Look at this pile of stuff - where am I off to, you ask. Well it's the time of our quarterly indulgence at Urchfont Manor. My text. 21 group (or something like that) is having a session with Jane Wild on collagraphs. I can't wait. I've bought myself a Sissix cutter/press and haven't tried it yet. I am doing a talk in Worcester, straight after (Saturday) so will report back next week.
I am also taking the embellisher machine with a view to attacking this jacket. It's a per una (posh M&S) in boiled wool and I loved it but the sleeves and a couple of panels at the lower front are made from nasty black fur fabric. So I aim to set the embellisher on them.
I made a couple of little bags some time ago - just velvet, silk and chiffon. Here is one.
. Here's another.
I love the way you can do huge hand stitches like this.
That become part of the fabric when embellished.
I do hope I don't ruin it!
I may be a little late at the manor tomorrow as Clive has just found a big fat tick on his back (a gardening hazard). I got it all off, but it's as well to have the doc look at it. We had a friend who caught Lyme's desease and it was horrid.
Talking of matters medical, some of you will have seen on Facebook that I have to have operations on both thumbs. I thought I was only going for my carpal tunnel check up so it was a bit of a shock. They take out a bone and that stops it rubbing and hurting. I had the following phone conversation about it with my cousin.
Me: They take out the bone and put in a bit of gristle.
Cousin: Where do they get the gristle?
Me: Oh, they've probably got a lump of pork hanging around.
Cousin: Is that why they call it a hand of pork?
That joke probably only works if you are a brit.
Thanks for asking about the book. It's running a bit late due to the hand thing but I'll keep you posted.