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Friday, 22 May 2015

Playing hookey...

...a day out away from it all, and the perfect excuse was "work" connected and lunch with a friend thrown in, and I got to drive out to Caldbeck, a tucked away and very special place in the northern Cumbran Fells...on a very fresh (cold!) spring day with glorious sunshine there aren't many better places to be...I always feel happy driving there as you turn off the main road and head into sheep and wildness...



















and of course there's The Wool Clip and Hestascene gallery to visit...



and the church where John Peel the huntsman of the famous song Do ye ken John Peel, is buried,in a most peaceful churchyard...


and some pretty houses, I love the simplicity...



and I followed a wee flock of young sheep, being herded by a lady in a car, she had to keep stopping to get them out of people's gardens...so it was rather entertaining...



and then I realised she was probably not the shepherd when achapon a bicycle appeared with his dog...the dog smartly rounding them up and taking them over the bridge and back to the fellside...



and there is inspiration in these lovely birch trees...






which is slowly coming out in a new piece of work...my embellisher at the ready...








playing with the composition before stitching is always fun..

so you see, playing hookey can have many advantages...you never know what arty textile will result...why not try it yourself very soon!

have a fabulous weekend and may the spring weather be kind and warm so we can all be outdoors...



Emma xx







Saturday, 16 May 2015

my new best friend...

is my embellisher, my needlefelting machine...purchased 3 years ago

up till then I was a One-Machine-Woman, I only had eyes for my beloved Pfaff sewing machine, bought by my Mum as a 21st birthday present...when I was 31! We finally managed to get to the sewing machine shop together and choose, and I chose it because it had a walking foot and at the time I was interested in quilting...what I loved about quilting was the fabrics and the surface texture of the quilting...although I have come a long way since then, my inspiration is still texture and stitch...


But as I say a new girl on the block appeared 3 years ago, and it is taking texture to new dizzy heights...I have been having great fun playing and creating new surfaces and fabrics by mixing and mingling all kinds of fabrics...but be warned! it's better than chocolate and almost as addictive!


















and currenty it's taking my work in new directions and I'm loving  the freedom of it...please note that stitch is still an essential part of my art so Fifi my Pfaff is still my dear one (sigh!)







which is just as well as I have Art in The Pen coming up in Carlisle, 20th and 21st June...lots to do, exited yes, scared, a little but loving having something to aim for...and of course in means painting more things white...


guess that's my weekend sorted! Wishing you a wonderful one...


Emma xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

the joy of colour...

is what we all need after winter...it's been gloriously sunny and bright here, with some welcome rain (ahem also hail!) and a walk along the road shows me how spring is progressing in the hedgerows, there is so much to delight and exite...the combination of bright blue sky against delicate blossom or sharp fresh greens





 the cute little lambs, before they become serious sheep...

 

the strange and exotic looking shapes and colours of flower and leaf buds opening on so-called "common" trees...
 


and I had to include the delicate "Stitch"wort flowers for obvious reasons...


and in my studio creativity seems to be burgeoning too...simple sketching and playing with fabrics and stitching is freeing and opening me up to new directions. Creating samples for classes is  joyful activity as there is no set end point to achieve, it's just a way to show students a taste of the myriad of possibilities...





although one thing can lead to another and there is always the risk that soomething may sidetrack me and lead me astray...




and bowls may emerge...





sorry I haven't been here much of late, having a creative splurge as Art in the Pen looms in Carlisle  June 20th and 21st, so please 'bear with' while I attend to the necessary making...

have a great weekend {I'm off to the lovely Hexham in Northumberland to talk to the Embroiderer's Guild there, looking forward to that!)



Emma xx