Just to answer comments first. Heather: thanks for the lovely comments about WoW. I liked the collagraphs on your blog. The paint makes so much difference and I have found that it does not work at all well with runny acrylics. The extender is really useful as the paint dries out too quickly otherwise.
I am very grateful to you all for the comments on the embellisher machine. They are such fun but I think they are most useful when combined with stitching. I am also keen to make a finer fabric as the embellisher can be a bit chunky.
So I am using silk chiffon as a base, with applied silk fibres and fine stitching. I do plan to make a jacket, Lynne, maybe more than one. My tailoring skills are not great so it will be a very simple pattern. Also quite hooked on the idea of using knitting on a finer embellished surface. Chunky knitting to give a contrast. Sara Shinton has an article in the March Workshop on the Web on making and using strips knitting and I'm hooked - see below.
Not very sharp pics as I am using the tablet for this post but you get the idea. It's all such fun and is taking up so much time but I haven't had a big project on the go for a while so it's good.
We have a paranoid sparrow in the garden. He started by attacking his reflection in the car wing mirror (not to be encouraged) and moved on to the sitting room window. I was watching this pantomime unfold from the comfort of my chair. He disappeared, only to return almost at once for a repeat performance. By now, of course, someone else was on the case, and his third attack revealed a huge cat face on the other side of the glass. Haven't seen him since.