These are certainly very strange times as we watch the seasons change from our homes. Winter is now a memory and spring is well on the way. Spring is always an uplifting season as it is a time for rebirth. It is also a very busy time as the birds are beginning to nest. The trees and flowers are blossoming. The smell of the first cut of mown grass. This pandemic that is ravaging countries worldwide has made many of us stop to think. We are told to keep safe by staying indoors and distancing ourselves from others. It has also given us an opportunity to get creative.
I’m distancing myself and only going out for absolute necessities such as food and an hour for daily exercise. It is during my exercise time whilst I walk the lanes around the house and watch spring blossoming that I post your orders. The rest of my time I’m at home spending long periods in my studio dreaming up new projects for my Dorset Buttons.
My latest idea is based on the theme “take one ball of wool”. I set myself the challenge to use one ball of yarn to make Dorset Buttons. The buttons can include the whole range of designs including Birdseye, and High Tops. All will be used in different works until I reach the end of the ball. So far, I have completed one collage piece using tweed patchwork pieces and nearly finished two further pieces; a large 30cm button and a piece based on slow stitching using an old and very warn antimacassar. I still have more yarn to use up so what next?
The rest of the yarn may well go in developing something inspired by the Dorset Arts and Crafts Association new Photo Challenge. You find out more about this challenge for their members on DACA website.
I hope this terrible time will soon end and you all keep safe.
At the beginning of January I was keen to get going on a new project that I had been mulling over for a number of weeks. When starting on any project I always take my time with deciding on colours and textures. So when the decision on which yarns and fabrics had been finalised and the construction details calculated I was eager to start.
All was going so well, then disaster. I fell and strained my right wrist. As I’m right handed my project was placed on one side until the pain subsided and my hand regained its strength!
Whilst resting my right hand, and to be deterred, I tried using my left hand. Here are the results….
They are all worked on a 10cm ring using Wilton Carpet Factory yarn which I brought from their factory shop in the 1980s. I'm thinking of turning them into coaster.
I expect many of you know what it’s like to work in a confined space where all your materials, threads or whatever your hobby may be are all in boxes which are piled high one on top of the other. And each time you want something it’s like moving house with the amount of boxes that have to be moved before finding the right one, which usually was at the bottom of the pile.
This was me when I decided to build my own studio. I made a list of all the things I wanted from my studio including the masses of shelf space, enough wall space to hang my large works, lots of work table space, good lighting, a coffee machine and toilet to name a few.
My husband, Patrick, and I earmarked a piece of land that fell between our house and garage for this new timber structured building. Building work started in June and I moved in earlier this month and friends joined us to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Here are a few photos of the building work from its concept to my moving in.