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The joy of a cardboard box

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#1yearofstitches

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Happy belated New Year to all! This is just a quick blog post to explain the change in my Instagram account this year. I’ve decided to have a change from a 365 photography project (although obviously I will still be taking photos every day!) and do a sewing one instead. I discovered #1yearofstitches Here on brwnpaperbag – it’s a lovely project with all sorts of links to interact with others. There are no real rules, just add a stitch or more to your project everyday and take a photo. My sewing has no plan and will just hopefully evolve. I’ll upload a daily photo to Instagram so I can see it grow. If you are at all creative this is a great project x

If you are interested in sewing you might want to look at a site I host jointly with a friend

Not the norm textiles

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Printing photographs onto fabric

I had a real eureka moment today when I realised how easy it is to print onto fabric! I’ve used transfer paper but never been happy with the results. Today I used inkjet fabric sheets – £8.95 for 10 A4 sheets and the result is amazing! (The only downside is that they did take quite a while to be delivered)  You can type quotes basically anything you can do on your computer you can print! I used photoshop and tried lots of images on A4 and am so impressed. You just peel of the backing paper and are left with a gorgeous fabric version of your image. I’m dabbling with sewing at the minute and making cards etc. I’m going to have a go at embellishing some of these images later – the flower fields look like they might work.

I’ve also been trying out some more machine embroidery and negative space embroidery – just experimenting! No pattern just making it up x

 

Textile brooches – learning new skills

hapa zome textiles

If you want to learn something new – you will! Sounds simple but if something really hooks you then you will work at it despite your mishaps and failures. My friend Juliet  (@creativestar) has a lot to answer for when she introduced me to ‘Hapa Zome’ see her amazing blog here. I now find myself experimenting with materials, techniques and designs. I have a huge collection on my Pinterest Board and find myself researching and reading to find out more.

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These were yesterday’s attempts – not sure how to finish them off though – cards, keyrings..? any advice welcome!

As you can see from my header photo I now have a ‘Button box’ – I am turning into my mother – bless her x

A strange time of year

The run up to Christmas is always busy but this year everything feels very strange. It’s sad that mum isn’t here and dad is struggling. Its wonderful that Layla-Jane grows a little every day and that Tommy is just so amazing.PicMonkey Collage

Its very much sadness and joy all mixed in.

Fundraising from the Dearne, trying to publicise our den book (On Amazon here )have been highlights but I must say thank you to my amazing friend Sharon @elaronndy for her funny account of den building for adults – please take 5 minutes to read it will make you smile. http://sharonabbott155.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/den-building-for-grown-ups.html

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I’ve worked hard on my sewing and gone from completely awful to maybe I could give this to a good friend as a present as they will understand and love me anyway! But I will keep working at it.

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The Christmas tree is up! Thanks to Zoe Whitaker! This is as festive as it gets as Tony is definitely from the ‘Bah humbug’ school of Christmas.

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I hope you all have a good week running up to the holidays, remember your loved ones and those who maybe need a bit of a hug J x

Celebrating den building

For the past two years Cathy (@cathy_cross) and I have met regularly in Manchester (sort of half way between Barnsley and Liverpool). We have a favourite cafe and we have spent hours there just throwing around ideas and drinking huge cups of coffee.

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We promised ourselves that when the book was completed we would celebrate here- with cake. I think you will agree that this is CAKE! Cathy had to take some home.

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I had toast! – Well it sounds good until you actually look at the photo.

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We wandered around with our book, took photos, met new friends who were painting amazing street art (@aylo_nomad ) on bollards – celebrating amazing women in history – check out the @16daysStreetArt project.

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The book is now available on Amazon HERE. It would make a brilliant Christmas present (shameless plug) – it’s amazing how animated adults become when they start to talk about the dens they made as a child – go for it – order the book and get those cardboard boxes and blankets out x

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Den Building

 

Teach yourself a new skill – the next steps

I’m currently working on photographs for a new book for Juliet Robertson @Creativestar (Juliet’s blog is here.)

She introduced me to the idea of Hapa Zome and I have  written about  this in an earlier blog post here. However, having spent weeks working on different materials, different plants and leaves – even different hammers! I found myself with a pile of dyed fabric and not a lot of idea what to do with it! So I decided to teach myself free hand machine embroidery. Several hours on Pinterest, loads of you tube videos, numerous mistakes and I have finally managed to create a series of (very) abstract cards. I’m very much still learning but am loving experimenting!

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If you look at the header you can see that I have used Photoshop to turn some of my images into templates and am working on these at the minute x