Monday 26 April 2010

My Life In Stitches

Firstly a few pictures from my London trip last week and a brief account.
We visited Spitalfields market on the Thursday, traveling on the top deck of a red London bus.
It's a great way to see the sights and I had a perfect view of the city of London.
Spitalfield market is now quite a trendy place with independent shops,bars and cafes surrounding the covered market.
Thursday is the antique market and my sister and I took our time looking through the vintage clothing and textiles.

Our afternoon was spent in Covent Garden, we had tried to visit the Van Gogh exhibition but sadly the queues were enormous, we would have been waiting for hours to get in!
We then decided to walk along The Embankment, by the Thames, to The Tate Modern from where I took this picture of St Pauls Cathedral.
It was a lovely break and I'm looking forward to returning again soon!

This week I had a copy of sent to me as I am featured in their "Life In Stitches" article, as you can imagine my Mum had to go out and buy several copies!!
My life indeed has been dominated by my obsession in drawing with threads, it has not abated yet, in fact it grows stronger.
It is now managing my time to stitch that I find difficult, which I'm sure is the case for many textile artists.

Here are a few items I have been stitching last week.

Bye for now.

Sunday 18 April 2010

Lace Tree Brooch

I'm back from London after a lovely, busy few days with my sister.
This will be a short post as my daughter needs the computer for revision as she has mock exams this week and next.
Thank you if you took part in my give away, my daughter selected numbers out of the bag and the brooch will be on it's way to Anne, and I'm sending post cards to as a runner up prize.
I hope they will not take too long to get there because I'm sure the airmail post will be delayed due to the flight ban in most of Europe.
I also must say thank you to Helen of who kindly sent me some wool which I hope to use in a textile project soon.
I will post London pictures sometime this week.
Lastly a brooch made from fragments of lace.

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Abstract Stitching & Sketching

Here are a few more brooches to share with you, these are stitched again as I would paint, lots of small stitches dancing,flowing and creating rhythms of colour.

As we have had a few sunny days, I managed to do some drawing in our local park, with dog, son, husband and rugby ball!
I found a shelterd spot to sit in the sunshine and sketched very quickly,these drawings may develope into paintings.

Tomorrow I am off to London to stay with my sister,I'm so excited!
We are planning a visit to Spitterfields Market on Thursday as it has lots of antique stalls on that day and I think it has vintage clothing too.
Also to visit, if we can get in, the to see the Van Gogh exhibition.

Oh and if you would like to enter my draw,do leave a comment in the post below, it finishes on Saturday.

I hope you have a lovely week.

M x

Saturday 10 April 2010

This Could Be For You

I've been a bit slow on the blogging due to the Easter Holidays, having been busy stitching, drawing and...going out at every given opportunity for tea and cake!
On Tuesday I visited the Herbert Gallery in Coventry to take a few pictures to share with you.
My work is the one above the box with shoes, the landscape with trees, sorry not a great photograph.
As you can see there was some wonderful,inspiring work.

They have a lovely Cafe with interesting art work and sculpture, I like how you feel you are sitting actually in the gallery with plenty to see, including a patio area with more sculptured works.

I have more drawings and stitching to share which will be in another post soon, but first I want to say thanks for anyone who takes the time to kindly visit.
If you want the opportunity of winning one of my brooches from my still life series, just leave a comment before 8pm Saturday 17th April and you will be entered into my draw.
I hope you have a great weekend.
M x

Sunday 4 April 2010

Easter Stitching

Happy Easter, I hope you are enjoying your Easter break.
We have just finished our roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with a nice glass of wine.
It's still bright and sunny outside although a little cold.

Last week has been very busy and I have been looking forward to having time to catch up with general jobs at home, including a major tidy up in the garden which has been some what neglected!

On Thursday I attended the preview of the 2010 Open exhibition at The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry where my 'Abbey Fields' embroidery is on show.
I will post some pictures soon, as we are visiting it again tomorrow, to take pictures of the gallery.
If you can visit I need your votes!
They have a peoples choice award and the work with the most votes, will be fortunate to win an exhibition of their work at this prestigious gallery.
This would be a dream come true, if I were lucky enough to win, although the chances are slim, as there are seventy excellent art works to choose from.

I have added a few more wooden dolls to my collection, one I found in a charity shop.
I'm sure my obsession for them stems from the comfort they give me in bringing back memories of my childhood.

More stitching to share with you, I'm still working on the large piece and also a few more brooches.

I'm in the process of making a brooch for a blog give away this week so more to follow soon.