Sunday, 23 July 2017

Okay who stole most of May and June?

I really haven't got any excuses, someone clearly stole the past few weeks and I cant believe its been that long since I wrote a post.
I am indeed still alive although have developed a limp and painful hip, Physio suggested a walking stick ffs!!!

It appears that the gammy foot and ankle I have where a ligament or tendon repaired itself skew whiff several years ago - and has caused me pain and swelling ever since - has most likely meant that I walk differently to try and prevent foot pain when walking.
A coping strategy if you like - well it hasn't worked because I've ended up with bursitis and a limp LOL
This ageing lark is hard work : (

Displays in our revamped Ferens Art Gallery have been interesting since it reopened.

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I know a pile of stones right lol
Well no! Its all bloody polystyrene taken from the sea! Appalling isn't it!
The darker they are the longer they have been bobbing around in the sea.

Spencer Tunik came and had about 3000 people painted in 3 shades of blue paint then photographed them at various places around the city of Hull.
I adore this picture and wish to goodness I still had a body that good - I too would have queued up to be painted lol
Mind you if I laid down like they did I doubt Id have managed to get up again lol
Various photos that Tunik took have been displayed in the Ferens and are online to see, but this is by far my favourite. It reminds me of that picture of the tennis girl with the bare bum cheek benath her tennis dress lol
Oh and I can recommend the cakes in the Ferens Tea Room lol

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Currently there are these striking chalk on huge blackboards pictures to see there but I'm afraid I forgot to get the artists name!
I love them : )




The humble stick of chalk eh .....but in the hands of an artist with an eye for the movement of the sea and the struggle of mankind to stay afloat on it.

Life is really hard for some of my homes occupants ..... do we have to get up now Mum?


I've been stitching a fair bit, some cathedral windows blocks for a quilt to be given to the British rail policeman who was injured in London by rampant terrorists wielding knives.
Many other stitchers made blocks too so the final quilt will be striking I think.
The quilt will be displayed at the Festival of Quilts if any of you are going, before being given to the young man Wayne Marques later on.

I completed a little lap quilt out of odd fabrics which was sort of thrown together without much thought in the end.



 This too was something of a what if ..... and is now at the quilting stage but I've yet to photograph it I realise. I sliced some more of these blocks in half and added them to each side length, I adore the subtle colours on this.



My daughter has had chance to express her creative side too, she has drawn her version of this wonderful character on my granddaughters bedroom wall. This is the almost completed wall, colours altered to suit Evies bedroom colour scheme : )





My friend saw her neighbour filling her car up with junk to take to the dump - she was moving house so decluttering.
Chris noticed 2 sewing machines and asked off the cuff if either were Singers. Oh yes says the neighbour, here you can have this one if you like. And she took out a black box - which would have been in landfill before long!
I'd never actually seen one in real life!
An old Featherweight in lovely condition too.



Its my grandsons birthday next week, 9 already!
I picked up a natty but battered little chest at the car boot and have turned it into a miniature scene for him.
It is supposed to be the graveyard scene where Harry Potter came up against Voldemort  and this is far as I've got.
I have both character figures to go in it too but cant decide if I should glue them in, I probably will so it is more of a diorama for display.



Hmm ... did I show you that cushion before, cant remember?
I've made a few crochet cushion fronts too, they need to be finished off into cushions come to think of it!
 
Right I must crack on and stitch a bit. I've been making some blue and white fabric hexi flowers but of course I haven't got enough blessed blue with white fabric - oh bother - I may have to buy more fabric sigh.

But I wondered what the effect would be if I put a hexi of wadding in and behind the centre hexies and then when the top is complete, simply back it with a layer of fabric, so its a lightweight cover and only quilt around the inside centre hexi of each flower - does that make sense to you?
Let me read it back lol
I wonder if it will work?
Watch this space and see lol
It does mean that you make the flower, remove the central hexi paper and tuck in a hexi of wadding, basting it in position so the overlap of fabric at the back of the hexi, snugly holds the wadding in place.
My idea is that the final quilting inside the centre hexi of each flower will hold the backing to the front.
I'm sure its been done before and maybe it doesn't work because I cant recall seeing it anywhere LOL






Sunday, 7 May 2017

An in between post : )

Oh my, its been a while since I posted - I seem to have lost the plot and become disorganised and too busy by far.

So here's a bits and pieces post with apologies!

