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!
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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