Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Tag Tuesday-Down on the Farm

This week the theme on Tag Tuesday is 
Down on the Farm.

For my Down on the Farm tag I have
used some feedsack patterned fabric for 
background, in keeping with the Farm theme.
I am interested in how the feedsacks, made from linen
or heavy canvas were used from the mid 19th
century in the US
as an essential item to store animal feed, but
at the same time were a decorative item, enabling
farm wives to stitch clothing from them and to 
reuse them as patchwork items.
I found a post about the history of feedsacks here.
I placed some animal fabric prints on the background. 
When I had the idea for the tag, I thought I had some
farm animal printed fabric, such as cows, sheep, pigs,
 but it turns out that on my farm I have rabbits, birds ,
cats and ducks!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tag Tuesday-Symmetry

I have been too busy with the Caversham Arts Trail
to play Tag Tuesday for a few weeks, but I am back 
with a new tag today!

Here is my Symmetry tag!

I used an Indian wood block which I have been
using  for printing on fabric in my stitched
textiles work. I love the shape of the block, and
the fact that it is hand carved means it
feels good to hold and work with.
I printed the block onto painted paper and added it to
a printed tissue paper pattern mounted on card. For the borders
I used some of my new washi tape collection  ( 8 new designs
in a box from Paperchase, watch this space, I will most definitely 
be using them all!) I topped it off with some gold braid to give
a wow factor.

Tidy Studio

I have been really busy with the Caversham Arts Trail over the
 past few weeks. It was a very enjoyable experience. Now it
is over it is time to get my studio in order, to reflect and plan,
and to consider new ideas and projects.

Clear space on my worktable

New planning notebook

Ready to start work on my cutting board

Monday, 18 May 2015

Jane and Annette at The Caversham Arts Trail

Here are some photos from the weekend of the Caversham Arts Trail 
where I showed some of my work with
 Annette Massey. Here we are pictured outside our venue.

Posing in front of my work
Annette posing in front of her work

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Lilac Blossom

 Our lilac is in full bloom and smells so sweet.
I brought some in to perfume the house and 
to bring cheer.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Caversham Arts Trail Exhibition

I am showing my stitched textiles work at the moment on the
Caversham Arts Trail. I am exhibiting with Annette Massey, who 
is showing her dramatic seascapes based on the West Coast of
Here are some photos of our venue from
the weekend. There was cake too! It was lovely to
meet our visitors and talk about art and textiles. The Arts
Trail will be open again on Friday 15th May, ,Saturday
16th May and Sunday 17th May from 11am to 5pm. Check
the link for details of the venue.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Caversham Arts Trail-Indian Inspiration Stitched Textile Pieces

I will be showing my work at the Caversham Arts Trail for the 
first time this year. The Arts Trail will be on the next
two weekends in May, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th
May and on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. See
the link here for details.
The pieces I am exhibiting are a series of Stitched Textile pieces,
called Indian Inspiration.

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Beech Wood

Everything is looking so green and fresh in the countryside
at the moment. I went for a walk in the beech wood with 
my camera. I found some early bluebells, only a few of
them, little flecks of blue, not the deep intense blue
of the woods carpeted with bluebells. I found primroses