snowdrops.
This gives me the opportunity to share this picture with you from my sketch book of a woodland scene.
I also finished my orange tree picture, I have backed it with fabric and added the vintage ribbon.
Such a beautiful shade of blue.
Of course it could still be framed if you wished.
I hope to add it to etsy to see if there is any interest, if not I will have it for a summer art exhibition.
Lets hope we have some more spring sunshine to lift our spirits.

Tuesday 17 February 2009

Inspired By Threads

This week I am off work for half term week, although I was at school yesterday helping students with their GCSE exam projects.
I found this bag of threads I had forgotten about which I just love, even in this tangled mess!
The purple tree above will become a tree brooch and work is progressing on this art piece of an orange tree from an idea in my sketch book.
I yearn for blue skies and warm sunshine and it seems to be influencing my choice of colours.
Hope your having a good week.

Saturday 14 February 2009

Shopping List Saturday

Lots of wonderful colours in shopping list Saturday today.
Etsy has the most amazing range of arts and crafts and these colourful creations are no exception.

  1. Steph at Rivulette has the most wonderful selection of colourful hand spun yarns and also some very pretty hand made glass beads.
  2. Lorrie a mixed media artist has a shop called CT Studios where you can find some beautiful mosaic work.
  3. Kathy panton illustration has a shop full of amazingly colourful art works. I loved this butterfly.
  4. Another shop with lots of colour is Leela Ford who painted this abstract.

Do check out all the other blogs who feature Shopping List Saturday, you will find a list on my side bar including Charlotte at Fancypicnic who started it.

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Ice Tree

This tree is a custom order.
A friend of mine was in an art gallery and she was wearing one of my brooches.
She was approached by a lady who asked where she had got it and to cut a long story short,the lady visited my blog and ordered two tree brooches and a flower.
When she had received the brooches she contacted me again for another, which I finished last night.
So this blog post is for her to see if this brooch is OK and to say thank you so much.
My Olive tree embroidery will be for an art exhibition in the summer.
Thanks for all the lovely comments.
I do hope to add some art pieces to etsy soon, perhaps half term week If I can.

Thursday 5 February 2009

A Walk In The Snow And Time To Stitch

Step Into The Olive Grove

Trees In Snow

Kenilworth Casle In the Snow

Views On Our Walk

Today we had no school and no work.
We awoke to heavy snow and the children were so excited.
So here are some pictures of our walk around Kenilworth Castle.
I took lots of pictures and I'm sure I will use quite a few as ideas for my sketch book.
I was excited because I could spend some time on my sewing.
For this piece of work I went back to my sketch book, drawings of an olive grove from our holiday.
Quite a contrast to our white landscape.
Hope your having a good week and keeping warm.

Monday 2 February 2009

Pink Tree In The Snow

Yes this is quite literally a pink tree in the snow, on top of our rabbit hutch and you may just see the snow flakes.
Here in Kenilworth we escaped most of the heavy snow although it is snowing now.
The children were quite disappointed that they could get to school and so was I!
February 2nd always makes me think of the film Ground Hog Day, my thirteen year old loves it.
May be tomorrow we can get snowed in and I can stay at home and stitch all day.

Sunday 1 February 2009

Calling All Pom Pom Makers!


I thought some of you would be interested in this art project I was invited to join by
Elvis Roberts
You can find all the details here

So start making those pom poms!

Talking of groups I have also joined this group

This has been organized by Helen suzanne Alexander

Helen says
You're invited to respond to it in any sort of visual medium that you fancy, paint, fabric, 3d or 2d, the choice is yours. I guess the only requirement is to start with the image that first comes to mind when you read the title. You can develop it to your hearts content and it will be exciting to see what you come up with. My particular interest will be a spontaneous response which conveys the first thought and I'm not going to pursue a "finished" state. I'll probably do sketches with notes, photographs, digital sketches and maybe if it really strikes me, something in oils.How about it? I'm going to post a title at least once a week. If you join in there is NO requirement to do all the titles and no deadline for a piece to be finished. It is always your choice :D
I have also to show you my pink tree and as it's just started to snow it seemed apt that my pink tree becomes Pink Tree In Snow.
Hope you have a creative week.x

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

Today's Shopping list Saturday I am featuring these beautiful art works from etsy sellers.
  1. Do visit Sylvie Van Hulle who has a great selection of paintings based on walks along the river De Leie and her travels to Morocco and Spain.You will find her work in her shop Sylf's Shop
  2. This atmospheric painting by Kim Onyskiw Bluebell Morning.
  3. Livefunky who I recently discovered through flickr has a distinctive colour pallet and a varied collection of inspiring art works.
  4. Nicole Whittaker is new to etsy and I loved the colours in her painting. She has more beautiful art works in her shop.

Other blogs on my side bar also share there own discoveries from etsy, so do take a look if you can.