Saturday, 25 June 2011

Hello

 Well its been a long time since I was here because I've been a busy bee. Sometimes lovely weeks come along when quite ordinary events happen and make you feel good.  Along with all the events I've finished another piece for an open exhibition locally. Its another version of 'Where the Cricket sings' and is smaller and goes alongside 'Midnights all a-glimmer'. 
 I'm just showing one or two details.
 I really must change my palette don't you think?
 But I do love these colours.
 Here they are together.
 Embroidery 2000 are gearing up for our next stage of the exhibition which will be at Astley Hall Coach House Gallery, Chorley, starting on 9th July and open weekends 12-5, until 4th September.
The Gallery is big so we are all doing more work and putting some older work in. I've made several floppy pieces of cobweb felt as the basis of a piece called 'Peace comes dropping slow' . My other piece with that title was a bowl so I've renamed that and transferred the title to this one. I'm going to add some small delicate motifs and hang it from a batten in layers. Fingers crossed. I'll bore you with a load of photographs.
 I put silk fibres on the felt and graded the colours .
 Its holey!
 I suppose the veils of morning would have been the perfect title but I've already made that piece.

 For photographing I've hung it inappropriately fro my flowery ironing board!



 Here's one of my nice events of the week: Dexter. He came for the day and had hundreds of kisses. He's the most kissable doggie I've ever met. We had a lovely long long walk. It wasn't going to be long but I bumped into an old friend and her son and we walked for miles, so when his minder came for him we were out!
 Another day my husband had to take a painting back to Didsbury so we picked up my son and went for lunch to 'The Art of Tea' a lovely 'shabby ' cafe with a second hand bookshop in the back. I googled it and it hasn't got universally good reviews but we thought it was great. Lovely staff and delicious food.
 Rocket salad with sunflower seed dressing. 

Last weekend was Art and Garden and as usual its a beautiful event. Here's my tree with brooches. I sold quite a bit of stuff but not as much as usual. 
 So many people who were there said it didn't matter f they didn't sell anything because they love it. 
I agree.
And here's my next door neighbours' honeysuckle growing over their back wall. The leaves looked a bit wiggly and I thought it was diseased  but I've never seen it so fluorescent.
Add in a Confirmation where I was the sponsor and had a lovely time afterwards drinking wine with the parents, a workshop with my embroidery group and a plea to take part in a good craft fair in November, and even the weather hasn't dampened my spirits.
I do have a cold though.
Sniff.

34 comments:

Sandie said...

Sounds like a great week to me!
Hope your cold is over soon.

Sandie xx

Heather said...

Your cobweb felt is exquisite Jackie - so fine and delicate.
Dexter looks adorable and that cafe sounds perfect to me - even if it has had indifferent reviews. Hope you get rid of your cold soon and that the exhibition is going well.

Lyn said...

It was lovely to see you at Art and Garden Jackie, my brooch had it's first outing today!
xxx

karen said...

LOVE the veil....it's BBBBBBB!!!!!! that's seven quids worth!!

Gigibird said...

Dexter looks so lovely against the blue....you have been busy...I love the green piece...beautiful.

jinxxxygirl said...

I think the brooches would look better on the tree if they didn't have those tags on them. You??? Maybe you could tag them on the back somehow???

Fiona said...

Jacki what a lovely post! So much colour and inspiration - and I thought your doggy story was funny :)

Victoria said...

Everything sounds and looks just lovely! xo

soggibottom said...

Good to see you.. remenber the bottle/s...

Ho hum... :-) Life is like that...

You get better an better my friend.
Keep blogging :-)
lots of love x x x x

Thimble Fingers said...

It's good to have weeks like that ... so pleased you're feeling happy and had a good time.
Dexter is adorable ... could jump through the computer and kiss him to bits myself.
Love the dark felted piece - very different, but full of impact.

Jude said...

Yes, definitely a busy bee.....love the work as usual. Love the cobweb felt. Dexter looks so adorable...kiss away!
Take care
Jude

artymess said...

No don't change your palette .....lovely work as ever .......loving the brooch tree and adorable Dexter.....x

Maggi said...

I just love the cobweb piece, definitely touch-inducing. I like the colourways that you use anyway so never get bored with seeing them. Hope the cold goes soon.

Heather Woollove said...

What a wonderful post, Jackie...just bursting with enthusiasm and wonderful news!
Your palette is perfect the way it is...no worries.
The cobweb is so light and ethereal...super! The bookstore/restaurant sounds wonderful, and that honeysuckle is utterly breathtaking!! XXO-

Max the Lobster said...

don't change your colour scheme its wonderful as it is!

hensteeth said...

Oh I do adore everything about your work.
Dexter, what a handsome boy.

silverpebble said...

Hello to you! This new piece of work is so exquisite - the detail, the colour, the texture. I love seeing the close ups, it's a real treat.

Fabulous to see your fully fruiting tree for Art and Garden too. I'd so love to come to this event one day x

Rachel said...

Delightful!

If you like the colours, why should you change them?

lynda Howells said...

Just love your work....one of these days l will arrange to get one of your pieces. if you fancy a swop of some sort..give me a call. That is if you like my dyed and embroiderd piecesx lynda

Ingvild Skår said...

Beautiful work! I like the colours.

Ingvild ull & brukt

Sharon said...

Your art is so lovely! No need to change your color scheme in my humble opinion. I think this is my first time to post to your blog although I am a frequent lurker here.

Hanni said...

You don't need to change anything, these colors are just wonderful, I love them. I cannot get enough of all your pieces.
What a lovely dog and the food looks delicious!

Menopausalmusing said...

That cobweb piece is breathtakingly beautiful! The colours.......... delicious. Oh my, but weren't you tempted to dognap Dexter dawg?

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Fabulous work Jackie ... so soft and ethereal ... would love to be able to feel just how soft it is :o)

have a fab week ... hope your cold gets better soon x

Trouble and Crosby Kitty said...

As always, I love love love your work! The colors are fine just the way they are, though change is often good too. And I too wish your cold soon gone!

Kim said...

Oops, forgot to change profiles!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Greetings from Tunisia! I'm sure you've heard it before, but your embroidery is so lovely. I look forward to following your adventures in the textile arts. Such great ideas.
best, nadia

Rosie said...

Shame about the cold but you do seem to have had a lovely week! I had no idea you could do this with felt - get it to be so spidery and cobwebby. Gorgeous!
PS I love green and blue together too.

JaneO said...

Love the cobweb felt and also your beautiful titles - are they quotations (I should probably know the answer to that)

lilylovekin said...

Wonderful post, you sound happy-content. I'm so glad. Dexter looks like a kind dog, always a great way to spend a day. I love second hand book stores, can get lost for hours and if they are hooked up with a cafe there is nothing better. Enjoy your day.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

How I wish I could go to that exhibition to see these in person! And while I was there I would definitely include a sloppy kiss session with the handsome Dexter.

Sarah Anderson said...

I love 'the Art of Tea' too! Not been for a while though.
Your cobweb felt is amazing! Just gorgeous!!!

Rosie said...

Those brooches are fabulous.

Rosie said...

Those brooches are fabulous.



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