Kitten distressed textiles - there's a thought, Guzzisue. Very hard on the hands when the said kitten misses the target! However Verobirdie has a good point about regrowing the needles. I've just managed to break a hand-held felting needle - that must take talent.
Icfzx - what can those initials mean? Know what you mean about cats creeping into spaces. They are always the wrong side of doors, too. Clive often describes himself as a cat butler.
Artisue - I think you are right about colour - it's the first thing that draws me to examine a piece more closely and then other considerations come into play. It doesn't have to be a vibrant scheme though, as I am just as drawn to mono colour schemes with just a hint of colour about them.
Glad you all liked the fireworks - I've been picking up rocket sticks ever since.
I still need a couple of addresses (from Margaret and Stephanie) but most of the goodies have gone. I enjoyed the give-away and will do another one soon.
Meantime I'm sorry for not blogging much this week but inspiration struck with a vengeance and I've almost finished the text of the mixed media book. I've been having wonderful fun with the making, too. Plus getting WoW and Quiltwow ready for the September issue and lots of admin stuff.
Did manage to get out this week and met my friends Maria and Beverley at Art in Action, near Oxford, on Thursday. Beverley was over from the USA and we were her 'surprise lunch date' for the trip. Here we are in our 'when will we three meet again' mode.
I tried my book ideas out on them and got it all a lot clearer in my head. It's going to cover some 'design to stitch' stuff - taking a source, doing sketch book work and then lots of ideas for using mixed media - gesso, kozo, papers, etc. together with paint effects and, of course, stitch. I thought a good title would be Textile Interpretations: Mixed Media. What do you think?
I could see that this could go on to cover textile interpretations in a variety of techniques and media. It will be a d4daisy book, with Michael Wicks, so it may even be out for Ally Pally, although it is slightly embarrassing to have two new books out at once.
Here is some more from Art in Action. It was so good to catch up with Alice Kettle, who was looking great. Haven't seen her for ages and we spent some time catching up. Also Rachel Howard who has been doing some lovely work with schools.
I was just a little disappointed in the show this year. For those who haven't been, it covers all the arts and crafts and features the artists at work - so you get to see glass blowers, calligraphers, potters, painters and, of course, stitchers. I loved the work of Gaynor Goffe who teaches calligraphy at West Dean College. Here she is at work.
I love this style of calligraphy. Perhaps I'll send Clive on a course!
Sandra Meech had a big crowd watching her using the 'Picture This' product for design transfer. Her work is amazing.
Smudge went back to his previous human mummy for the day and disgraced himself by doing his dragon hissing act with all her cats. Eventually his cat mother boxed his ears and he settled OK. I had hoped that Stevens would calm him down a bit, but the reverse has happened and Stevens is now in touch with her inner kitten. So the pair of them are racketing around chasing balls or toy mice and arguing over a floppy fish that they both love. This was not the idea.