every year it's the same, I can't really think about christmassy things until it's really too near christmas to have them finished in time for my shop!! This is the beginnings of a matryoshka embroidery kit
originally she had lines of fern stitch but I really didn't like it so I had to start her over again
I'm much happier with this pattern but she's still not finished! Perhaps I will have to get her ready for next christmas.
aside from working on a lot of commissions I am also easily distracted by things. So when J said 'why don't you try your pencil drawings on grey paper?' I put my stitching down and went out to buy some grey paper!
which I really like. I also like the idea of stitching in dark grey onto a lighter grey linen, another distraction!
Oh! and did I mention dolls, I can't stop thinking about how to make dolls at the moment. Little dolls in cases or bags. I remember as a child I loved small things in bags or boxes.
And then there's the home education, moving from Germaine Greer (T's English IGCSE) to ecosystems in Wicken Fen taking a little French in along the way.
As for preparing for christmas! I'm just pretending it's still only September, so please don't tell me there are only 32 sleeps until christmas!!
Annis and I have just got back from an exciting trip to Glasgow, a chance to dress up city style, shop, eat cake, go to an unusual theatrical show and look at a bit of architecture and galleries, did I mention eating cake?
Annis's favourite place, the prince's arcade, we don't really have anything quite like this in Penzance!!
we went up and down the glass elevator, up and down the stairs and up and down the escalators. Those stairs are just so beautiful
oh and of course there was the shop of Annis's favourite designer in the universe, an unexpected treat.
the other side was sudden pockets of demolition
the most incredible Russian kinetic theatre that I would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Glasgow. We could only see the short show but it was moving and so beautiful.
then a very brief trip to Edinburgh just because we've never been
I couldn't go without seeing the Glasgow school of Art
and an architectural cake trip to this Rennie Mackintosh building too
I would also recommend the Modern Institute for some cutting edge interesting modern art
There are so many more things I would like to see in Glasgow. I think it is possibly one of my favourite cities and without doubt the friendliest city we've ever been to, someone asked us if we needed any help before we'd even opened our map!
I can't wait to go back! But for now I think it's time to get on with some work, well maybe on Monday...
just a quick post to say that I have listed my little carol singers as a pattern in my etsy shop
it's a super simple pattern as it's really just backstitch but it takes a while (well it took me a while!!) to fill everything in. It might look nice just outlined too, I haven't tried that yet. The girls are designed to fit into a 5" hoop with the idea that they could be framed in it. But of course you could stitch them any where!
For English shoppers this pattern is also in my folksy shop
I know it's only October but I know stitchers like to start stitching early and it's a lovely thing to do on a cold autumn evening.
I have been having fun with floss blending on my newest witchy pattern. I needed to break the black up so there was some definition. So her hat is a strand of grey blended with a strand of black and her hair is a strand of white blended with a strand of black. Her hair is inspired by Ann Bancroft's hair in mrs Robinson (I've always wanted black and white hair!!)
and of course she has a little black and grey cat sitting on the end of her broom!
and of course her stockings are stripey
and her broom bristles just had to have a little sparkle, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't fly without the sparkle!
and all inspired by finding (in the depths of my scrap basket) just enough of my favourite out of print black and cream fabric to make two witchy dresses
So for any last minute hallowe'en stitchers out there the pattern is listed in my etsy shop
we have just finished reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier so yesterday we took the day off and headed to Bodmin Moor to retrace the steps of the wicked Vicar of Altarnun and the poor kidnapped Mary Yellan
we climbed Rough Tor (admittedly the weather was a little less 'atmospheric' than it was in the book!)
and we looked down from the top over the moor, it was utterly stunning and surprisingly refreshing to be wind swept for the day
and lots and lots of wonderful mushrooms/toadstools
perfect fairy habitation
off to sketch some mushroomy fairy worlds I think
sketching and painting
all in my etsy shop
I hope you are having a relaxing week
Oh my! I really don't know where the time goes sometimes, I blink and it's been two weeks since my last post.
This time of year has a tendency to get a little hectic. We start trying to create a routine after the long summer months, not the easiest of tasks. And we start to spend time with home ed friends again, learning together. On top of that christmas commissions start creeping in and I have a million ideas that I don't have time to get down on paper! And finally we are out enjoying the autumn any time it's not raining. Autumn is a wonderful time in Cornwall, a little less busy and hot so we can walk further and such beautiful colours on the moors. I will have to take a camera out with us!
I know that all this will calm down, our routine will settle and there will be time for everything but right now it's hard to imagine.
I have managed to finish a new pattern and I'm rather fond of these two little girls. It started with a skipping rope
and then a hula hoop came along. I did ask my facebook followers how many of us can still hula, it turns out I'm not the only one who is put to shame by a young daughter!
all of this along with gorgeous liberty phoebe fabric made me very happy.
I love playground games and still have hopscotch and blind man's buff spinning round in my head.
These designs are for 4" hoops and make perfect pocket money purses, reminding me of the days when we saved up for a skipping rope or a hula hoop, or even a pogo stick!
I find it impossible to think about christmas themes at this time of year, I hate to wish away the autumn, it's my favourite season.
I won't leave it so long next time
and I hope you're all enjoying the season, whichever it may be.
After two lovely weeks away in unusually hot weather we are home again.
The christening was lovely
The men were all smart
and the day was full of laughter and photography battles!
Now we are home and plunged straight into autumn. I have the crocheted blankets back out and am trying to stitch without getting blanket tassles tangled up with my threads. But the cold wet weather has meant productivity
I have finished my little balloonist friends and popped the pattern in my etsy shop for sale along with some single lavender girl kits.
I am also working on some cute little autumn patterns from my sketchbook, similar to the balloonists.
I hope you have all had a lovely summer (or winter depending on where you are) and are ready for the next season.
I am finishing my woollen socks and my shawl before starting on arm warmers. Who mentioned an Indian summer??