A fairly new commemorative statue here in Hull, to the many lost trawlermen lost over the years. I really do like these rusty statues
and I believe these faces are based on real fishermen who lost their lives at sea.




Ive been using up scraps again and making blocks to use at some point.


Thought you might like to see what £75 a metre fabric looks like made into cushions!
Lucienne Grey pattern fabric made into cushions for a chap at work ...



I have yet to make two more in a rectangular shape too.
Clearly he has more money than sense lol
They are backed in a grey to match which makes the fabric go further : )


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pic heavy post be warned lol

So I'm getting tardy, sorry, my blogging mojo seems to have deserted me but here is a review of some of the things I've been up to ... and more Amy Johnson Moths too!
A fastening activity 'burger' for a child at work, made a pizza too with all the toppings fastenable on, but I don't think I took a picture!


and I turned the Mystical Lantern crochet pattern by Janie Crowe into a cushion and blow me I haven't taken a photo of the back of that either!
I used a fulled, light blue cardigan that had a central front zip fastening as the backing.
Its a bit pieced and patched in two of the corners but I can remove the cushion pad for washing by unzipping it easily.


This was another fastening cushion I made for work.
The little face is a flap with a button as a nose and a hook n eye fastener on the top of her head too.


I unearthed these blocks and umpteen more, having set them aside quite a while ago.
I am rethinking what to do with them now.
Impractical as a quilt since the cats  leap on the bed and they will pull the threads on the various lacey and crocheted doilies but I do need a couple of curtain drapes for across an alcove.



An unashamedly Awwww picture of Spencer : )
No I didn't make the blanket, his other nannie did.

More Larkin toads with grandson number 1 - he is collecting pictures of him with the AJ Moths and any toads still around.
But some moths are too high above his head, so I've taken shots of them alone, closer too. 



This yellow one is Toad in the Hull ....
I know lol duhhhh


And this life size duplicate of Amy Johnsons Gypsy Moth aircraft now hangs in our Rail station, made by prisoners during workshops.
Its incredibly small to have flown so far in!







Hard to see, but it says Fly me to the Moon ...



And Hull's very own 'Dead Bod' corrugated steel sheet, formerly sited on the side of the river, but nw housed as local art, in an art gallery come coffee and food venue in Humber Street.
A bod is the Yorkshire dialect pronunciation of bird ..... : )


Hot chocolate stop : )


Okay, will let you rest and leave some other pics for another post lol

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bunged up and fed up ...

Yes, am bunged up - nasally not innards! 
 - and am now fed up at being so.
The right side of my nose has been blocked for weeks, the cough and head-achey cold that so many have had and cant shake off, but its so tiring and I'm fed up of it now!

Anyways that aside I've not been too prolific but ....
I got annoyed so much with myself that I couldn't find the Janie Crowfoot crochet pattern Mystical Lanterns
- which is tucked safely away here at home somewhere -
I bought another copy!
Its a lovely shaped module, although here they are blocked out flatter: when you stitch them they go all skew whiff and I doubted they'd ever stitch together correctly lol
I am going to make a cushion with these wool oddments anyway.



This building is next to where I work and I find it really odd lol ....
its the Language Unit where children go who need help to speak properly! That's its buildings name!



Oh and I made a silly little pin cushion out of some narrow strips of acrylic felt, but it could be a good quick make idea for children.
I saw somewhere - strips of felt had running stitches along their length and they were then strung on xmas trees like garlands of pop corn.
Although they still looked like slightly gathered strips of felt to me lol

So I ran stitches along narrow felt lengths and pulled them into a coil, then stitched it all together then backed it with some scrap leather.
It wont win any prizes but it is easy enough to make.



And of course if you made enough you could stitch them altogether
and make a natty plate mat, table runner or penny rug!

Oh and I have to confess - I'm worried in case its my age ...
Have you seen Tom Hardy in his role in Taboo?
Swooon ...........................even though he's a terrible character!
I have always loved those long black maxi coats, maybe that's the appeal...

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Turbine blades are huge! and some stitchy bits

As part of our City of Culture celebrations we have a Siemen's wind turbine blade snuggled in amongst our old buildings and what an incredibly involved and lengthy process it was to get in amongst the Queen Victoria statue and the buildings!
75' long too.
Siemen's have built a factory here in Hull where they make these blades and they went to enormous lengths to transport this from there in to the city centre.
I mean, these things do NOT bend well round corners at all!







