Let me take you back to the beginning of July in Morfa, North Wales.
We are up on the cliff looking left
straight ahead (love that blue!)
and then to the right. The mountains are very beautiful in North Wales.
Zoom in of the houses to the north of the semi circle beach.
But we will head to these houses
on a stepped path like this one on the opposite side of the cliff.
Corvids accompanied us
down to the beach.
The tide had left us with green crab claws, seaweed and a non stinging form of jellyfish.
There were also a number of catfish.
Have a closer look at this gorgeous shade of purple on the jellyfish.
If you hang this sort by your door, it will tell you the weather.
The shades of Summer cream interested me- playing with light for effects.
Now let me share with you a finish which has been months in the making:
I used Egyptian white sheeting and Kaffe Fassett’s Spot on collection. It needs ironing!
I have wanted to make this every since seeing Lucy M. Boston’s Kaleidoscope Quilt back in 2007. It has taken me this long to work out how to make it but using a machine mainly but still staying faithful to the paper pieced version by Lucy.
I used a black binding and a button and teapot backing fabric.
I tried to graduate the colours properly so nothing would grate on my eye.
I also tried as much as possible to not have the same fabric design next to one another.
It was a huge challenge but I think it deserves a place in the “New” section of the Craft Olympics.
Lastly I have sewn old jet and glass beads to the poppy felt flower brooch I made. It will go on my big red coat called “Swish” on Remembrance Sunday.
I hope I have caught up with everyone now.
If anyone missed it there is a link to Daughter’s Peru trip photo blog in my previous post. She had a fantastic time and it has given her the confidence to train as a diver at long last. Thank you for helping her achieve that dream.
She will be 21 at the weekend. Son is going down to wine and dine her. He is taking cash, a birthday cake and some fine china… now what can possibly go wrong?
I’ve got the plague at the moment but it has meant that I have had to sit still instead of juggling everything. Thank you for a wonderful day full of seeing the wonders you have been making. You are a lovely bunch. 🙂
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Daughter is now back from Peru. She has made a photo blog here.
Son is now 18. It was a bitter sweet moment knowing that I am now the mother of adults.
I have been sock knitting to get flexibility in my little finger.
The physiotherapist was amazed at my progress but getting to bend that last little bit on a regular basis has been frustrating.
Beautiful wool from Finland.
I bought it when meeting Ulla.
I have also learned how to make felt flowers from scratch with the wet felting technique. This is a “Special” entry for the Craft Olympics:
Silk fibres which shine in the top layer.
Cloud colours in a mix with tops as stamen.
Centre of a sunflower.
A poppy made from offcuts from a sunflower.
I also made stems and spiral stems which I sewed onto a metal wreath instead of standing them in a pot.
A rose made like the ones in the Tilda book, once I had made the felt.
The children had made one side of this felt years ago, so I just did an extra layer to make the centre bright. Tops for stamen.
Sunflower and poppy.
And finally the socks above out of Zig Zag and Finnish wool leftovers, and the socks below from left over browns, creams and a bit of grey left over Finnish wool.
I am sorry for having such a long blog break. Life has been overtaking me. I will share my travels as soon as I can. Sorry for not visiting in so long. Blogland has been in my thoughts. Hopefully I can visit soon.
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