Friday 27 March 2009

Tree Movement

I have just finished this tree and I wanted you to see it's movement and energy.
When we get home from school we put the kettle on, catch up on each others day and my daughter makes me a cup of tea.
This is a good time to upload some pictures and to fit in a bit of sewing.
Have a lovely weekend.x

Thursday 26 March 2009

There Is Magic In Trees

I found out yesterday that my children's school Easter holidays do not co inside with the school I work at!
I don't know why I hadn't picked up on it, head in the clouds as usual!
They break up a week earlier than me, luckily I'm part time so we can work round it, also my husband is still looking for work so at least he can be around too.
You do have to look at the positives!
I have been working on these brooches and a significant commission which I can't share with you yet, but hope to in the not too distant future.
I have used black as the back ground for the pink and orange tree, it was originally a woollen jumper.
The vintage machine embroidery threads are made by Schurer , the colours are so vibrant, I can't wait to try them out.
I do hope you're having a good week, we have had sunshine and showers today.
Looking out the window, our Magnolia tree is just coming into bud, a few more days of sunshine and those tulip like flowers will be open.
I will be waiting with my sketch book...

Saturday 21 March 2009

A Touch Of The Orient

These are not my dolls, although I do wish they were,they are my Mums which she found recently.
She thinks the larger doll is 1930's, the smaller 1950's, if any one knows any different do let me know.
I love the colours and embroidery on their clothes.
The pottery leaf print I purchased from a friend who is very creative and paints the most wonderful watercolours too.
I felt inspired by these oriental themes and this led to my new brooch, I used some pure silk threads in that wonderful jade green.
I have used quite a lot of hand stitching in this piece as it is such therapy to me and I love blending the colours of my little seed stitches.
The sun is shining and I need to get out and do some gardening.
Have a lovely weekend.x

Thursday 19 March 2009

Collections,Treasures And Flower Brooches

This week I swapped brooches with Cathy of november moon.
I am so delighted to have this beautiful brooch, I will treasure it, thank you so much Cathy.
I also wanted to share with you a few collections, my wooden Polish dolls and my Mums collections of perfume bottles and powder boxes.
The collective gene is strong in my family!
Here are a new batch of flower brooches I have completed, which are a special order.
Hope your having a good week.

Sunday 15 March 2009

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

Sorry this is late, my only excuse is I nearly nodded off on the sofa and then I remembered I hadn't sorted out the school uniforms.
The theme this week is the 1920's and I found these wonderful art works on etsy.
1.Seafaring Heart is a print of an original painting by Sarah Blank
2.Misty is a print by Matouenpeluche
3.Octavine illustration has this work, The Belle Vie is an original illustration hand silk screen printed.
4.La Mode Nouvelle is a limited edition print by Amy Abshier-Reyes
Thanks to Charlotte at Fancypicnic who started shopping list Saturday and do have a look at the other blogs who share their finds on etsy.

Saturday 14 March 2009

Sorry not sure why picture uploaded small, this is a better size.x

Trees In My Dreams

A sunny day today, so I was able to photograph my embroidery outside.
I love how the sun catches the sheen on the threads.
This afternoon I had a sort out in my sewing room, long over due!
The trouble is I get distracted and start playing with the different threads I come across.
You can see some more photo's on my flickr page
I will post some photo's soon and I will do Shopping List Saturday on Sunday, I better start looking now!

Friday 13 March 2009

Embroidery In Progress

It's been a busy week, my children's parents evenings, staying late to help students with project work and helping out on a visit to Sewing For Pleasure exhibition, with twenty GCSE textile students.

All of them had a great time and loved the work shops, learning new skills.
The Knitting Association gave free lessons and this proved very popular with the students as they were given a free ball of wool and knitting needles.
I had to smile as three of them were knitting on the bus, while on the way back to school!
I have been working on these embroideries this week.
Another brooch and this landscape Trees In My Dreams.
I do hope you have a lovely weekend.

Sunday 8 March 2009

Tree Pattern Brooches

I love playing with pattern and yesterday I made these tree brooches.
I still have to finish the backs so a bit more sewing to go.
Looking out the window it seems to be a good day to stay in , we have dark clouds, high winds and rain.
I was going to try and get some gardening done, never mind it looks like I may just have to stitch instead!

Thursday 5 March 2009

A Landscape Of Stitches

As you can see my sketch book is always used for exploring line, colour, composition and just experimenting and having fun!
It's useful to record all my visual thoughts.
By working the stitches on to the boiled wool I was able to create furrows in the land.
The sketches I use as a guide, I will change aspects and develop pieces as I progress.
I do get frustrated some times, as I just wish I had more time to devote to my art work.
I'm sure I am not alone in this!
I had better get back to my sketching.
Hope your having a good week.

Monday 2 March 2009

Blossom Brooches



Over the weekend I made these brooches.
My starting point was pictures of tree blossoms and I played around with different views.
I settled on this angle, as if I was sitting in the branches!
They almost became abstract in design and definitely a Japanese feel to them.
I have also started on a another landscape embroidery which I hope to show you in the week.

Sunday 1 March 2009

The Winner Is...


I have just drawn a number out the bag, the number is 14.
Textile Art Showcase left the 14th comment so my brooch will be on it's way to Ann.
Many many thanks for everyone who took part.x

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

Just wanted to share all of these lovely bunnies I have found in etsy.

1. Julia's shop Materialised has this lovely coin purse.

2.Do have a look at Badbirds shop of art & embroidery patterns.Her prints are so full of character.

3.I loved the whimsical art of amberalexander including this vintage style print.

4.You will find some beautiful work in Isabella's Art.Here is an example of her cut work Guardian of Springtime -Shadow Puppet

Check out the other blogs who feature etsy sellers, you can find them in my side bar.