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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A rose by any other name.

This week, in the gallery,  I have been preparing for
 Yorkshire Day, on Thursday 1st August.
Decided I would make a Yorkshire Rose and thought it
would look best in crochet (see below)

I was pleased with the result but then there was the problem 
of how to display it. 

Mounted it onto a piece of vintage fabric and embroidered 
'A Yorkshire Rose' in chain stitch.  Especially pleased with
the hanger.  I made a rouleau in matching fabric with a
pale blue vintage lace edge and secured it with 1930's
buttons.  Never tried that before but very satisfied with
the result.

I felt the piece was too floppy so finished it off by backing it 
with white felt and slightly stuffing it.
Et voila .... A Yorkshire Rose is born!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Of Wool and things......Crazy Zauberball

Been having a love affair for some time now, 
with a cheeky little wool number, Crazy Zauberball.  
It is sock or 4ply wool and comes in amazing tweedy colours.
Perfect for my fingerless mittens.

Just finished this pair and am particularly pleased with the Dorset button. 
 I recently visited the new branch of baa ram ewe in Harrogate 
and was seduced by this colorway,'my sweet side' 
and I haven't been disappointed.  It knits up beautifully and 
there is a lot of yardage for your money (420m in 100g).  
Fell in lovewith the store too, will definately be back.
Loved the wool so much I've just purchased
 a ball of, 'tropical fish' shade.

Can't wait to get started.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer and Strawberrys.

It's been another busy week.  The weather has been glorious.

I picked these flowers from the lane outside our cottage.
They are gracing the gallery and bringing a touch of summer. 
I especially love the bindweed and the way it frames the 
rest of the bouquet.

Tuesday found us at the National Railway Museum in York,
viewing the six Pacific Class Steam Engines, including, Mallard. 
 Ah! the nostalgia, ah! that distinctive smell of burnt cinders.
Bit crowded though but worth it. They have come from all corners 
of the world and may never be exhibited together again.

The rest of the week has been taken up with making strawberry
bunting, seen here with a vintage tin that I got for next to
nothing from our local charity shop.  The bunting was for the
gallery to promote Pateley Bridge Strawberry Festival, held this weekend
I knitted them from oddments of wool and crocheted the stalks, then
linked them together with a crochet chain. 
Very pleased with the result and cost very little apart from time.

It was a great weekend.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

One thing leads to another !

 I was sorting through my felt to put in my flower press
 for the collograph printing process (subject of my last blog).
I found some in a grey colour, which in my mind I would never
need, as I am a bright colour girl .......... and of course I immediately
had an idea for a piece of work.
'Aint life strange' !

Using silk, thread, scrim, buttons, doilly's, beads and cocoons,
I embellished, beaded and hand stitched.
Et voil`a..... a 'Lichen' was born.
Just needs mounting and framing but not sure how as yet.