Little things

…Can be beautiful, it does not always have to be big and take hours too make, simple projects can be relaxing and satisfying. Here is one I’ve been carrying around with me, stitching in quiet moments, having a coffee, five minutes sit down, waiting at mums hospital appointments!I finally finished my little Imbolc project, hand dyed Aida and tiny stitches.

I always find that although I love cross stitch, the repetitive nature and structure bores me, lol, each time I get the cross stitch bug, I am sewing away and I think oh I wish I was sewing something else!

I have found that I am more freestyle so I have decided to concentrate on “evolving embroidery” such as the lovely work that was created last week at the workshop, it’s more exciting to watch a piece developing, it can be something simple like an Embroidered Letter, on it’s own, on a piece of Linen, beautiful but why stop there… sew it into a word, add a bee 🐝 then a flower or two, oh maybe a little ladybird and so it grows that’s why I call it “evolving embroidery” no structure or rules.

Carry your work with you in a little bag, a square of linen in a make up case is perfect…be inspired by what’s around you, sketch it on your linen or cotton and mindfully sew when you have a quiet 10 minutes. I will post updates on my “mobile stitchery” join me and post photos of your progress let’s see what we can make as the wheel of the year turns.

NB: no such thing as can’t draw.. everyone can even a daisy is good starting point… grow it into a chain, even stick people look fabulous when sewn.

Here is inspiration from last weeks fabulous meet up.

Imbolc

What a beautiful sun shining cold weekend, absolutely perfect start to the Eve of Spring, the light is getting longer and stronger, lambs are being born, naturalised plants will be budding and soon in flower, daffodils, crocus tulips are on their way…. nature is in rebirth mode and goodness we are so ready.

Midwinter celebration was just lovely, had super feedback about my Poppets and actually sold a couple of “Me Felties” yay a sale

My little workshop was buzzing and everyone was so relaxed and chatting, just what I wanted to happen.

Many thanks to my host and friend Jacki Ward, my friend Liz and to my lovely family, old friends and new friends helped make a joyful day…here are some more photos

…and here are some of the beautiful textile squares made by my lovely new friends

I also asked everyone to sign my slow stitch textile panel now with a reminder of a lovely day…I will show “pictures of progress” over the year. Watch this space new work on its way.

NB as always I give a big up to Chalk and Linen in Coleshill because it is truly magical find them on Facebook and if you can visit, you will always be welcome.

That’s it….

I finally sat down with a cup of tea, my little Poppets packed and ready for our crafting adventure tomorrow Imbolc 2nd February with our host Jacki at Chalk and Linen in the High Street in Coleshill, Warwickshire …. and guess what, the snow has held off, yippee, after a week of will it won’t it and Arctic blasts,, we shall take our little trip over to one of the loveliest welcoming shops I know…..hoping for a day of smiles and laughter, coffee, cake and crafting and of course my PaganPoppets will be there for you to see and feel, yes you will be able to touch them πŸ€—.

If you can stay for an hour or two, join us stencilling using Annie Sloan paint on linen, add some decoration, embroidery and beads, experiment and have some fun cause Spring is on its way, yay, it is it really is, I’ve seen snowdrops and catkins and after a long miserable January, let’s blow the cobwebs away, really looking forward to seeing you all 😍