Quick burst of creativity



There is a nice part of Bristol called Westbury Park which has some great shops, like a proper baker and a tailor that does alterations, and the very lovely Heart Space Studio.  This year the local church is running a sort of treasure hunt in which the Bethlehem shepherds have lost their sheep and the children have to find them in local shops.  So the participating shops (and I shall not be using the non-participating again any time soon) have a sheep with a name tag in their window.  I am not sure if the shops had to provide their own sheep, which they might have done as the sheep were all shapes and sizes, but some were really obvious and some made you look hard.  My favourite, though, was definitely the fancy dress shop which decided to dress theirs up as Johnny Depp.

Nice use of creativity all round, and the acceptable face of craftivism.


In which we discover that our blogger is a cheat


By the time you read this, the challenge that I have been taking part in will have been revealed and so I can show you what I have been doing.

The challenge, at my quilting group, was to take a postcard as inspiration and then make a piece of work A4 or smaller based on it.  In the next round, someone else gets your piece to use as their inspiration and you get another person’s.  The idea is to see how far away from the inspiration you get in four rounds.  So I have made four pieces, including the neckpiece I blogged about last month.

Now, this month I completely forgot until almost the weekend, which I was away for.  Then I came down with a nasty cold.  So, problem.  The inspiration I got was a lovely seascape with boats and cliffs and things, but with sunflowers on the bottom right.  I thought it would be nice to do something based on sunflowers, but ran out of time.  I had to cheat.  Then I remembered that I had an old piece with sunflowers on which is in my drawer of finished work that never found a home/and/or samples.  So I found it.  I think in the end it was a good thing, as the sunflowers are a lot more interesting than the ones I would have made would have been:


The sunflowers are really easy to make.  You mount some scrap fabric in a really tight embroidery hoop, mark a circle and cut it out.  Make sure the fabric is in the hoop when you cut or you will never get an even circle.  Then you free machine from side to side over the hole and then in a circle in the centre.  Then you cut it out and embellish as you like – or not.  This is my diagram:


They look really good done in variegated threads.  I can’t remember where I learned this technique – so if you recognise it, please leave a note in the comments.

There is a grass/fringe effect in the piece and I have no idea how I achieved it:


Quite a lot of it is painted paper a la Sandra Meech:


With some of the handwriting that she recommends to put in.

So, it is a cheat, but I think that actually it turned out quite well, and better than a quick botch-job which is so often my approach.





I dare say that people reading this blog all know about Spoonflower  (http://www.spoonflower.com/).  I am always the last to know.  It’s a site which prints your fabric designs on a variety of fabric or paper.  I have often wondered about having some of my photos printed on fabric, but the main reason I mention this site is the gorgeous fabric you can buy – because this site allows you to buy other people’s designs (and you can make your own available for sale).  The horse fabric is just gorgeous, for example, and I could have spent an absolute fortune.

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Perfect time waster for a Sunday afternoon.