Monday, April 6, 2020

Community Stitch Challenge - Week 2

Week 2 - Cas Holmes
Select an object or image as inspiration for this exercise.

I had a piece of brown paper with a gold edge to represent the gold stupas in Myanmar and was given 2 small scraps from a Buddhist monk's robe.
The Irrawaddy River is very sandy at low tide with just a hint of greenery seen in the distance.
Using these as inspiration, I sorted through my stash to find the appropriate fabrics.

I found a piece of stiff woven fabric with a green edge. The fabric reminded me of the fishermen's grass huts on the banks of the river.
An image and a piece of terracotta coloured fabric to represent the red clay temples in Bagan.
These were all simply stitched with a running stitch onto postcard size fabric 4" x 6".

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Community Stitch Challenge - Week 1

Week 1 - U.K textile artist Sue Stone.

Sue creates her own textile art using just a handful of traditional hand stitches in combination with some simple mixed media.
She says "You don't need fancy tools or materials, just some fabric, threads and a needle. And it doesn't matter if your'e a complete beginner or an existing embroiderer, just have fun stitching."

Start with an 8" square of linen or cotton, divide into 4 equal squares of 3" x 3".
Choose a simple stitch and randomly fill the spaces.
I chose a running stitch, finding it very relaxing to sit quietly stitching. It doesn't have to be even, perfect or balanced stitches. I have found doing my Stitch Meditations over the previous years have helped. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Free Community Stitch Challenge

I belong to, a British textile group.

Due to everyone across the world being isolated and not being able to physically attend any groups, they have started a community stitch challenge. It was to be only posted on Facebook, which I am no longer a member. I emailed to ask if there was any other way to participate in the challenge being set each week. It came through over night that yes, they will also download it onto their website.
It pays to ask.....
The challenge is set every Monday for 5 weeks.

Week 2 Cas Holmes Workbook
A range of collected cloth such as parts of clothing, patterned and plain fabric combined with paper (brown wrapping paper, magazine and tissue etc) provide the working surface. Also if you have some dyed and painted cloth in your stash.

The basis is to start with a small piece of linen/calico/cotton as a base (postcard size)The challenge set is to attach the pieces and stitch. When finished with your composition hand stitch it to a piece of watercolour paper or card.
We are also encouraged to take notes on the provided note page.
 I started to go through some of my stash this morning.
I am going to use my pieces as pages to be made into a book.
I missed Week 1 with Sue Stone, it will give me something to do over the weekend to catch up.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Happy and Bright

Woke to a sunrise this morning that was enough to put a smile on our faces. A thunderstorm is  predicted, hope so as it will water the garden for us. Yesterday our neighbour dangled a bucket over the fence with a few vegetable seedlings he had no room for in his garden. In our court, everyone generally just waves as they go past, this last week there has been a lot of kindness between each other, checking that everyone is ok and if there is anything we can do for each other.

The marigolds have self seeded in our veggie garden.
Another flush on my Just Joey rose.
I must look up a recipe for stuffed zucchini flowers.
Went through the pantry and had ingredients for peanut butter cookies. I have not made them for probably 20+ years. We are not big sweet biscuit eaters, they will go into the deep freeze. You never know when we may want a little something to have with a coffee.

A few drops of rain started, our cars are covered in dust, backed them down the driveway, hoping the rain would wash off the dust, as soon as we did, it stopped raining....
Patience has now paid off, it is raining very hard.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

No Shopping.....Yet

Halfway through our isolation, this time next week I will be writing a shopping list for “potential” items that I may be able to buy at the supermarket. Not that I am counting, but 10.30 am next Thursday morning we can “cross the property boundary “. 
I am trying to be inventive with what I have in my pantry/freezer to make it through one more week.

Dinner last night.
2 frozen sheets of puff pastry left in packet.
Placed in my blender, can of drained rinsed chick peas, grated zucchini, slice of bacon, chopped spring onion, garlic, parsley, sage, mini red capsicums and a large dollop of chilli sauce....blend together and I made 2 large “veggie sausage” rolls. Baked in oven.
Picked cherry tomatoes From the garden and together with some button mushrooms made a sauce. It was delicious, and enough for 2 meals.

Had one sachet of instant vegetable soup for 2 in pantry, mixed with a can of tomatoes and added grated vegetables from the garden. 2 bread rolls from the freezer.

My Zucchini and Walnut cake still tastes good substituted with sultanas and wholemeal SRflour.