May Moments…

rhododendronspiderAloha!  Well it’s been quite a month for me, and if you’re thinking that not a lot of either crafting or blogging has gone on, then you’d be right!  Many things have taken me away from the sewing room and the computer this month…

…camping in the Black Mountains during our ‘heatwave’ week…blackmountaincamping

…walking up my beloved Mynydd Llangors, my most ambitious walk since I became ill with ME…mynyddllangorsview

…acres of bluebells!  My very favourite wildflowers, mmm, INHALE DEEPLY…bluebellfest

…a fabulous exhibition of quilts, textiles, crafts and paintings at the Minerva Centre, including this beauty by Angela Morris, whom I was lucky enough to meet on our visit…angelamorrisquilt

…a slap-up lunch for my BIRTHDAY at the Great Oak Café, when it was (just about) sunny enough to sit outside in the courtyard…greatoakcourtyard…sadly, leaving my job of 3½ years; saying farewell to the loveliest bunch of colleagues ever, and being overwhelmed with flowers, cards, gifts, and hugs (sniff!)…

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…and stunning rhododendron flowers on the shrub opposite my flat, casting a magical purple glow across the walkway and into my sewing room window…walkwayrhods

Yes, that was MAY! So here we go with June, still working away at that bag lining tutorial and all sorts of other projects tumbling around, as always…

Here’s to a sunny solstice month xxx

 

Aloha from the balcony

Well hello out there in Blogland!  I’ve been on a bit of a blog sabbatical for the last few weeks, as ‘Life Events’ and a trip to visit my folks took over for a while.

windowboxBut don’t think I’ve been creatively idle!  The sun has been shining, and I’ve been getting my balcony ‘garden’ set for summer.  Out with the dead daffs (except for the bunch in the window box!) and wilted wallflowers, in with geraniums, calendulas and petunias.  I love these easy-going, brightly-flowered plants that just keep on going all summer long.  In fact one of my calendulas from last year survived the winter and is just about to flower again, what a Star of a plant!

MrsPotterAlso found time to make this dinky version of the Cute Crochet owls.  I put a little scented bag inside and it’s now hanging from the rear-view mirror in my car, making me smile every day!

And finally, here’s a sneak preview of my Attic 24 Bag, mentioned in the last post: finishedbag1

I am SO pleased with this!  I made it up using leftover Stylecraft & other bits of acrylic DK and it came out a bit stretchy, so I made a lining for it using a pre-loved old pillowcase.  I’m busy putting together a tutorial to show you how to make a lining.  (Hopefully it won’t take me a month to put it up this time!)

Meanwhile, I’m itching to get busy with Lucy’s Yarndale Mandala wheels – can’t wait to have a go at these!  Anyone else out there succumbing to Mandala Madness??Attic24mandala

  Have a lovely stitchin’, hookin’, colourful weekend!

 

 

World Textile Day Wales report

Last Saturday, World Textile day came to the Minerva Arts Centre in sunny Llanidloes, close enough for me and some of my friends to make a day trip of it.african fabricsAfter an initial browse around the stalls of gorgeous fabrics, textiles, yarns, beads and all kinds of loveliness, we settled down to a talk and slide show by John Gillow.  John has put together an amazing collection of textiles from his travels around the Islamic world, and was full of tales about where these came from and the people who made and wore them.  Sadly, the light in the room meant the details on the slides of the fabulous embroidery and weaving were a bit hard to see, but there was still plenty to enjoy.

Best of all, John had brought a selection of things along with him that we could pick up and touch!  I’d never heard of ‘sprang’ before, a precursor to knitting, but I’m quite smitten with the feel and texture of it!   There was also an exhibition of various textiles from around the world on display, again the light in this room was very bright so my pictures didn’t come out so well.  This bedsheet-sized embroidered piece was actually done in very bright, jewel-like colours.embroideryBack in the trade area, I had a hard time resisting adding yet more quilting fabric to my stash when I saw these Japanese kimono fabrics japanesequilt

and these African wax prints.Africanquilt

But it wasn’t just the fabric junkies who were in danger, witness my friend Spike falling for these hand-woven African baskets!spikesbaskets

I spotted some beautiful carved Indian printing blocks at the Textile Traders stand: I’ve been wanting to have a go at block printing for ages, so I came away with this little one to start me off, plus a pair of dinky Indian bells for something on my 2014 sewing projects list.  I think this was my favourite stand at the whole show actually, so we may have to organise a little trip to their shop in Bishop’s Castle soon!bells&blockI wasn’t able to stay for the second talk later on, but it was a lovely day, full of wonderful colours, textures, and truly inspirational work.  I think we all came away happy!3amigos