An Announcement from Busy Bees

I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I occasionally teach a workshop in South Wales at Busy Bees in Newport. Sadly a fire destroyed their premises earlier this month. They are trying bravely to put things back into some semblance of order, and to that end I have today received the following.

‘If you haven’t heard already there was a fire at the shop on 14th December, all the details are here: http://www.busybeespatchwork.com/2013/12/the-fire.html

 We know that there are many people other than ourselves who have been totally devastated by this. In order to meet up with as many members of the Busy Bees family as possible, we have booked Duffryn Community centre for a week at the start of January to reconnect. The details are here: http://www.busybeespatchwork.com/2013/12/the-return-saturday-4th-january.html

We would like everyone to come along and see us on Saturday 4th January to re-connect and let us know which classes they are booked into. We have made a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/278421975638493/

 Please forward this information to everyone for whom Busy Bees means something. We are unsure of what the future will bring, but we want to keep as many people in the loop as possible.’
Please pass on the news.

100 Steps

It’s cold, very cold, and more snow is forecast. I need cheering up, so I’m looking back at a lovely day last year when I taught in Worthing in W Sussex. We all poured out onto the streets to do our ‘100’, this part of my collection.

The captions are on the photographs. If you click above you will see a slideshow with the comments displayed.

Thanks for taking 100 steps with me. If you would like to join in full details are here, leave a comment below and I’ll come and visit.

100 Steps – looking back

I mentioned somewhere that I sometimes use 100 steps as a tool when I’m teaching. I haven’t had time to take specific photographs this week, the days have been filled with preparations for the family get-togethers in a couple of days. It seemed a good opportunity to show you the pictures that were taken on such an occasion, at a beloved venue that sadly is no longer operating.

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Urchfont Manor closed in September. It’s fate is still unknown, but in the meantime it is left to rot. An ideal situation if your aim is to pull it down or convert it into flats. The pictures were taken on a misty day in March of this year. The object was to look at analogous colours and textures. There is one picture with a touch of contrast. Can you see it? I’ll share other pictures from another session at a later date.

I hope you will consider showing us 100 steps from your week. Full details are here, where you can also find a link to other posts in the series. Don’t forget to leave a link below if you find time to join in this week.

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Special Photo Challenge – Inspiration

Unpredictibly, WordPress threw in an extra photo challenge. What inspires you to blog? Well, if you know my blog you probably know that I have more than one, so this post is really to explain why I have so many, and to hopefully give you just a little insight into what makes me ‘tick’. I don’t often post pictures of myself here, so make the most of these! The next might be a long while coming!!!

Many of my blogs relate to my teaching. I teach adults a variety of textile subjects ranging from the embellisher (a needlefelting machine) to dyeing

with not so swift passes through journalling, and various stitching techniques. These have resulted in a constant hunt for inspiration, and as I find it I photograph it!

Somehow I find myself in all sorts of strange and unexpected places when I do all this

I’ve met some wonderful people, each one an inspiration in themselves.

Home and family are very important too, from the oldest family member to the youngest

I enjoy my time with them, and whether at home or away there is always something to blog about somewhere.

Similarly, meeting up with friends and colleagues brings back memories, and I’ve shared many of them on this blog and on others.

Blogging inspiration can be found anywhere if you look, if it seems mundane, just try to add a touch of humour to the post. Even something like a meal with friends or family can result in an unexpected post.

I believe that surroundings should be your main source of inspiration, so to this end I recently began to investigate an area in close detail. The first few results can be found here. Maybe you would like to join me? To paraphrase Piccasso: ‘Inspiration comes, but it has to find you working.’

That’s why I have so many working blogs!

Check out this link too to find out more about some of the other hundreds (thousands?) of WordPress bloggers: and the following to find some related articles

The Proof of the Pudding

Do you remember my sleepless night?  Well I won’t hold it against you if you have forgotten, but as a result I produced these

They should have stayed bottled for longer, but we opened  them on my recent course. Here are just a few of the results.

These are rose leaves that have become imprinted into the fabric,

and these are from nothing other than paper fasteners.  They worked, that was the important thing, and now they can be developed further.  If you would like to try some safe experiments, maybe with a child under supervision, let me know and I’ll give you the ‘recipe’ for something that will definitely work.

Oh, and do you remember the ‘Crumbs‘?  Here’s the result

Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple

Goodness!  Purple!

Having just returned from a few days teaching dyeing, you have no idea how appropiate this is.  In fact, once the photographs are fully downloaded I will probably have enough pictures of purple for one a day for a month!

This one was taken earlier today.  After dyeing we decorated the flora in an attempt to dry as much in the sun as possible.  These two ‘got away’!

Full details of the challenge, and lots more entries, can be found here.  Other photographs taken during the same dyeing session can be found here and here.

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Yes, they do look like crumbs, don’t they, but they are in fact the contents of a teabag!

Just one of the things I’m happily playing with while I’m teaching at Urchfont.  I’m there for the last time, so my camera will be as hot as the dyeing water.  Back soon with more pictures here and on Just Snaps.

What’s cooking?

So, what did you do at 2am this morning?

Well, I couldn’t sleep.  I didn’t go to bed until after midnight, but I had a recipe going round and round in my head, and I knew that it would carry on like that unless I did something about it.  All was still and quiet, so I could concentrate, and that’s what I did.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – and quite a lot of the other, you know the sort of thing I mean.  By 3.15 it was all bottled, and now we just have to wait.

Now you didn’t expect it to be edible, did you?  It’s a wait and see recipe, so that’s the cooking part.  It won’t be opened until my dyeing course which happens in just 10 days. It will be quite exciting to see what has happened.

That’s all I have time for now, you see the milk is just about to boil over…….

……… and I need that for my calico!