Well I've got all the give-aways ready to post but I need some more addresses. Some of you have emailed me in great excitement to have won but without giving a snail mail addy. Do check or you won't get! I shall be posting on Monday.
It's finally a little warmer here and the cold wind has dropped. My daffs are a disaster. I do prefer the miniature ones but these are only one inch high. I think they popped up and then changed their minds.
Amanda said in a comment a couple of posts ago how fantastic the Twisted Thread courses in Italy are and I'm certainly looking forward to teaching at the Masseria in May. There are some really cheap flights, too, at the moment and you don't need to take much stuff - it's all provided. Click the pic on the left for my pics or go to (http://www.masseriadellazingara.com/pages/Textileholidays.html).
I've been working on some ideas for the course and here is a little piece built up from lots of layers. I love the fragile effect of the layering, showing text and a 'floating' village. It looks fantastic in a window. I have yet to add stitch - this needs thought as it must be very light and ethereal.
Here is a detail of the background before I added the houses.
It's been huge fun to do and I have lots of new techniques to show, as I haven't been teaching lately and I really miss it I am so looking forward to it. Very few places left so jump in quickly for an exciting time.
I haven't had a cat blog for ages so her is a recent excitement. Stevens is quite frail now but somehow she managed to catch a small mouse last night. I think it walked into her mouth. She let it go free in the dining room where it hid behind a bookcase. Enter Smudge - the Gladiator. One wrecked dining room later, he wore it out, caught it and ran out into the garden. I have been trying to get it away from him ever since. An on-going saga but mercifully it has now expired.
A final thought - heard on the news that the Cerne Particle Accelerator is to be rebooted. Just what we bloggers always say - if it doesn't work, turn it off and on again!