Saturday, 16 October 2010

Out and About

I visited Cambridge Quilters on Wednesday evening to give a talk and demonstration on Metal Embossing. It seemed to go down quite well, and several people said they'd soon be visiting Barleylands as they have nowhere to buy goodies in Cambridge! If any of you read this, thank you all for your warm welcome.

Today I'm doing another talk; this time a little closer to home at Basildon Embroiderers' Guild. I was originally asked to talk about City & Guilds to try and encourage members to give it a go, but as most of the funding has now been cut and courses are very thin on the ground, they have asked me to talk about my City & Guilds journey. It's the first time I've given a talk just about me, without having a demonstration to hide behind, so I'm a bit nervous! Hope they don't get bored!!

If you, or a group to which you belong, would like me to come along and give a talk and/or demonstration, just let me know.

This evening is my daughter's engagement party, but I won't be able to get too sozzled at I'm off to Rye in the morning to meet up with some Dunnett friends.


Monday, 11 October 2010


Right, here is my 3D City and Guilds vessel as promised. It is made with Pelmet Vilene Plus sprayed with Coloursprays with gilding flakes and Angelina ironed on. The relief is made with layers of Lutradur 30, Lutradur Crash and organza sandwiched with Mistyfuse, free machine stitched and then zapped with a heat gun. the design was cut out with a soldering iron, adhered with more Mistyfuse and then I couched piping cord around the edges. I've wired it together with gold-plated wire.

I was hoping to be able to light it up to show the translucence of the Vilene, but that is proving problematic. As the opening is only 1½ inches wide, Ray is having difficulty making a battery powered light small enough to fit in! Might have to abandon that idea.

This was version three of the vessel - the others didn't go as I wanted, and it wasn't until I went on the Lynda Monk workshop that I realised what I had to do to make it work. This is version two:

So, now just the notes to write up and then on to my metre piece; it's half-way there, just have to do a little more to it before it's ready to be unveiled!

Had a great time at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally. Met loads of people I know, including Sharne and Nickie as soon as I walked through the door! Met up with them again at lunch with Sue to compare notes and show our purchases. I didn't get much - a few nice things from Craftynotions which I'm hoping to get in soon, but more of that later.....