Summer Time and the stitching is…

The stitching is mostly being fitted around the daughters on school holiday 🙂 We all went to the Last Shift Banner picnic on Saturday afternoon. It was great to see the school banner on display with its bigger brothers and sisters from local collieries! The picnic was in full swing when we got there, withContinue reading “Summer Time and the stitching is…”

The Last Shift – all done!

I have so enjoyed  this project, meeting and working with the children at the Primary School and using their designs to complete the banner. So now you can see how it has all fitted together, I’ll have to add a picture of the reverse but this is the front. There was a lovely ‘Oooh’ fromContinue reading “The Last Shift – all done!”

All at Sea

Surging towards a market next Saturday 28th May  – Newcastle ArtsFest organised by the Lovely Lesley! My ‘transport co-ordinator’ loves it because he gets to drive up to Gray’s Monument in Newcastle city centre! So, I’m busy finishing some new pieces and planning the set up. It’s always lovely to be in the centre ofContinue reading “All at Sea”

Oh My Giddy Aunt!

Well, there I was collaging a new bit of sky…bluer than it is outside at the moment, when I paused to check my emails only to find this… I know it doesn’t take much to distract me but…! So, a great big thank you to everyone who voted for me and to the judges forContinue reading “Oh My Giddy Aunt!”

My Journey – Unveiled

Today saw the first unveiling of the triptych. It was such a lovely event. As the work was unveiled a very strong ‘Ooh’ echoed around the room. Everyone seemed to be delighted with how the work had developed and it was great to be able to talk with people about their responses to the workContinue reading “My Journey – Unveiled”

My Journey – Journey’s End

That’s it. I have stitched my last stitch, ends tied in, loose threads trimmed. Photos taken. All of a sudden it’s done…and I feel quite bereft. (Then I remember the aching arms and the workroom that really needs tidying.) My last job is to take it to the framer’s tomorrow. Anxious thoughts..will it stretch wellContinue reading “My Journey – Journey’s End”

My Journey – some final details

Oops more casualties!! Good job I got all those extra needles delivered – I haven’t quite got through them all today but the soil in the garden  section was definitely in need of some fine raking! I said I was going to only let you see small sections now until its all complete – but I thoughtContinue reading “My Journey – some final details”

My Journey – almost there!

It’s been a day of stitching – eight hours at the machine today – anyone know a good masseuse?? New needles and metallics have arrived! Needle breakages won’t be a problem now! All of the sea is now stitched, I’ve really enjoyed working on it, building ripples and waves into the surface to give aContinue reading “My Journey – almost there!”

My Journey – building a town

Another busy day stitching – you can tell because the fabric piles aren’t quite so neat and tidy today! I paid a visit to the local library this week and was delighted to discover a copy of ‘Threads – The Delicate Life of John Craske’ by Julia Blackburn.  The book tells the story of the author’sContinue reading “My Journey – building a town”