Wednesday, 27 April 2011

It's been a while!

It's been a little while since my last blog, but I have been pretty busy. I've been spending my days sewing and embellishing my embroidery samples, and where the time goes while your sitting sewing I'll never know! I've made quite good progress with my 3rd piece under way and 1st and 2nd are almost done. I hope to start my 4th sample next week, but time is ticking and still need to trim and mount my work eek.

Over Easter I went with my family to Twycross Zoo, somewhere I've not been before. It was a great day out and we saw lots of animals including this magnificent giraffe. It was a very hot day though and ice creams were needed. There was also lots of shady places needed for the animals and humans to retreat too when it got all too much. We did find the elusive Snow Leopard, fast asleep in a shady spot.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Sewing the day away.

Since breaking up for Easter I've been doing a lot of sewing. This design was inspired by Japanese wineberries. I've enjoyed spending time calmly sewing, but I'm very conscious that time soon flies by and yet it can look like you've not made much progress, especially if hand embroidering. However I will keep going and will now move onto my second piece and go back into this one, once I have a few more pieces well on the way.

To keep other parts of my brain active and free from boredom, also so I don't get too much eye strain I have the TV on, but daytime TV is a bit naff, perhaps the Poirot dvd's will have to come out!

Monday, 4 April 2011

And so to thread!

It's time to get sewing! The second part of my project involves embroidery and time to sit and ponder as I sew, ( and rest the poor tired knees, which have been aching like mad from standing for long periods).

I am combining print with stitch and introducing some typography too, which is something a little unusual for me. I often put words on my drawing sheets, but they never seem to make it onto my patterns. I'm also looking forward to using my Madeira threads and my ever growing collection of beads and bits.

The contraption in the image, that is kindly holding my embroidery and hoop, is affectionately known as the dinosaur. A very lovely friend of mine, has lent it to me and it's a great help, as you have two free hands to sew with. This means I don't suffer from quite as much back ache or stiff shoulders whilst sewing.