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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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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 day for me

Following on from yesterday’s post about recharging batteries, I’ve had a day for me today. Tony is off  working as a  Ranger and walking the hills so I decided it was time to do lots of jobs that I have been thinking about. My printer has been playing up big style and had reached the point where it was wasting so much paper I knew I had to get a new one. I’ve always had HP printers and the last one was an A3 printer. I’ve decided it’s not cost effective to print A3 at home so now order these on line. I spent some time with the rep at PC world – he was an Epson rep and obviously had a job to do but what he explained made sense. I spend a fortune on printer ink – I think a huge chunk of my tax return last year said printer ink! My new printer was pricey but has an eco tank and the ink comes in bottles. The ink is cheaper and claims to last for more pages – I will let you know! The quality is impressive – I was concerned as I frame a lot of prints but so far it’s looking good. I can even print wireless from my phone – so that’s hundreds more photos of Tommy for the fridge then.

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I’ve also been playing with ‘Hapa Zome’ and printing flowers! This is addictive so be warned! I wanted to use these images with textiles and mixed media so bought a sewing machine yesterday – it’s ages since I had one and I’ve only had a quick play . I’m hoping to make cards and gift tags to begin with.

JMH_9993      Playing with different flowers and materials produces different effects

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I’ve set up pinterest boards for textiles art and Hapa zome – Inspiration from nature.

Pinterest textiles art

Pinterest – hapa zome – painting with flowers

I’m now off for a coffee and a look through my button and bead box to see what I can add to these (admittedly amateur) first attempts x