Another one from class

•October 8, 2018 • 9 Comments

Susan sent me a pic of her finished piece. You may recognise it as the one I did for a magazine article, which is because Susan joined the three year opus course only for the last year, so I have her a simple quick project so she’d be working at the same pace as everyone else. She’s done a pretty good job for a first attempt.

Lost doggies

•October 2, 2018 • 4 Comments

I meant to include these in yesterday’s post about class, but for some reason reason my phone decided it was impossible to email them, I tried several times.

Perhaps my computer is a cat person ?

Anyway, they’re too cute to miss out, so hopefully I’ve now figured out how to post from the phone

Oxford Photos

•October 1, 2018 • 2 Comments

I forgot to take any on Saturday at the Opus course, so the only opus piece belong’s to Kath, who was doing both days, these are mainly from Sunday’s ABC courses.

So kath’s boyband angel…

And the rest (including both of Kath’s because she insisted on doing the whole alphabet) from the Abc

The dog is waiting patiently to be applied. Alison did the precious opus course and had been nervous of applying her finished king as a slip, so this has , I hope, given her the confidence to go home and deal with him.

Liz did three letters in total, but this was the one she had with her. The recreation of tartan worked really well – I need to think of something I can play with this on myself.

The willow is a lovely use of medeival technique in more modern way – I’m not sure the pic does justice to the texture. It was finished early sunday morning, so ruth started on a baby chicken dragon to try a face.

Helen has shown huge improvement over the year, and the thistles are looking really good. It still needs edging on both the letters

Ann is going to play with some trellis couching in purple and red on her background before she puts in her split stitch, so it ought to look nice and neat once it’s finished. She’s really worked on her laid nad couched and is getting much better, so I’m hoping to see all of these finished at some point


In other news, Gareth thinks the new cat stackers he put up are working so well that he’s considering putting more up so he can get a couple of spare kittens

September, women’s labours

•September 28, 2018 • 7 Comments


Mr September is harvesting his grapes to make wine, so Mrs S is brewing beer, traditionally a woman’s task.

I adapted an image of a tippling monk.

September’s kitties are Trubble and Branston. Branston is making his second appearance, he says this is partly because he’s obviously very important, and partly because he can’t trust that idjit kitten to do anything unsupervised. So here he is attempting to instruct young Trubble in the correct catching of rodents, whilst Trubble has just dropped his mouse so is doing tradition kitten flapping about instead.

Branston says Trubble is a numpty.

I should have hung an axe from the cieling, because now I look at it again it reminds me of the story of the three sillies, where the young girl goes to the cellar to get beer for her fiance, sees the axe stuck in the roofbeam and instead of just pulling it out and putting it on the floor where it can do no harm, she goes into hysterics imagining that once she is married her child will come down to the cellar for beer and the axe will fall out and kill him. Niether mother nor father, wondering whats taking her so long, think to correct her and start sobbing alongside, only for the trio to be found by the thirsty fiance, who rolls his eyes and wonders how he can possibly marry into such a ridiculous family.


more twiddly bit

•September 19, 2018 • 6 Comments

and some legs for later. There’s soemthing about that particular shade of madder for legs that makes them look like they belong to a fat toddler.

Another roll along

•September 14, 2018 • 2 Comments

perhaps the penultimate?

asterix finished

•September 10, 2018 • 5 Comments

I had some issues with the red being a lot bouncier than the stuff I’m used to, and with the white definitely being thicker than the colours – it really does stick up a bit – so I burnished the whole thing with a heavy glass and that seems to have sorted out a lot of the kinks.

It’s a bit on the sparkly side to photograph though.

I think I want to do tintin on the other side of the purse. I like this image but it will need a bit of smushing to get it the right size. I want to make the background with gold and black underside couching. Although I have to admit I was quite tempted by the spoof tintin in iraq

I’m going to measure this very precisely whilst it’s under tenstion, then draw tintin when I get the next canvas tensioned. I’m hoping to avoid my perrenial problem wherby I make to pieces for a purse and no matter how hard I try they come out slighly different and I end up have to add a bit to one or the other. In fact I’m going to write it here so I can’t lose the piece of paper. Left hand side 195 mm, right 189 (my inability to craw square might be part of the problem?) top159, bottom 160.

I have another project to do before I start tintin though. I ordered two new floor frames yesterday, but am aiming not to have four projects on the go at once, it was more a safety measure because one of my frames is thirty years old, and the other one has been repaired countless times due to the assorted strains of having been drastically widened and thrown around in the back of my van every other week. I thought it might be a good idea to get spares, and my tax bill was less than I expected so I treat myself.

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