How are you all doing. I know my American friends are busy either getting ready to vote or still dealing with aftermath of Sandy so I wish you all well and hope things settle down soon. Thankfully living in Ireland we hear less about the USA election what I did when in the UK where it was on more than the UK elections but I do stay abreast of the news. I know who I want to get in but the last time I mentioned the election to a good American friend, with a few of my opinions, he emailed me the entire American constitution with the American anthem over it and a virus so I had to watch the whole thing through from first page to the gazzilionth before I could have my internet back to myself. He is still a friend (just teehee) and I learned to keep my mouth shut regarding my opinions about American Presidents!
Let's just say may the best man win!
On Saturday I went to my first ever stitching show at the RDS in Dublin. Wow. I am hooked.
It was inspirational.
Firstly I had a look around the stalls. Some of the stalls had seriously over inflated their prices compared to their websites even allowing for our daft 23% VAT and the exchange rate. Some however, in particular Trudy Ann's, were fine and dandy and I got to look at real life material, wool, fabric and a very small amount of cross stitch stash. Trudy's was really the only stall with charts and even with just one stall, I kindda froze with all the choice I had. Real life charts I could see, and even feel. OMgoodness: what should I do? Look through this pile first or that pile or just panic at the thought of missing some?????
Honestly, you guys with LNS.....you have no idea how lucky you are!
I had already bought my fabric and wool for my 2013 goals so I wasn't under any pressure to buy (just as well at those prices; something is very wrong with the world when it is cheaper to buy something from hundreds of miles away even with postage, than it is your own country!!!) and I was good and took a shopping list.
And a budget. Thank you so much to my hubby, sons and MIL for giving me my xmas pressies in the form of money for the show. I had an absolute ball. Here is what I bought.
A self-healing cutting board because my old one stopped healing, a ruler because I also managed to kill mine: charts, white fabric for emboidery, rik rak and lace, ribbons, some buttons, some gold beads, three balls of scarf wool.
I was also very inspired by the displays at the show. There were Quilts from the Irish Patchwork Association
This is me...mmm..double chin seems to be coming back: will have to stop cheating with my diet!
A lot of universities also brought their work over (with the undergraduates who created them). There are too many to show but I just have to include these:
A totally constructed Mr Fox: I just love his wooly tail!
And this is meant to be a huge, cloth rat, burrowing into one of the display boxes. Very funny.
And finally I had a good look at this embroidered work.
So yesterday I decided to have a go at embroidery
I took some orangy guaze and attached two felt Oak Leaves with back stitch and then used Gold Embroidery thread to highlight the veins. The acorn was done in a mixture of embroidery thread in Satin Stitch, French Knots and long stitch..with shorter stitches for texture.
I mounted it on a wide artists canvas: It looks a bit crumpled because I used the glue gun: I will have to find an alternative method of attaching my work to canvas without losing the hollow part for easy hanging. Glue and a ribbon were all I could think of last night, so any opinions you may have are always very much welcome.
There is another picture I have in my head to partner this one but you will have to wait and see what it is. As an inexperienced stitcher, getting it out of my head and into a real life finish may take some doing...but I love the use of texture and experimenting so I don't think you will have to wait for long.
Evenings seem to get so dark so early so I am having to re-juggle my time to get the crafting in: my eyes nearly burned out with the embroidery last night and that was with a day-light lamp. Still: we all suffer this time of year, which is why the knitting needles often come out.
I have my goals for 2013 in my head and one of them is to send RAKs. As I said in my last post, I cannot guarantee it will be cross stitch but it will be a nice surprise. Several of you have sent me your addresses: and that is all you have to do. You do not have to pass it on or get me anything in return: I am doing this for fun and to say thank you for all the support blog world gave me during my cancer treatment time. So please, feel free to email me with your details. My email is in my details and in the last post.
Wow..long post. I will love you and leave you now. Have a great week xxxxxx