Wednesday, 5 December 2018

at last, after four years........

As some of you may remember back in 2015 I started a big project, it had actually been the Christmas 2014 when I started the first square.  Well Christmas(ish) 2018 I have finished it!
The whole thing is handsewn, 
 had tried years ago to do some patchwork by machine, 
but I didnt feel I had enough control.
I am so pleased with the finished quilt, I love the colours and the look.
With hindsight it maybe be it was too big a project for a beginner, but I stuck with it.
The only problem is I feel with such a busy bedspread we should have plain curtain at the windows.  But that will be have to be a job for another time.

Monday, 26 November 2018

so much love in those sawdust hearts

You may remember that back in July I submitted a sawdust heart to WW1 heart project , well last Monday we were up in Yorkshire visiting Ollie, and we were able to go over to Scarborough to see the exhibition. It is on till the end of November and if you are in the area I definitely recommend it. My husband came to support me in a project I had been involved with and he really was moved and very impressed. This is the Link.  The heart above is one of the originals from the Great War and this was the one that inspired Helen Birmingham to start this project.
She made 1,568 sawdust hearts - one for each day of WW1.
Nearly all were returned by crafters all over the British Isles, 
and they were displayed in groups of 25.
What was amazing was how different they all were, as well as how moving they were.
From the traditional.... impressive embroidered boats
patriotism from north of the boarder
raw resent memories
simple images from children
complex works of beading
my favourite!
family tragedy
stunning embroidery and design
one to attempt to read later...
and Chris found mine first, I walked past it excuse...a bit embarrassing

Very proud to be the most southerly pin on this map of British crafters!

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Least we forget

This weekend it seems very apt to share this.
In the Town Church we have this wooden cross,
 it is one of the original wooden crosses from World War 1.  
Later they were replaced with the headstones we are all so familiar with.  

This cross belonged to Eric D'Auverge Collings, 
he gave his life for his country at the age of 19 on 23rd August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

I wear my poppy with thanks for that great sacrifice

Sunday, 28 October 2018

dreaming lampwork

Last year when I started making these fabric necklaces, 
it was because I had always loved lampwork beads 
so I was trying to do my version in fabric, but I still lusted over those beautiful glass beads.
So when Iris and Dora announced that a lampwork tutor was coming over 
 and was going to do courses, I was beyond excited!

Well it was last Saturday afternoon, and it lived up to everything I had hoped.
There were 6 of us, each with our own station and a very powerful gas flame, first we selected our colours from the rainbow for glass rods. Unsurprisingly I went for blues.......
The actual technique was pretty simple, but just like machine embroidery it is practice and control, control and practice, but I was hooked.  Our tutor was very patient and by the end of two and a half hours we had all produced about 12 beads, 
sadly my favorite one, that looked like a sputnik - all spiky, cracked.  
But all the others came off the rods easily. Really pleased.
Can wait to have ago at wrapping, winding and spodging molten glass again!
Loved it so much I actually drempt about it that night......

Friday, 12 October 2018

A towering library in my life

The Guille Alles Library has always been a big part of my Guernsey life. 
My mother was one of the group of ladies who launched 'Bookwormobile' a mobile children's library which later (poss 1981?) was absorbed into the Guille-Alle. Then later after she passed away, a video library was opened in her memory, and I remember standing in the Hayward Room for the opening, wearing a very large silver lamee scarf!  Well I was young.....

But I didnt really understand its history to well,
 and when the chance came up to join a 'behind the scenes' tour, I jumped at the chance. 
 We were led round the building by this fantastic gentleman, 
think he was called Mr Pitt, one of the early library directors from the 1880s.  
But the main reason I want to do this was to get up into the tower! 
 It's designed as a widow's walk
we couldn't get out side but the views from the porthole window was fantastic.
A very different view out over the roof tops of St Peter Port
and the roof top of Specsavers, some one has a brilliant terrace, but they really need to tidy it up!
Herm and Jethou behind the church
The copper tobacco leaves on top of the old Market Building 
The market, then the church and then the castle
This brilliant room is now 'The story tower' for children's story time, 
I am very very jealous of those lucky children!