recently I've been enjoying catching up with both my blogs and doing quite nicely
so long as it's bit by bit ... slowly sharing a mix of old and new
in January I had a Crow Day with Jo
always a lovely day playing and developing ideas
we decided to have a go at the paper bead making tutorial
from an issue of Cloth Paper Scissors but when we saw the list
of expensive materials, we didn't already have, we decided to improvise a little
so, papers were gathered ...
mainly recycled magazine pages, paper bags and wallpaper samples
plus some hand painted papers (always lots of those in the stash)
and set about cutting, rolling and sticking ...
I made my beads untapered in a variety of lengths
but ensured that I had something of interest at the end of the papers
before I rolled the paper up, gluing with PVA as I rolled,
and always leaving a bit to spontaneity
so I ended up with these patterns and images around my beads
which gave me a particular idea (with a St. Ives theme) I must pursue soon
and that had me thinking about this idea too ...
that I could roll some plain paper beads and collage on them afterwards
which is how I got that image of the girl with the very long legs
on that very long bead ... which measures nearly six inches
they're not finished yet ... I need another play morning
where I will roll more beads and dabble with paints and micro beads
oh ... and they also need to be varnished/sealed for durability
but the possibilities are endless!!
|Mousehole inspirations at: Love Stitching Red
over the last few weeks I've been very busy stocking my etsy shop
and have been grateful for many sales and custom orders
I thought I would share this heart which is now on it's way to a new home
it's called "on the beach"
stitched using real limpet shells from the harbour beach
with silk, vintage lace and watery textures
and finished with a silver grey winter shell
found on the beach at Mousehole
|"Polperro" by Sanderson
and next I'd like to share these inspirations from Indianna
"Indie" is my dreamer friend from Cornwall
(I met her and her hubby when they came to my show in November)
Indie sent me these gorgeous fabrics that are "ruined seconds"
(I can't remember where she said they came from ... I will ask her!!)
they have dye runs and misprints but I think they are fabulous just the way they are!!
so inspirational ...
I made a swatch card from them
the fabrics feature peacock feathers
but they remind me of the sea and the beach
I'm going on my memories a bit as I haven't been to the beach for weeks
(the weather has been so stormy so I'm staying home cosy stitching)
I must go down to the sea ... soon ... I miss it so much
meanwhile I'm making something for Indie inspired by those lovelies
but I can't share it here until Indie has received it ...
but soon I hope to ...