Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring things

Its quite some time since I was here again! But here I am. 
Look at this I spotted on a walk the other day. What looked like an oil slick from a distance on the Lodge(Lake) in the park. When I got up close I found it was a whole lot of floating Hazel catkins all piled up at the edge.

The ducks weren't at all concerned and when I went for a closer look they were expecting food and came ploughing through it.

I've been very busy for the last two months doing my online course. What a lot of fun I've had. I'm sure my lovely ladies won't mind me sharing the two pieces I worked on with you.
First we made a flat piece of felt 

 and stitched it
 and stitched it
 and stitched it
 and stitched it some more.

 Then I made a piece using pre-felts..

and stitched it

 and stitched it

 and stitched it some more

 Haha! The last video is going to be made tomorrow and I'm feeling quite sad thats its over. Its been fun.

 Today was lovely bright and sunny and I took some pictures of some bright and sunny brooches I made at the weekend. I put them in my Etsy shop

I've sold four already!


Virginia said...

Can't you just see those hazel catkins done in a million bullion knots ... definitely not done by me - I'd loose the will to live long before I'd finished them! Your course has been a lot of fun - I've learnt so much I don't want it to finish!

Robin Mac said...

I love Virginia's reference to bullion knots - imagine that number!!! We have all had so much fun doing the course it will be sad to see it finished. glad the brooches are selling well. Cheers

Irene Donovan said...

really love the stitched felt work

Miriam Weaver said...

Sounds like you and your students have had a great time, will you do it again Jackie? Sounds like you should! Bullion knots, the thought sends shivers down my spine.

Heather said...

You'll have to do another course! I love those pieces and maybe I'll sign up myself if life gets a bit quieter. The brooches are as gorgeous as ever - I'm not surprised they are selling fast.
Love all those catkins in the water. I wonder if the ducks thought they were worms!

FeltersJourney said...

I'm glad you have enjoyed teaching online :) Great news that it has been such a success.
It looks and sounds like it's been a wonderful course!

Rachel said...

It seems as though inspiration has been flowing!

Maggi said...

Amazing collection of catkins. I thought they were caterpillars or worms at first - your version is much nicer.

I have been reading plenty of good things about your class. Well done.

Linda said...

Haha.....I'm with Maggi; when I first saw the top photo I thought you'd been to a fishing tackle shop! Eeeek!
Your workshop looks fab, I wish I could have joined in. The final piece is a true heirloom.
And your brooches? Glorious as ever.....

Gillian Salmons said...

The photo of the catkins is pretty amazing! But when I saw the 'thumbnail' in the reading list, I thought it was a pot of maggots and was intrigued as to what you were planning to do. By the way, lovely pieces of felt as usual. ;-)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I had absolutely no doubt whatsoever that your class would be a rousing success and I'm glad to know that you had fun with it.

sharon young said...

I'm so glad your class was such a success and not at all surprised. I just love the stitched piece and your brooches are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Oh my... I love those hazel catkins. And your embroidered felt is WONDERFUL. And your brooches are exquisite. I don't know what else to say! Thanks for sharing!

ShirleyGoldenDoodles said...

Jacky - fabulous! I am SO enjoying your course and have gained so much confidence... you MUST do another. I have looked forward to each video, and have put this blog on my "favourite blog" list so I don't miss anything. You have been very generous with your time and techniques, and I now see your distinctive style as AMAZING. Thank you so much.

Mary at

Magical Stitchery Tour said...

So nice to see what you've been up to and to hear the course has gone well. Your pictures of your work are lovely as usual and I don't know if it's my imagination but they seem very open and relexed, I hope that as before your work is reflecting how you are in yourself. Hugs x

Kitty said...

When I grow up, I'd like to be as talented as you. Awesome work. :)

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How lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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