Feeling much better this past week thank you for your comments. Speaking of comments, I do reply to all of you when you leave them. If you haven't heard from me it maybe that you are a no reply blogger and it's not coming through to you. You have to adjust your settings for that. If you have changed from Blogger to Google + at any point the default settings will have turned back to not letting people see your email address. Easiest way to check is to go to an old post of yours on your own blog, post a comment and when you have the email come through hit reply and see what is in the email address box. If that doesn't work or you don't have a blog you will have to look up changing it on Google. I also have a couple of you who I am not receiving an email from when you post. Not sure who that is down to but I do try and catch up with you eventually!!!
When I finished my City and Guilds in 2012 I remember the feeling that the rug had been pulled, or more like the crutch had been swiped away. Suddenly Laura Kemshall wasn't at the end of the line or email giving out her wonderful words of wisdom, support and encouragement. Now having finished these Embroiderers Guild courses I've had a similar feeling but instead of a plummet I've had a soaring feeling! Freedom! That doesn't mean I've been making too much but I have had a bit of a clear out in some areas, there have even been some listings on eBay. I have also taken back control of my time and diary which is most precious of all. I've also cleared some other deadwood activities which I was feeling were unprofitable for me. I am now in charge again rather than running madly behind trying to catch up. A good place to be.
I'm still working on the long panel piece, not too much to do now. It's going on a panel 100 x 30 cm so a good size.
Lots of layering of stitches and they all have to have a cohesive feeling to bring it together. repetition hopefully will help with that.
I've now pinned it to a roller embroidery frame so I can see where I'm going and what I've done. There are also a few bits of copper wire so I didn't want them crumpled and they also won't fit in a standard hoop or frame hence the pinning instead. The red here is a drawing pin!
A couple of weeks ago we went to Lewtrenchard Manor for a couple of nights. It's a very interesting place, full of character and history and I spent a lot of time just looking and taking photos on my phone. Every ceiling was different.
Even the paneling in our room had lots to see. Next time we go we're taking one of the dogs with us! Lots of places to walk there and right on the edge on Dartmoor.
I'm now actually trying to put some of these down into my sketchbook! Yes, you may gasp, me using a sketchbook! But only as a source of keeping the information together, this worm hasn't turned just yet.
We even popped up to Ilfracombe and saw Damien Hirst's Verity. She may be tall but not as big as I thought she was going to be. It was a bit of a grey day and the picture won't lighten but you can look her up if you want to see better.
Next week if off to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate! Quite excited and my list it growing.
Back to trying to finish the panel today. My wrists and thumb joints are complaining mightily, it's gloves on for most of the day, but not too much more to do now.