There has been crafting aplenty!

I’ve been doing an art class this term, on my day off, and it is SO MUCH FUN. It’s a perfect reason to get up, get dressed and leave the house. We laugh a lot. We play with colours and shapes and patterns. We sometimes make things we’re amazed by.

Here’s the sketchbook I made in the first week. Acrylic paint, finger and the edge of an old credit card:WP_20160115_002

 

And here’s the first pages of the sketch book, done the following week. Drawing ink and the wrong end of a paintbrush: wp_20160122_14_28_28_pro

This week we were making patterns:

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This wasn’t in the art class, this was a screenprinting workshop I did a couple of weeks ago with some friends. Everyone made something really beautiful and they were all completely different. This was my giraffe. It’s called “Giraffe”.

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Finally, I have finished this embroidery based on a doodle by a friend of mine. I sent her the finished piece as a surprise. I don’t seem to have a picture of it when it’s finished, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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At half term I went up to Chester one day for an RSN workshop at the cathedral. We were working on silk shading/needlepainting/long and short stitch, which is a technique I’ve never really got good results with before. I think I am starting to get the hang of it. This is how far I got during class:

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And last but definitely not least, I AM DECLARING SPRING. Today I did a little bit of garden tidying and planted some spring flowers.

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Phew. That’s a lot more than I thought. I’ve also been making some progress on the doll’s house – I’ve rehung the front so that the door is on the same side as the stairs which makes a lot more sense to me. I’m working away on my knitted hoodie, and I’ve started a new embroidery project.

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Spring may not have quite sprung, but it is certainly springing up round here today. The sun is shining, it’s warm enough to hang the washing outside, and I’ve opened my windows wide.

Here’s some glimpses of spring in the garden:

Crocuses under the lavender:
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My faithful hellebores, who bring the first pink of the year into the garden:
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View from the garden, with lambs gambolling:
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This might not look much, but every year it makes me happy to see the bleeding heart springing up. It grows so fast and is so pretty. In a few weeks there will be a whole bush full of bright pink heart-shaped flowers:
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