Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tag Tuesday-Away With the Fairies


On Tag Tuesday this week, the theme is
Away with the Fairies
Here is my Fairy tag.
I used an image from 
The Graphics Fairy of a beautiful
fairy with butterfly wings.
I placed her on a background of flowers,
and also some grass with flowers, and trimmed
the edges with lace.
I photographed the tag outside in the garden.

Pattern and Colour Inspiration from Library Books

Over the past couple of weeks I have enjoyed looking
at these library books. 


Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw, has some
delightful stitching projects. As the front
cover says " over 20 handmade  fabric and
embroidery projects" I like the heart motif
used to demonstrate different stitched, and the
simple designs such as the houses on the cover.


The Hand Printed Home by Jenny McCabe
promises "35 stylish projects using stencils, 
 lino cuts and more".  There are lots of ideas
for practical projects, which I liked.


Screen Printing at Home by Karen Lewis is
similar in style to The Hand Printed Home, with 
lots of inspiring projects to "Print your own
fabric to make simple sewn projects".
I was the first person to take this book out of
the library, which is always a good feeling!


Colour on Cloth by Ruth Issett, a book to teach
you to "Create Stunning Effects with Dye on Fabric"
is an old favourite of mine, which I borrow
from time to time. What I really like about it 
is the colour combinations, and it is a good
book to browse.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sneak Preview for Caversham Arts Trail

I am working on some stitched pieces for The Caversham Arts Trail
in May. Here is a sneak preview!







Monday, 13 April 2015

The Vyne

At the weekend we visited The Vyne, a National Trust Property.
There is a fine Tudor house, beautiful gardens with a lake and woods.
Tudor House

Guarding the entrance

The 1632 summer house

The roof of the summerhouse

The edge of the walled garden

Entrance to the walled garden

Hundred Guinea Oak

Friday, 10 April 2015

Wild Flowers

The weather has been amazing this week, with glorious sunshine.
I have been out and about with my camera. Walking along
the River Thames at Shiplake, I found some wild flowers
to photograph.

A violet

Violets

White violets

Celandine

Dappled sunlight

I am not sure what this is

River Thames

Ivy covered tree trunk

Blossom

Old Man's Beard



Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dinton Pastures

Dinton Pastures, a country park near us, was the perfect
place for a walk over the Easter weekend.
There were a lot of water birds on the lakes, and  
green shoots are appearing everywhere. The  weeping willow
trees look particularly attractive with their green
hanging curtains.

Close up of weeping willow

Willow tree

Black Swan Lake

Kingfisher sculpture

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tag Tuesday-Easter Bonnet

 Easter Bonnet-What a lovely title for this week's tags on Tag Tuesday!
I hope you all have a Happy Easter and enjoy some
sunshine.
For my Easter Bonnet tag I used an image from The Graphics Fairy,
showing  a cat couple in their finest clothes. I feel sure that Mrs.
Cat is dressed in her Easter bonnet ready to go for a walk with her
consort!
I used some hand printed papers for the background, mounted onto
some hand made "fabric", made by collaging fabric and papers together.
I made a fabric border and added a cockerel stamp and a ceramic flower
button.
Last week Pat Brennan and I did a stash swap of our mixed media bits and
pieces. It is great to have some new materials to play with, and I am sure you
will spot some of your things in my tags, Pat!