Sunday, 23 February 2014

This and That

First of all I want to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my last post and to explain why I have not replied individually as I normally do. Typing is getting a more and more lengthy task as my fingers are losing  feeling, so I thought I would use my time to craft rather than type. Please keep the comments coming, they mean a lot to me.
I have done another screen from the Gocco machine,  another Iris and been playing in my sketchbook with stencils. I'm looking at those iris on the screen and thinking how they would make a circular design, oh well that's something to try when Paula comes tomorrow.

I've been using my inktense blocks to draw imaginary still lifes, I'd like to add some stitch to this if I can.

More pages in my sketchbook using gelato and art stick pens and finally something finished!
My good friend Bev (who teaches C &G) at Beecrafty amongst other places said two or three weeks ago that she would finish this piece off for me by backing it. The amazing thing was in the fortnight or so she had it I'd forgotten all about it, so it was a lovely surprise when she brought it round with a very professional looking binding. Thanks Bev.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

More Adapting

I think this may be my last piece of embroidery, hand dyed, hand printed cotton and silk organza. It's  slow process but I hope to get it finished. This is not the end of crafting for me, there are so many other things I want to try it's just a matter of managing my energy levels and thinking small ( very difficult) for me.
I have so many crafting friends that are coming up with ideas for me to get inspired by. For instance my friend Paula brought along a gelli plate for me to play with.

Many pages later I have another sketch book filled with lovely imagery. This is such a pleasing thing to do and takes little energy and it fulfils that need for colour on a grey day
 Jean my friend from the Trident group I belong to also brought me round a heap of goodies last week. Gelato pens from Faber Castell ( kind of akin to lipstick) and some new art sticks from Derwent. Both ideal for filling up sketchbooks when I'm confined to my bed.

Jean also brought round something called a Gocco machine, I love it, I can only describe it as a craft level thermofax  machine. Alas it is no longer made in this country but can be found occasionally on Ebay or from abroad. I started off by drawing some iris heads. I am surrounded by flowers at the moment (birthday last Monday)

An image is drawn and then by some magic and the flashing of bulbs an little screen is produced.

And then on Tuesday I received a postcard from Tina (Aka Sweetypie) with the most restrained piece of work she has ever produced, I love it!  I will post more often now I have my PC set up so I can work from my bed ( my new centre of operations!).