Friday, February 29, 2008
Using a bit of velvet as a paint rag gave quite a nice glittery result too.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
We all had a lot of fun trying out different coloured glitter. It is made to a special formula and is quite amazing stuff. Costs a lot though, I couldn't afford to buy any, and however would you choose, from a dozen at least different hues, if you only bought one?
These 2 quilts ( 2' square and 2'x about 4') are what has been keeping me busy lately. I've made them for an exhibition being held at our church in March on the theme of third world problems, trade justice, helping etc. I haven't made 'message' quilts before, but got interested in the idea of hands, and all the prepositions that can be added to the word - hand over, hand out, hand back, hand round, a hand up, a hand with etc etc. So one uses an African fabric and stitched eyelets as found on Nigerian traditional robes, and the other recycles bits of indian fabric using a kantha-type running stitch.
Spectacular flowers. These are the first to flower of 9 bulbs lined up on the windowsill. Apple blossom, these are called. (I must say I don't remember buying more than one of these, and a third is opening! I don't understand it.)
Monday, February 04, 2008
Spring is coming too early, the pundits say, and insects and other small wild creatures are in danger from cold snaps yet to come. An amazing sight here is the mimosa tree in next door's garden, right by our fence. I've never seen one before, and have always associated mimosa with the mediterranean, and Australia. What is it doing flowering here in chilly England, in January?
Friday, February 01, 2008
the emerging brilliant yellow of gorse,and the rust of crushed bracken.