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A friend brought me two water-worn fragments of slate from the shores of Coniston Water in the Lake District last year and it was a little before Christmas that I turned one of them into a pendant. I love this rippled surface so I left it natural.

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The other side, however, I polished smooth before using my dremel to carve out a disc in the slate. I then set a pretty vintage marcasite roundel from a broken earring into the hollow.

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It was missing a gem from the centre but none of my marcasites were big enough to fit and it was too shallow for a paste stone. I went through a number of beads, stone chips and other ideas before I remembered I had some tiny beach glass pieces from my Seaham haul. One of those sat very nicely in the top…

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… leaving only the jump ring to attach through another drilled hole. This lovely soft dark grey slate was really easy to cut and shape unlike the Langdale slate which I’m still struggling with!

Very pleased with this assemblage of found objects; one from the English North-East and one from the North-West, hence the title. It can be found here in my Etsy shop.

 

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We’ve just had a typically wet, but in spite of that, very enjoyable week sharing a cottage with friends in the Lake District. I’m on with my holiday journal which is a mix between an altered book and the found object journalling I did a couple of years ago in Cornwall. No pictures of that yet, but here are some of the lovely things that I came across in our exploration of the Lakes which have inspired me.

Stencilled Hessian wall covering, Blackwell House, Bowness:

Stencilled Hessian wall covering, Blackwell House, Bowness

 

Just one example of the stunning stained glass at Blackwell House.

Stained glass, Blackwell House, Bowness

 

Inlaid detail on a bureau:

Detail of a bureau, Blackwell House, Bowness

 

A period Arts and Crafts sofa:

Arts and Crafts sofa, Blackwell House, Bowness

…and the plasterwork between picture rail and ceiling:

Decorative plasterwork, Blackwell House, Bowness

Beautiful whitework on a pillow:

Whitework, Blackwell House, Bowness

…and the pieced patchwork hexagon fans of the 1911 quilt on the same bed:

Patchwork bedspread, Blackwell House, Bowness

Wet slate roofs in Chapel Stile:

Slate roofs, Chapel Stile

 

Crewelwork bedspread at Brantwood House near Coniston, the home of John Ruskin.

Crewelwork bedspread, Brantwood House, Coniston

An example of Ruskin lace, a type of drawn threadwork introduced by Ruskin to the Lake District as a cottage industry.

Ruskin lace, Brantwood House, Coniston

I love these cheeky sheep – one of the sculptures at Grizedale Forest.

Sethera, Grizedale Forest

Sethera, Grizedale Forest 2

 

It feels quite odd to be home – I could have happily stayed another week!

 

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Glad you enjoyed the first part of the tour through my journal. Here’s part two.

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Reclaimed by the sea 1b

Finally finished. I really enjoyed the random nature of this, with days all over the place and some days contributing more ideas and pieces than others. No rules – my favourite way of working.

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It’s finally finished, and as Rachel pointed out, more or less in time for this year’s holiday! Just thought it might be interesting to take a virtual tour through the pages.

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Part two coming soon.

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While on holiday in Cornwall this year I beachcombed a number of very thin round fragments of slate with the intention of using a shisha stitch to attach them to fabric. These are the results so far:

On turquoise silk with calico underneath and surrounded with kantha circles.

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In close up…

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…and in the journal.

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On shot blue/gold silk dupion embroidered with hand dyed silk thread by Chris.

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And in close up.

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On a fraying fragment of red shot green silk dupion with green perle.

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I stitched this one by artificial light and now I’m not sure about the colours, so I think I’ll redo it, probably in a vivid red.

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Trio on crinkled gold satin with a Caron thread.

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I love the concept, but I think the thicker threads don’t work quite as well and certainly I need to be a lot neater in my execution!!

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I’ve mentioned before about how I love the herringbone effect Cornish slate walls. These are in Tintagel, bordering one of the car parks.

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Great pattern and texture and something I wanted to explore again.

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The day I took this picture, my husband walked from Boscastle to Tintagel to meet us and also photographed a similar wall on the coastal path, his one thick with leafy blue-grey lichen which gave me the the final image for my next journal piece.

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I decided to create the texture of the wall by using gesso on calico, dabbed on in three or four layers, building up the depth of the stones.  This was then coloured with watercolours which ran nicely into the cracks and crevices and gave it light and shade.

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Emboldened by the success of the stone effect, I decided to add a background, painting directly onto the calico with the watercolours.

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Variegated green thread in random straight stitches for the vegetation at the base of the wall…

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And short strands of blue-grey slubby thread, un-plyed (if you get what I mean) and couched down in little bows to mimic the lichen. It was interesting, stitching through the gesso-slathered calico!

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Stuck into place in the journal.

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This was so far out of what I normally do with the mixed media of gesso, paint and stitch, but I really love it – it all just worked exactly as I’d envisioned it.

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Some of the slate fragments I picked up on the various beaches we visited in North Cornwall had split into sheets as thin as card. Sheets thin enough to easily drill; I hoped. On returning home I pressed my trusty bow drill into action and was impressed with how easily it put holes through the slate. (Not sure what it’s done for the sharpness of the drill bit, mind you…)

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I chose scraps of hand dyed sandy brown and green fabric with a coarse weave and used a stranded silk to stitch the slate with simple straight stitches through the pre-drilled holes onto the layered fabric bits beneath.

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I wanted this piece to be all about the texture so I added a seeding mixture of french knots and straight seed stitches to the scraps of sandy coloured fabric in the same stranded thread.

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Then stuck it into my journal…

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…before turning my attention to another piece I’d drilled.

This time I used one of the drilling templates I’d made during my jewellery course for feather stitching through brass. The holes are 1mm across.

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I used variegated silk thread for the feather stitching onto a scrap of turquoise habotai silk backed with calico. A hand dyed cotton shading from greens through browns and purples to turquoise couched down the fantastic slubby thread I’d unearthed whose shades echoed the colours of my journal so well.

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Then I cut the backing fabric to follow the lines of the couched thread before it too went into the journal.

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I love the ease with which these came together. Slate as shishas is another possibility.

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