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Onto the second side.



The applique felt cloud shape echoes the concrete seats at the Cloud Bar with split stitch silk thread clouds on indigo dyed sheeting sky and seeding on the crinkled gold satin sand.


I’ve used pulled thread work and specifically irregularly worked diamond stitch for ripples in the sand before and it’s one of my favourite styles to work so I decided to use it for the back ground to some beachcombed finds – seaweed, a tiny bit of drift wood and a shell with a very convenient hole already drilled into it.


At the end of the walk was the lovely Anderby Beach Cafe and I used fabric paints to copy their clever logo onto a piece of fine cotton, turning it into a sort of receipt to remind me of the posh hot dog (local butcher’s sausage) and latte I had enjoyed for my lunch, partly obscured by an appliqued splodge of tomato sauce!


I’ve also started another memory journal for a visit to Tattershall Castle last summer which is inspired by the bricks it’s made from.  The pelmet vilene base for this one has been covered in an appropriate fabric rather than being painted and it will have six slightly larger panels rather than the eight for Anderby Creek which will fold slightly differently.

DSCN7868I’m considering batik, canvaswork and reverse applique to record my memories of this visit.

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I’m sure somebody has probably already thought of this, but it occurred to me a while ago that the cuff of a shirt would make a wonderful textile book cover, easily stitched into to bind the pages and using the button for a closure. I made some notes in my sketchbook and got quite excited to start one!

Typically, it was months before a shirt destined for the bin came my way. This was a badly damaged denim shirt from the art shirts box in my classroom which I brought home to wash at Easter. I eagerly snipped off the cuffs and started to play. I went for some applique first as I wanted something which would make up quickly.

Leaves book cover 1

The fabric for the leaves is scraps of embroidered silk dupion which I’ve attached with feather stitch in a lovely variegated fine cotton.

Leaves book cover 2

I also had some matching embroidered silk organza scraps, so I layered a couple of the leaves with some of the organza.

Leaves book cover 3

A line of feather stitch, lengthened with back stitches, makes the central veins and holds the organza pieces down.

Leaves book cover 4

For the second one, a random scattering of lazy daisy flowers in various shades of blue.

Leaves book cover 5

It’s a great project to use up oddments of pretty papers.  These are ready to be stitched in. I’m going for three signatures per book held with a beaded long stitch binding.

Cuff book pages


It’s always an added pleasure when an idea works out so nicely.

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In the week before our December Embroiderers’ Guild meeting I managed to turn this:

Embroidery consequences 9

into this.

Buildings book 1

I covered the back with the same red lame fabric as the front and used silky black fabric for the endpapers.

Buildings book 2

With there being so little daylight at the moment, these were the best photos I could get indoors.  Then I chose some sunset coloured hand dyed cotton for the pages.

Buildings book 3

And used my favourite french link stitch in a variegated medium weight perle (to complement the colours in the pages) to put the whole thing together. In terms of time, it was a close run thing. I ended up attaching the last page and cover while sitting in the meeting and the judging had started on every one else’s pieces!

Buildings book 4

So, having rushed the binding, I managed somehow to make a mistake in the stitching at one edge, which means it’ll have to be rebound at some point, but I’m very pleased not only with the way it turned out but also that I actually managed to get the book completed for the meeting!

Buildings book 5

I’m not a great user of reds and yellows, so it was good to do something in an unusual colour way. And the tension on the binding isn’t great, aside from the mistake, so all the more reason to take it apart and restitch it at some point.

Buildings book 6

But what to do with it? (If anything.) I’m more than satisfied with the creating side – it doesn’t have to be for anything, but a suggestion made at the meeting by Debbie, coupled with some of the work I’ve been doing in my altered book, planted the germ of an idea…

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First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment – they were wonderful and I genuinely wish I’d had more than one book to give away. I even thought about trying to rustle up a second one but time and other commitments got the better of me.

My lovely Julia Land salt pig was pressed into service again, names written on pieces of paper and placed inside and the one that came out first was…


…vivjm of Live. Grow. Nourish. Create .


So, once I have a snail mail address, the wintry book will be on its way to you.

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The blocks  for the Rusting Fragments quilt are building up nicely and every so often I put them together in no particular order to have a look at how they work – or don’t – together.

Rusting fragment blocks 1

It’s always interesting to see how each fragment, worked separately but with an overall theme in mind, works with the others.

The difference between the permatanned polycotton background of the darning needle fans and the very distinct areas of rust or no rust on the vintage cotton of the ruched and turquoise rings blocks is much more marked when they’re alongside.

Rusting fragment blocks 2

These are the seven completed blocks so far, including the commercially dyed cotton that I wasn’t sure about.

Rusting fragment blocks 3

A lot of meandering paths is the first thing I notice. And I’m still not sure whether I like that strong reddish block. Not sure I dislike it either though…

Rusted Fragments blocks 4

Another thing to bear in mind is that the block will be separated by turquoise sashing, so that will alter the way they work together as well.

Remember there is still time (until the end of today, Saturday 9th February) to enter the giveaway for my Wintry kimono fabric book by leaving a comment here.

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