Monday, 20 April 2015

mosaic monday

a misty one to start off the week ...
I often wonder what we would do if we didn't have the weather to discuss
thankfully, those easterly winds have died down now and yesterday was quite pleasant but chilly

I hope you all had a good weekend

mine was a quiet one ... sewing curtains for my bedroom
and organising my various projects and the ever growing pile of samples for sketchbooks
I hope to find time this week to have a "sticking in" session
I hope you will pop by my blog tomorrow ...
I will have some very inspiring Cornish designs to share with you from the
collaboration between Falmouth University Textile Design students and Liberty Interiors
I will be updating the ST. IVES TEXTILES website a bit later on today and
I will have new seaside hearts which I will share on my FACEBOOK page this afternoon
have a good week ahead and many thanks always for visiting ♥

Saturday, 18 April 2015

wild easterly winds

it's wild in Mousehole today
with 40 mph easterly winds battering the front of the house
I love how changeable it all is ... so unpredictable ... so beautiful
have a good weekend everyone ♥

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

summer on a spring day

I had a wonderful day in St. Ives on Monday

the day started out very misty in St. Ives but by lunchtime it had cleared and
after our session at St. Ives Textiles a few of us went for lunch at Porthmeor Café

I discovered these lovely seedheads outside Tate St. Ives
 I had to grab my camera ...

we had a very good session at St. Ives Textiles ... playing with markal oil paint sticks
I mainly used the metallic and iridescent oil sticks with stencils on paper
and rubbings on thin cotton fabric
this is a stencilling on paper using a limited palette of black silver and copper
and this is a relief print from a rubbing on paper
a more colourful rubbing on paper which I will work into with watercolour later
and a bluebell pattern rubbing on cotton fabric
once the oil has dried out sufficiently and the fabric has been heat pressed
I plan to over dye the cotton and hand stitch into it
these are all samples for my current sketchbook
I will be sharing the group's session with markal oil sticks on the website next week
I've already posted "seeds and pods" to the site this week (an earlier session)
you can click on the link below if you would like to follow along ...
in my garden ...
my bluebells are not quite flowering yet ... but it won't be long!
meanwhile ... I am enjoying a blue haze of grape hyacinths and forget me knots
for quite a while I sat on the steps in the sunshine
watching a pale blue butterfly flit in the dappled light
(I wasn't quick enough to capture it)
I sat there doing nothing ... just closed my eyes for a few moments
and all I could hear was birdsong and the cry of the gulls down in the harbour
it was utter bliss!!
forget me knots with their sunshiney middles
are such friendly little chaps nodding in the breeze
they like to muck in and mingle with other beauties
and I think they are "up there" amongst my most favourite flowers
once the Cornish mist lifted it was like summer on a spring day
and you can quite see why I've been distracted by the garden this past week!
before coming in to sew ... I pressed a garden full of wild flowers
in my big flower presses and between the pages of a big book
they will make me smile when I rediscover them again in winter time

Monday, 13 April 2015

until the sun disappears behind the trees

I've not had all that much time to be online the past week ...
long, long days gardening until the sun starts to disappear behind the trees
I've lost track of time ... hope to catch up this week but it's looking busy ...
today ... work with markal oil sticks at St. Ives Textiles
Tuesday and Wednesday ... work for Coast
Thursday ... a textile art crow day with friend Jo
will take photos as I go ...
have a good week ahead ♥

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

late afternoon ... in from the garden and shadows on my desk

we've had the most beautiful weather here in Cornwall the last couple of days
I've spent all day long in the garden both days

I brought these seed heads in from the garden
to photograph and work with ...

the late afternoon sunlight cast interesting shadows amongst the work in progress
on my desk ... little collaged textile pieces for cards and some mini landscapes ...

has it been lovely where you are?

colour found on the beach

I enjoy finding inspiration from my surroundings
whether it's colour, texture, subject matter
the seasons, even the time of day, the light and conditions etc.
but most especially ... in nature, rock pools, seascapes and landscapes
today I thought I'd share some soft pinks found down on the beach recently
I hope you enjoy this little mid week gallery of photos ...

soft blushing coral pinks
reds ... pinks found on the beach
dark reds
red seaweed detail
beautiful red brown seaweed
underwater ... lichen on rocks, shells, anemones and pink seaweeds in a rock pool
I'm finding these soft blush tones particularly beautiful and inspiring ♥

Monday, 6 April 2015

a spring moment

sewing a miniature landscape
and watching a blackbird through the window
very busy amongst the primroses

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

imagine some more ...

imagine YOUR possibilities!

I hope you may have enjoyed the mosaics and quotes I've been sharing
to see out March and winter time
(many thanks for all your comments and emails)
I'll be back quite soon sharing some of the things I've been working on recently
in my little world, on my desk, in sketchbooks and for exhibition
hope the rest of the week is wonderful for you!