The blade was secretly installed overnight and throughout the following day, so secret was this celebratory City of Culture art installation,
that they hadn't obtained Planning permission!
Had they done so ahead of time, the secret would have been out of course, but naturally some 'Jobs Worth' in the Council has raised the issue. So retrospective permission is being sought. DUHHHH
It is pretty impressive!
If your interested how this mammoth made it in amongst the buildings, follow this link - clever work all round this.


And I make no apologies for reposting this, by far the best version of the made in Hull light show on the City Hall.



Our Ferens Art Gallery has been revamped with super clever up to the minute, humidity controls to enable us to have some of the wonderful (Turner) art exhibitions in future and it opened last weekend.
I popped in with my grandson to see the Ferens Open Art Exhibition and there were some stunning pieces submitted.
He was totally Unimpressed lol


Remarkably, every man, woman and child there seemed to be taking photos with their mobile phones or Ipads!
This was certainly never allowed before but I gladly followed suit lol
Apparently in its first week of reopening, there were well over 30,000 visitors!
( My apologies but I will pop back and add in the makers names when I unearth the galleries brochure ..... which is somewhere safe at the moment ... bear with me!)

Loved this character, all made up from washers, serviette rings, bicycle cogs and other odds and ends!


This stunning mosaic rocking horse listed at over £2000 was superb!
Adorable. 
If you embiggin ( do love your word Mary Ann lol ) the pictures, you will see that there are several of those delightful vintage porcelain half dolls sat on the saddle!









Lovely also to see textile pieces included again, the Ferens was often resistant in the past at including stitched or textile work, but I'm happy to see that is continuing to change!



Also loved the penguins!!





This was a large and stunning piece of work which I think was etched onto metal with fine silvery paint added onto the surface. Remarkable.



My grandson sat last weekend and archeologically 'dug' a few artifacts out of a lump of 'sand' that he had as a Christmas gift and he soon lost interest in archaeology!
Oh how short a concentration some span youngsters have!
Until that is, I suggested that he could make a mini tomb to house the artifacts.
With that he set to digging with much enthusiasm and there was bloody sand everywhich where in my lounge!
But he made great use of double sided tape, a discarded cat food satchet box, some sandpaper for the inner walls, sugar paper on the outside of the box and strong glue to fasten the artifacts in position.
He was chuffed to bits with it too bless him.
Car boot hunting now include further Egyptian artifacts to put in.....he tells me.





Workwise I've been making a Storysack of Marion Gambles childrens book 'Jack wants a pet', a story set in Australia.


Eagle eyed amongst you, might notice the bodged hedgehog!
He has additional claws on his front feet, an extended nose and a small hard hairbrush stitched onto his back lol
He is a bad representation of an Echidna, a seriously spikey hedgehog like creature!
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I'm using the same storyboard idea with Velcro accepting fabric on it and gathering in all the various animals from the story .... though so far Ive had to make everything but the dingo!
Duck billed platypuss, goanna, wombat, possum and koala to follow ...
I will be lucky to get this finished before Australia Day for our Peri teacher to use!

Today at stitchy club, we had a Hope Flag making workshop and it was really successful.
I was theoretically running it but it wasn't a case of giving everyone a template pattern thankfully and everyone mucked in.
Most of the 25 or so members already had an idea what they might do, all I provided was a stash of scraps to ferret through, books and printed pictures for inspiration, basic rules of requirements, a Big Shot machine and dies plus stamps and stamp pads to play with.
(Many thanks to Jean too for bringing in her die cutting machine and being the tutor on die cutting!)
We are making our version of Prayer Flags - ie.  Hope Flags, to display along with some of members work, in Beverley Minster in May this year.
Here are some pictures of some completed ones.
We have limited the size to A5 since they will be hanging above the heads of visitors.
Oh and they need to have something front and back too!

  one side of mine : )


Margaret above had sued some self adhesive letters she got in Hobbycraft, don't they look great!

A couple of the ladies had made themselves one of these below and I reckon they must be really useful.
I don't recall seeing the pattern before but if anyone recognises it I would be grateful to know whose pattern it is please?
I forgot to ask them and it will be weeks till I see them again.


It has a carry handle, is a pin cushion, has pockets all round for scissors, pencils etc and one of the ladies added the buttons on each corner to hang things off.
Clever eh!
Take care all : )








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