Saturday, 30 January 2010

slow cloth 1

slow cloth 1
Originally uploaded by bostinstuff

first piece using SIKWCIUS (stuff I knew would come in useful someday) it was a small piece of hand painted cloth with a brown square stuck on, It is now ready to be lined and made into a journal cover. Very soothing stitching.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

felt 4

felt 4
Originally uploaded by bostinstuff

Finally had enough of beading this piece, it got out of hand and I just kept putting more and more beads on. I am putting together a piec of "slow cloth" to sew and trying to only use stuff in my 'saved bits which will one day come in useful box'

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Challenging myself

These days of enforced staying in (promised the kids I won't do anything stupid! as if staying in will prevent that!) However, I really appreciate that it would be stupid to tread on the untreated ice outside the door, although not to speak to soon there are signs of a mini thaw out there. Enough of weather. To get back to the start of this text, staying in has forced me to seek a new challenge, I am tired of everything I have been doing recently, so having ironed loads of painted and dyed silk and browsed through my bookshelves. I realised that the one discipline I have been avoiding is felting. Last year I bought a machine, found a shop in Utrecht with a great supply of material at bargain prices, came home fired up and found a) the machine scared the pants off me and b) I wasn't enamoured of the whole thing. What I was producing didn't look anything like I thought it should.

So, obviously this was what would be my challenge this month, something I am scared of and could take my time over.

I did a couple of brooch sized pieces but felt, no pun intended, that I had to do something bigger that could be embellished to death to cover any failings. I did this piece using a hand felter (still terrified by the speed of the machine) so here's the WIP

Friday, 8 January 2010


This snow arrived on Tuesday and is still with us. It's very beautiful but since the temperature has been so low (minus 7 last night) it's very dodgy underfoot

Saturday, 2 January 2010


Happy new year to you all and thank you for all your comments and visits last year. They mean a lot and I have been able to visit some amazing blogs as a consequence of those visits. December was not a very good month healthwise but the new year is looking good and I am fired up with all the stuff I want to tackle and really intend to do something each day (where have I read that before?) and to keep up with all those blogs and websites that have been so inspiring. To Abi, thanks for feeding the fish on your visits, they mentioned you had popped in!
I hope each and everyone of you have a healthy and peaceful year and thanks again for all your support