Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Grant is back in London and sent me a new link for pics of the Bridge to Bridge in San Francisco which I knew everyone would love to see. This is the winner
Here is the De Longhi team
Here they are in their glory - Grant Simon and Chris
DeLonghi pipped at the post
The Aussie DeLonghi
Leanne - I had to laugh at your suggestion of a plank. The skip is still outside and I looked out trying to imagine it. I think we would be rolling around laughing too much. Ian says why didn't you tell us that before we started loading!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Here is Ian working away
Out the back by the side of the studio - all clear but lost more dirt to move. A fence to paint and garden plans to develop. That's the mulberry tree just coming into green leaf time. In this area we are planning water and green things and waterlillies and other things like Irises and African Violets. Ian wants to know what the obsession with violet is.....
The spot for the garden shed. Even a thread stand....
And here is another shot of them sailing. A long way on from little mudlarks on the Swan River.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Delonghi tonking along.Grant, Simon and Chris - must be concentrating hardNot such a good moment in a race.
Some good shots - apparently it was 25knots yesterday and everyone had a capsize. Oh the fun of sailing.
What were the rest of us doing today? Well I spent a lot of time in the car - not something I like to do. I prefer my supplies to arrive by post or carrier and to be greeted by a friendly chappie at the door. However local suppliers means I have to go and get my stuff to make sure I get it when I want it. I reckon that I came across every red light in Perth today and had near encounters with a lot of very bad drivers who were desperate to crash into me. Very quiet relaxing at home tonight. BUT - we did finish the newsletter (first one for a long time) and sent it out.
Tomorrow - what lies ahead? A skip bin was delivered today so we will be cleaning up parts of the garden which have been waiting patiently.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The latest Cloth Paper Scissors arrived today and as usual it looks like a great read. Managed to get almost all of them away so if you have an order with us you should have it pretty soon. Back to normal after the disastrous delivery of QA 28. I haven't had much of a chance to read through but I see Jean Littlejohn has an article on altered sketch books. We will have a newsletter coming out in a day or so (I know I said this a while back but it didn't get completed so I have updated it and fired it back at Ian) and I am mentioning the QA Gift magazine which is not on subscription but one which you have to preorder. I have to send in my order by the end of August and I believe there will be no back issues - the magazine will be out at the beginning of November. I have something in it! The dreaded garland.
Back to the Book of Ink - Walnut Ink testing samples of strengths. I started with 1/2 tsp and increased.
I have also been further playing with my favourite sprays - I painted black acrylic paint onto the page and sprayed with Glitz Spritz - these don't have walnut ink in them and usually look quite insipid on white but on black - wow! I have a new Medieval mould in stock - a new Fleur De Lys - and I have paper cast into it and also painted it with black paint and sprayed with Glitz Spritz. I just love these sprays and the Moonshadow Inks.
I am also working on Module 3 of my Digitwise course so should have a rainbow to show soon. I try to do a little bit each night late.
Here is one another of the things I have been doing - making a little flower stitcher bag - it's not finished yet but the fabric is made on the embellisher and the little hanging flowers on Romeo. Not a good scan but when I have finished it all and added the lid and cord I will photograph it.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have mixed up various strengths of walnut ink for my Ink book - so I have a good record for reference. Plus a bit of rust play. But lazy day - and lots to do tomorrow. It might rain which will be good for working indoors. Next weekend we have hired a skip so we can get stuck into clearing the garden. We have sort of been waiting for the units next door to make further progress. Only now is the driveway almost finished - still looks like a lot of work inside. We have moved the wooden palings from the front garden.
Some close up photos of my flower stitch foot - really still learning how to take pics but you should be able to see how it is attached to the shank on the Bernina. I have had lots of emails this week asking about the foot - I don't know how it fits or not fits some machines, You need to find out if your machine takes a low shank and then try it. The lever sits on top of the needle clamp. Sometimes when they are new they are stiff and a good oiling will sort them out.
Here is a close up - this is stitching the 3 way zigzag and if you look closely you can see the lever which you can move into different positions for wider and narrower flowers.
Last night we had a bbq here for the gang (Kazuko, Bruce and Jonathon) before we went to the rugby. It was not very exciting but we came back and burnt off most of the loose twigs around the garden - eucalyptus leaves always smell good - we have a couple of lemon ones.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am also knitting an angle scarf in the evenings so while I haven't much to show as I am still sorting, counting, restocking tidying and managing to get the orders out (and Ian is busy busy too), I am still slowly working away.
And in case you have been worried that there hasn't been any rugby, there is a local 3rd division circuit on at our local park so that is tomorrow night's outing. Not long until the World Rugby Cup starts.....
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
These little samples are stitched on a Bernina 1230 - just working through the different zigzag stitches. I have used kunin felt because I can burn through with a soldering iron and thread cord through the holes. By moving the circle into different positions you can create different sized circles and have circles in circles with different zig zag patterns.
and some closeups to show different circles - some are stitched back onto the surface with beads. The background is Gossamer Fuse with a little foil - a sort of favourite of mine!
even more close up. This piece is stitched in another of the Opulent Collection - Carnivale
For some reason I have this enormous space I cannot get rid of (my skills are only partial...) but just knowcking off for the day and off to dinner with Martene and Luigi. I am doing one major task a day - yesterday was sorting, counting, and reordering silk tops (we have over 100 colours), today was the same with the woolr tops and tomorrow I shall be 'doing' the books. Beryl Taylor's book has come in and nearly all gone again, The Painted Cloth has come in again and Visual Language in and nearly all out. Interesting to see what people are looking for.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
This is the cover for Beryl's stitch sampler
Some pages from some of her books
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Here is Beryl - she doesn't know I have been taking her photo. It is good practice for me!
Below are some of Beryl's sample backgrounds. It is always great to be able to see work in the flesh - you can only look at a book but seeing it for real is so much better. This is the fleur-de-lys book which features in Mixed Media Exploration.