Hello and a warm welcome to you! Thank you for visiting my blog where I love to share a little of my life and my passion for textiles, I hope you will enjoy what you see and read here...do also visit me on Facebook and say hello...or check out my workshops and come and get creative...

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

waking up to sunshine...

is so uplifting, all the more so after the wet and grey days this winter has given us, today the wind is blowing hard bringing rosy cheeks after a brisk walk along the road, which I am trying to do most days...and there is much to bring hope...yesterday our neighbouring farmers brought their early lambs down the lane, tiny little scraps of life somehow surviving in all weathers


thank goodness for bulbs...these daffs are very nearly out, and a miracle of life pushing their way up through damp cold earth 


and the snowdrops are in full bloom tucked into the hedgerow



and the light makes the green fields vibrant as we await new leaves on trees 




even moss on the trees and hedges is a welcome bright shade


this tree bark bears closer inspection...I just love lichens, they seem so primitive but are astonishing in their quiet tenacity and variety of form...



and walking home into the warm kitchen is a joy after being out, even for a short while. Homemade pumpkin soup (last of the pumpkins we grew) is on the lunch menu with hummous and rice cakes..mmm!



I do love a bit of synchronicity, on Sunday my affirmation from Louise Hay was completely in harmony with the book I started reading!


I have been trying to use my intuition more in the studio as creating seems to flow better and in a more extiting fashion than if I try and control or plan it, at least it's a great way to get started, or into the flow after time away from work. Action and planning can be part of it, but intuition seems to make much better decisions and choices than if I try and push work forwards...this piece came to fruition after I started with some pink/red lacey fabric...and the rest just came through picking other fabrics and threads as to what felt right, adding some needlefelting and free machine embroidery...and the flower or seedheads are my current obsession!


I just love having the freedom to create whatever I want! Whatever makes my heart sing!

hope your heart sings too this week with whatever you love to do! xx



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

relax...it's half term!

and the living is easy, well at least no pressures or deadlines this week, no need to be anywhere in particular by any specific time so we can all unwind...husband of patience is out there somewhere, happy in the great outdoors, planting willow cuttings...daughter mine is doing her best to get through homework and revision,  rustling up delicious muffins and mucking out chickens as an antidote to all that...

and last weekend she was running in an athletics meeting in Newcastle...which is always an uplifting thing to be part of...I love watching the youngsters (and occasional veteran!) focussed and fit, powerful and determined, quietly proud of their bodies...and they work hard to get there, as does daughter mine who now trains 2-3 times a week, outdoors, in all weathers...


Last summer was an outdoor event, this time it was indoors, on the college track, ironically on the sunniest of days, the best weather we've had for a while! As I wandered around I came across this inspiring wall art..and thought it was applicable to life in general...
 



I have been on a roll since Christmas looking at my life and feeling my way into new ways of being and living, gradually changing what I do...since I watched a lot of the Hay House seminars I came across all sorts of interesting people including the amazing Kris Carr, and treated myself to her book; I already had Raw Living and a friend has lent me David Wolfe...it's all very inspiring and not a little confusing, so I am taking the simple approach of one change at a time...






 

It all looks so fresh and appetising! I am not sure I will go all raw, as I do like hot food in the cold depths of winter, but the recipes are tempting and I have already made my own smoothie recipe...I don't always find it easy to follow recipes...so I take the gist and do my own version!


this is avocado, celery, cucumber, lettuce and kale (a few tender leaves from our veg plot!) whizzed with a little water, sadly not filtered or pure (yet!) but good enough for now, and it was DELICIOUS! And I felt incredibly virtuous! Looking for a juicer next...anyone got any recomendations?

and new work is slowly taking shape too, I wanted a change from the neutral colour palette I have been using and rich maroons and pinks seem to have popped up for me...it's amazing how opening a box of fabrics or two just gets me going, mixing colours and mingling different textiles, a little sketching (my friend Ian's beautiful card inspires too), embellish and get stitching...






free machine embroidery is just sooo versatile and just that, free! liberating! 



night time and time to stop...nowhere to work anyway! It's amazing how the space fills up!
have a happy week
Emmax





















Friday, 14 February 2014

what I love...

about blogging is the people I've 'met' as I've gone along, it's a joy to be in touch with other folk around the world and share a little of what we like and who we are...

what I love about the internet...is it's connectedness...so a big thank you to everyone here and on Facebook who took part in my Giveaway and left lovely comments...I am pleased to announce that one of the winners is from Australia no less, see her inspiring blog Fibre Art here...and a brooch is heading out to you Vicki!


what I love about workshops is meeting people and spending time helping them get creative, it's such a joy, and to see what they come up with when let loose with fabrics, threads, and their imagination...

last weekend I taught two workshops: Saturday was creative free machining with all kinds of fabrics, in my heavenly light warm studio...as the wind and rain blew a gale outside...




Sunday was a day making an embroidered book...from this pile of fabrics a variety of interesting pages emerged...



each person brought their own inspiration...Swan Lake led the way to a series of delicate pages reflecting the tragic story




here blues and creams gradually merge on a theme of water, and flow...




 


 and a project of Remembrance inspired some strong and moving images



what I love is the buzz of being able to watch work gradually taking shape from the initial idea to some beautiful pieces of embroidery, and it is a priviledge to play a small part in their creation...

and what I love is being here and doing this!

wishing you a loving Valentine's day

Emmax


















Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Valentine Giveaway!!

I am really exited, I had a LOVEly time yesterday stitching and came up with a happy idea...to celebrate 3 years of blogging and to say thank you to you all who follow my weekly doings and have been so supportive...it's the perfect time to say THANK YOU and offer the chance for you to have one of my new heart brooches, just perfect for sharing the LOVE!!


so please leave me a comment, here or please like and share my Facebook page which is here, or do both!! and I will pick names at random after the Giveaway finishes at midnight on Sat February 8th...

and this is how I made them...from a pile of fabrics, inspiration comes...




by the way here's a little hint, if you're sewing with shiny or metallic thread, reduce your top thread tension and put the spool of thread in a jar at the back of the machine so it can run freely...thanks Lorri I think you gave me that tip many years ago!



so don't forget, leave a comment, like and share or both...and see if your name comes up to win a beautiful brooch, just in time for the day of LOVE!!

How's that to brighten a wild windy and wet wintry day! Emmaxx