Its been a busy week and my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.
I tried to take some photographs on Monday but as this was the level of light in my sitting room I gave up. (and drank lots of tea)
It goes with the general air of gloom in the media at the moment..every time you put the radio or Tv one...Global warming, recession.....isn't it all depressing?
I honestly can't quite say where the week has gone.
Its been a mixed week. (I just deleted the list of things I've done..too boring)
Meet my new friend given to me by Sue at the felt group.
My eyes grew to twice their size when I saw the gadget that is the....
MARTHA PULLEN THREAD STAND!!!
Its got to be good with a name like that..a bit like 'Carters Little Liver Pills' or 'Potters Vegetable Cough Remover'..all inestimable successes.
Its all set up and, on the whole, seems useful.
I'll let you know.
EDIT for Christine: It does what it says on the tin.
You stand your threads on it...poke the ends through the holes on the top and use them when needed.
But I wonder why Sue didn't want it?
Anyway...the sun shone a bit on Thursday so I hauled myself away from the sewing machine and into the woods, missing canine company dreadfully.
I envied people their four legged friends but look. Dogs in my village come in twos three fours and even sixes.
Four here trying to cross the cattle grid..
Three more trotting along..and I'd just seen two going the other way.
But I think these 4 Newfoundlands get the prize for sheer dogginess. My flash fired so their eyes look scary...like 'The Wild Things'
What you can't see is that they also had two large spaniels.
I think they thought I was a bit mad photographing them.
I asked if they lived in a big house and they said no, a cottage.
The sun shone weakly but it was lovely if rather muddy walk.
The floor of the woods is covered in lovely shapes...
Perhaps the inspiration for my shapes?
I have become a bit of a one trick pony lately but I never tire of doodling with my machine(..and Martha Pullen)
I made these for two galleries . I'm always amazed at how even though its me sewing using the same stuff I always use, each 'group' or each session has its own character.
I sometimes just sew with the flow and other times its a labour.
I now have actual 'Stockists'.
The most recent three are The Shop in Lewes, Sussex; Fibre +Clay, and Arthouse2, Havant.
Some time ago I blogged about the difference in the price of my goods when sold direct and sold in galleries. I have discussed it at length with other makers and with gallery owners and have come to the conclusion that my things ought to be more or less the same price everywhere.
So for that reason I am going to have to raise the prices of the felt brooches.
I'll do it gradually but as they go out of my etsy shop I won't replace them until they are all gone, then make a fresh start at something a bit nearer the retail price for as long as I have other people selling my work.
I'm sorry to have to do this but its only fair. Galleries have overheads and are doing a good job of displaying and selling my work.
But don't forget..my postage is free for UK buyers.
And finally..I had a boiled egg today in my own egg cup.
No sign yet of the Dorset Cereals Goody bag.