9 May 2016

A week away in Grasmere

Can't believe I have been home a week already.

It was such a lovely and refreshing week, seeing friends, chatting, laughing, eating wonderful food and sewing.

On the Monday I called at Ambleside and the iconic Bridge House was looking good. 

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This is where we stay and the room on the right is our workroom, with plenty of tables and space and windows on all four corners.

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Just a short walk away is Heaton Cooper Art Shop and Gallery.
Perfect for stocking up on essentials. 

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Tuesday and Wednesday I managed short walks.

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Thursday morning was very frosty and cold.

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By lunch time the snow was falling and the hills had disappeared into the blizzard.
This is my view from the workroom on one side, more hills on the other.

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More hares - progressing slowly, not because I wasn’t working but because they take so long.
A real labour of love.

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And I started stitching the dress when my eyes could no longer cope with goldwork.

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24 April 2016

The next project...

The “Linen Dress 1” (working title).

Simple yet beautiful shape.

(I might need to put bust darts in this and make it for myself)

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Into the dye bath

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Leave for hours….along with a second dress and other robes.

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Slowly it works its magic.

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Dyeing = Science + Witchcraft

Dyeing = Know + Unknown

Dyeing = Controlled + Uncontrolled

I think thats why I love it so much.  I know whats going to happen, but not EXACTLY.

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 On the theme of red, my shoes…. roll on more warm days….

I love wearing boots, but its time to kick them off.

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Next Sunday I’m looking forward to K&S at Edinburgh, first time the show has been north of the border.  
Looking forward to it.

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Before that five days of stitching, nattering, walking, eating and drawing in Grasmere.

23 April 2016

Walking and Thinking...

Firstly I want to give a HUGE BIG THANK YOU to Richmond and Leyburn EG for the warm welcome on Thursday.
I gave a talk on “Land of the Far Horizons” and met some lovely people.

The first talk in a series I have planned for the next …mmm….. decade maybe.
Because….(drum roll)


Ideas are forming!  
Oh yes finally, after all this time….
The sketchbook is filling up! 

I’ve been on some lovely walks to Bamburgh

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The the National Trust house at Cragside

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The garden is starting to look Spring like and the tulips to the right of the path are almost blooming.
I call these “Mums tulips", as I planted them in November 2014 when we first heard she was ill…. and then they bloomed beautifully the following April after she had gone.

The left side of the path has a new rose hedge - Queen of Sweden from David Austin.
I’m looking forward to seeing that bloom and walking past it several times a day to literally smell the roses. 

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I’ve been sampling some dyeing on old linen sheets and tablecloths.

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Cutting out new dresses on the kitchen table. 

I need several more hours in the day and several more days in the week.
Very busy and loving it. 

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9 April 2016

Accomplishments

 Train gin day.... (as the Mac wants it to be) or rather TRAINING day.

I could happily sit on a train drinking gin…… preferably the Orient Express heading to Venice. (One day)

I’ve just “finished” an 8 week training course…. but it never ends, the strategy is to maintain motivation and continue to increase fitness. 

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 Also completed the course on Art Nouveau Across Europe - run online by Oxford University.  They always deliver very good courses.

Despite it being a very tough few months I do feel a sense of achievement and with a stitching retreat in two weeks I feel I might actually achieve in the needle and thread department soon……. and Festival of Quilts is well and truly booked!  Roll on August.

 

8 April 2016

Progress on the green Hare Dress

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Progress so far.  
The larger hares at the base are stencilled using markal oil paints and the smaller hares are created using foils.

30 March 2016

Kreinik Threads

Many moons ago I used to design and sell kits with silks (Pearsalls - now sadly deceased) and gold threads (Kreinik - very much alive http://www.kreinik.com).

Out of the blue Kreinik got back in touch and asked if I still used the threads, well, what could be more appropriate…… with the HARES? (Remember them?)

Look what came in the post from the wonderful Dena.

Opening the box….

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Oh wow…..

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Look at those wonderful colours and textures.
Purple!!!!
Perfect.

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I spent yesterday sorting out the ones to use to create my hares..... I was like a kid in a sweet shop.
(Minus the calories)

Kreinik really do produce some wonderful threads in many colours and various widths.
They are much easier to use than the traditional goldwork kit but still have the glitter and a bit of bling that I love.

Life is getting better (these threads really cheered me up) and I’m grabbing some time in the studio, the green dress is progressing and I promise to take some photos for you today.

27 March 2016

Happy Eostre

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The goddess of fertility and spring was often portrayed as an egg or a hare.

Sometimes Brigit, Freya, Ostara or Maia.

Raising a glass of whatever you’re having to the longer daylight, more frequent days of sun and warmth, the flowers forming and the seeds germinating.

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12 March 2016

Wild times.....

I have one family member out of hospital following a two week stay, the other waiting for appointments and I’m pretty sure I have Swine Flu (again).

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Surely its time to walk to calmer weather?

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Pictures from last weekend when we took a walk over the dunes on Lindisfarne.
The beach, was, as usual, packed out. 
Awful place. 

 

1 March 2016

No time......

SUnlight through gate

26 February 2016

Mary's Tribal Skirt

One skirt commission completed!

Take yards of Sari fabric, elephant trims, tassels, gold bells and fancy ribbons…..

 

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22 February 2016

Houston we have.... HARES!

 I have new glasses :)  I can seeeeee!

Hares are back on the agenda.
I am SO happy.

 

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16 February 2016

Works outing to Edinburgh

We’ve had snow!  Not enough to be really pretty but enough and the lawn is still covered in the white stuff.

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Talking of the White Stuff I took myself to Edinburgh yesterday and this was my changing room in that said shop.  
Fabulous idea!  Like a trip to Narnia (favourite childhood books, I read the whole series).

Love it. 

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In complete contrast to Northumberland Edinburgh was gloriously sunny all day.
Had forgotten how much I enjoy seeing the sun. 

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George Street is shopping heaven….

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... Princess Street is shopping hell.

I popped into the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for lunch and to see the BP Portrait Awards.
Em, some were photographic (whats the point?  take a photo), some were simply unflattering in the extreme, the occasional one captured the essence of the person(s).
You can see more here. 

My favourite “Under the Clootie Tree”  The expression on the child's face is priceless.

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Under the Clootie Tree
by Lyndsey Jameson, 2015 

Life is still in upheaval here and very stressful.
But always remember….. 


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It’s all we can do.

 

10 February 2016

Illustration & Embroidery

Draw, paint, stitch.
Whilst I think about the sleeping hare I’m working on this idea.
(Still waiting for glasses so I can start more gold work hares). 

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