Sassa Lynne

Urchfont Manor

I’ve written several times about teaching and taking our shop to Urchfont Manor.  Sadly, those days may soon be over.  There is more information about that here, but I thought I’d tell you about a small series of photographs that I recently began.

Clicking the photograph will take you to the first one in the series, and I’m gradually listing them all here

A recent visit  brought to my attention not just the beauty of the grounds, but also the exceptional views from various parts of the estate.  Once we no longer have access it will be too late, so over the next few visits I will take as many photographs as possible, just in case.  You might also like to take a look here where there is a link to a questionnaire.

I’m still recovering and recuperating.  Normal service will be resumed at some point, in the meantime, I’m dipping into blogs as and when I can.

‘All’ is revealed (almost)

I really didn’t intend yesterday’s post to be quite so cryptic!   Let me explain….

Being self-employed within the textiles world is not the easiest way to earn a living.  It would be lovely to think that everything produced was immediately snatched up for a vast profit, but of course that isn’t true.   So, to be invited to support a TV programme is a very welcome additional earning.  I’ve told you before about my visits to work on the embellisher machine, and when I received a phone call asking me to help out next Wednesay I presumed it was for the same reason.  However, some way into the conversation it became apparent that that wasn’t the case this time.

So… suddenly I had committed myself to supporting a programme with a product I had yet to ‘meet’.  (Hence my comment that it will qualify for being outside my comfort zone.) Thankfully one was despatched to me poste haste, and the photograph you have seen was the screen at the moment of switch on!  Here it is in all its full glory

It is fully automated, and I need to knuckle down and see if I can learn a lot about it in the time that is remaining.  Most of tomorrow is already booked elsewhere, so Tuesday is my deadline.  I have done one very tiny stitching experiment, here it is part way through

It’s late night viewing!  As far as I know it’s 10pm and midnight, so if any of you are insomniacs you will have something to keep you occupied.  It will also be online, so this means that it will be available in other parts of the world at a reasonable time too.  I’m still waiting for channels to be confirmed, so I’ll let you know those details tomorrow.

Remember the satsuma?  Well, it’s changed a little!  Here it is, taken earlier today

The stitching is much more loose, and the skin is shrinking as it dries out. I’m surprised that it has changed so much, so quickly.

That’s really all for today, but I’m just slipping in one more picture.  This little package contains an order from my Etsy shop.  There’s a little extra in there too, and tomorrow it will be winging its way to the USA.

View from the Back Door

Just Snaps

365 Days of Colour

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Wordless Wednesday?

When I went to bed last night I was convinced that today was going to be Thursday.  I woke this morning, however, preparing for it to be Wednesday.  Now that I’ve discovered it’s Tuesday I’m all of a dither.  I’m not doing what I expected later, I’m not doing it until tomorrow.  So, as it isn’t Wednesday I’m not posting a wordless post (I’m not posting one tomorrow either, come to that), but I’m going to show you a little glimpse of us all set up to sell last Saturday.  It looks as though we were in a sitting room.  Well, we were!  The sitting room at Urchfont Manor.

What fun.

I love poppies

I’ve told you before how much I love poppies, the seedheads especially.  Remember this photograph?

Well, I’m planning on adding to my collection.  I couldn’t resist taking this earlier.

I placed it onto some vegetarian silk that is waiting to be packaged.  I think I might find some inspiration even in this photograph.

Dusters Too

Well, the weather changed!  Thankfully today is ideal drying weather so all is well with my line of drying.  As I disappointed you yesterday and posted a ‘fake’ photo I can now show you the items in question!

I’m sure you can see the similarity now, and why my memories were awakened!  Vegetarian Silk is an interesting product, and there is more information here.

Patchwork Fabrics R Us

A new venture is always exciting.

I’m not a patchworker, or a quilter, I’ve said that before, but I do love fabric!  Talking to a fellow ‘fabricaholic’ a while ago I showed her some of my artwork.  Her instant response was that it would make good fabric for patchwork.  So I’ve taken the plunge and taken her at her word!

Spoonflower is a company that will take your designs and print them especially for customers.  They are based in the USA, and here are the first few that have been accepted.

Three above, and five below

You can see them all here, and there are more to come in a couple of weeks.  I’ll let you know when they are available too.  If you happen to use any please let me know.

Hubble Bubble

As the Festival of Quilts approaches things get more and more manic!

It would be lovely to be able to tell you that supper was bubbling away in the crock pot, but it isn’t!  In fact, the crockpot I’m using in the above photograph has never been used for food, and it never will……  It’s hubbling and bubbling on the studio counter.  The quality of the photograph isn’t good because the steam and reflections are getting in the way.  Is this easier to see?

I dye a variety of fabrics this way, this batch is distinctly purple, but that isn’t always the case

Above and below are some that I dyed yesterday

There’s more to do – so it’s back to the dyepot. I’m moving on to a different one now, if you are good, I might show you that tomorrow!  But then again……

Here’s today’s collage

10 Things I want to do in 2011 Day 5 and Weekly Photo Challenge

Hmm, well, I suppose reality had to kick in at some point!  There are two things that I really ought to do – please show me how to find the time (maybe yesterday’s hope will be kicked into touch after all……)

I MUST sort out my websites.

The threads and supplies are both under construction, and it’s my fault.

So, one thing I want to do in 2011 is expand my day to 48 hours – at least!

I’m taking this opportunity to feature this for the weekly Photo Challenge.  This week it’s ‘Old Fashioned’.

This is a very unusual altar at the church in Brithdir, near Dolgellau.  It was made during the Arts and Craft period, it’s copper and beautiful.  The Roman Road mentioned on the Brithdir link above is the road we take to visit the cottage in Wales that I wrote about in May.  The area and the altar are very well worth driving out of the way to see.  Let me know if you visit.

Dance of the 7 Veils

I couldn’t resist the title!  Here it is

Now, you didn’t think it was me doing it, did you?

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze

Not that there was much breeze – and just look at that sky!

I wonder where that’s off to?