Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Reasons to be cheerful

London sunsets.

First loganberries in a favourite bowl.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Accentuating the positive

The week started well, with a visit to "Showstoppers the Musical" on Sunday, but then went downhill with car and work issues, followed by a day in the Morley study full of my own errors trying to do some devoré. All good learning, but I've had to sing a lot of " Accentuate the positive" to keep going.

So a return to some charity sewing,for boys this time, using patterns adapted from hereP1080743

Something positive, and two more pairs cut out.

Saturday, 16 June 2012


There are some dresses that always stick in the mind, bringing back vivid memories and strong emotions. Not always those associated with set-piece events such as weddings, but those worn on more everyday occasions. For me these are: a grey and white check, round necked,long sleeved with a red velvet ribbon trim when I was 5; a dirndl skirted cotton number with a large collar, a hand me down from friends of a family friend with America relatives when I was 8; a hand-made, cream, flouncy number for a school dance in my teens; a hand-made, couture effort, Jasper Conran look-a-like in fuchsia pink, lots of darts, large shoulders and brass buttons in my 30s.

Perhaps these memories are why I was stirred to action by this charity sewing project " Dress a Girl Around the World". I avoid many charity sewing projects as they are too dominated by individuals with strong religious views. ( It is perfectly possible to be charitable without this having any religious or dubious spiritual trappings). The UK project is organised by Louise from Sew Scrumptious. I was due to be at a trapunto workshop today, but as it was cancelled due to the tutor being ill, so I got down to finishing these, started at the Bank Holiday weekend.


Very therapeutic, and used up fabric I have had forever. It was lovely adding pockets and trim - as a mother of boys, this has been lacking in my clothes' sewing life. These will be in their way to Louise on Monday.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

But is it art?


The boy stands enveloped within the shirt of his father. His and his brother's shirts contained within the billowing boundaries of a shirt of the father and the mother at each end. The plaything discarded on the floor, next to the blanket of warmth, the boy stares away. Enclosed at the boundary of the inner and the outer, this piece symbolises the protection of the family while the young journey from the security of the home, through the vicissitudes of the educational system to the green world that beckons beyond the glass.

Well no………….it is a really wet day and I need to get these shirts dry somehow.

Some contemporary art this week at Ham House has left me interested and baffled in equal measure, and inspires the pretentious piffle at the beginning of this post. Worth a visit, as the house is incredible and the gardens are great to escape into.

and these pieces were interesting to me, the first by Ruth Proctor

the second by Graeme Miller, called Yewtube ( I always like a good pun) - look very closely in the middle of the lens

And then to the lovely Modus embroidery exhibition in Richmond until 16th June. Very small, but some exquisite pieces and worth the trip.

Brenda Fielder

Astonishing layers of blanket stitch didn't get the artist's name.

A very good aspect of this exhibition is the education / information boards in the first room that set the context of the stitching for visitors who don't have any knowledge of embroidery, this history, threads or modern techniques. There are some historical exhibits from the collection of the Embroiderers' Guild, including a very moving and beautifully stitched sampler book from the Second World War, made by Mrs St Osyth Wood.