Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Regional Day update.

We have now sold all the tickets for the lectures, sorry!  If you live within travelling distance of Writtle and at a loose end, you can still come along and view the exhibitions by eleven textile groups and have some retail therapy with our traders:-
  1.  Art Van Go
  2. Benton & Johnson
  3. Craft Arena
  4. Knitting4fun
  5. African Fabric Shop
  6. The Silk Route
  7. Winifred Cottage
  8. Pandorion Beads
  9. 21st Century Yarns
  10. And of course, there will be lots of bargains on the Branch Stall.
It should be a brilliant day!!!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

It's getting closer.

Thanks to lots of help from my youngest daughter Kezzy, all 250 goody bags are packed for Regional Day next Saturday.
Today, it was up the M11 this cold damp morning and back this afternoon, with the roof down and sunnies on enjoying the sun.  Had a great day with F.E.T. making a sketchbook, mine is nearly finished, just got to make the covers, but I don't think it will be happening this week.LOL
Tomorrow, a barbq  all being well.
After the meeting, I enjoyed the Cottenham Village Festival, lovely atmosphere and live music to listen too!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

9 sleeps!!

Until Regional Day.  Yesterday, this big box arrived containing the goody bags for everyone attending
Madeira Lecture.

Not only is Regional Day happening, my daughter has her Prom the next day, so today, it is off for a dress fitting.
Yesterda,y Kezzy was 16, so a very busy evening.  At the moment I need another 12 hours in my day!!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Linda Miller

 What a busy night we had!!!
Linda Miller gave us an amusing and informative talk last night, she also bought along slides of her work, it is stunning!
She is coming back in July to do a workshop and as life has been a bit full on, I WASN'T going to do it.  BUT after seeing her work and listening to her, as there was some spaces, I couldn't resist. Still some spaces if anyone is interested.
After the talk, it was handing out Regional Day tickets and tying up all the loose ends-cant believe that is going to happen a week on Saturday!
A late night and a very early morning today, means that I have now finished writing my school reports, now to do some more paper work for Regional Day.  I have been trying to make a piece of work for our Regional Day competition, but I am not sure if I will get it finished in time.

Monday, 20 June 2011


It is Embroiderers' Guild tonight and we have Linda Miller.  Tickets for Regional Day will also be available to non-members who want to visit us tonight.  7.30 pm at Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford.

Saturday, 18 June 2011


I am taking part in the journal challenge and Katheryn who is hosting it is having a giveaway.Click on the link for more details.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Service will be resumed soon.

I'll be back posting again soon, school reports and Regional Day (which is fast approaching) and life has made little time for much else.  I am even behind on my blog reading!!

Sunday, 12 June 2011


At work on Friday I used my sons Nikon camera to try and get photos of the mother woodpecker feeding her baby.  Unfortunately, I have never used this camera before, so I had not altered one of the knobs on the lenses. Soooooo, back into work yesterday morning early, with the camera lens now on the right setting, and the baby had left the nest or been had be the squirrels. Gutted!!

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Why is it taking so long for Blogger to sort out the problem of leaving comments on some blogs?? Soo frustrating, you write a comment, blogger sends you back to sign in again, you do, back to the comment box and word verification and guess what?? back to signing in again!!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Regional Day.

Tickets are now available to the public.  It should be a good day, if you are not busy and live not too far away we would love to see you.
I had to go for a blood test today.  I was not allowed to eat or drink for 12 hours.  I don't mind the not eating but as I don't drink water unless it has been flavoured with squash, I was glad when it was time for me to go there.  I was then told it was now done by appointment only, up to 11 0'clock and I could come back in 2 hours time and if they were not too busy I might get it done then. I couldn't wait another 2 hours without  drink, plus I would ten worry about getting to work on time if they were busy, sooooo, I am now having it done next Thursday!!!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

More books.

Our young friends came round for the day today, it was social as well as for Karen and I to make some more items for their Wedding.

 First book we made is for her hen weekend in Prague, split rings have been used so more pages or mementos can be added if wanted.  We have made some deliberate mistake with some of the spellings.
 This is is the photo album for the Blessing that they are having here, in England after they get married in South Africa.
 Karen's hobby is taking  photo's of flowers, so having seen this paper and just had to have it, decided to make an album for some of her many photos, again split rings so that more pages can be added when necessary.

Thursday, 2 June 2011


At last!! I have finished embellishing the book I started on the Lynda Monk workshop I went to the other week.  Following the theme of the sewing pattern that was used to make the cover (technique for this, is on this months WOW) I used an old tape measure, coloured with alcohol inks for the tie closures, a Tim Holtz die was used to cut  the mannequin which was covered with an advert from an old Needlewoman & Needlework magazine from 1961, it was then heat embossed to protect it. I coloured the press studs with alcohol inks too, as I didn't have any black ones.  I can't wait to see how everyone else finished their books at our next Embroiderers' Guild meeting

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

A quiet month.

 Looking at May's Calendar pages, just shows how unproductive I have been!!
Family life has been quite full on, Kezzy working for her GCSE's and Mitch having lost his job has been usettled. Saturday, he got the news that his Step Nanny Marge(his sisters true Nan) had died and then his  Grandad was rushed to hospital with a severe stroke, so late Saturday night I was driving up the A12 to take him to Colchester hospital.  His Grandad died this morning and he is staying with his Nan to help her for a little while, at least until the two funerals are over.
This months pages are pink, very pink.  My youngest is 16 this month and although she is not girly, I wanted to challenge myself to work in this colour.
I made the pages by:-
Coating the paper with a base of gesso.  When dry, I used Blonde Moments Sugar Dumpling Lustre paint in Sugar Lilac and Sugar Hot.  When dry, I stencilled with white paint through 2  different Crafters Workshop Stencils that I have.  I outlined the butterflies with a fine drawing pen. Fabric ironed onto Craft Vilene for the words. Sentiment stamped on with Brilliance Lightning black and 'lace'border cut using a Martha Sewart punch.
To see other calender pages follow the link:- thekathrynwheel

Stitch/Madeira competition.

At the beginning of my Easter holiday, I had a letter stating that I had won a Highly Commended prize in the Stitch/Madeira competition, that was judged at the NEC.  Today, I had to go to the post Office to collect a parcel, and not expecting any parcels, it was a lovely surprise to find that I have won this box of threads.  I don't have a project in mind to use them on yet, but I am supposed to be working on an idea  for our next FET exhibition.  Not getting anywhere yet.
I haven't blogged much this last couple of weeks, I just haven't had anything to show or say. 
Sunday I popped up to Norwich to see my Great Aunt (she'll be104 in September), she looks so good for her age, and a not a wrinkle in sight!
Monday, I had to go to Fambridge to collect the work that Nickie and myself  had on exhibition at AVG.  When I got to Margaret's and saw how much was there I didn't think I would fit it all in my car.  Luckily it was a sunny day, so with the roof down, it was not a problem.
As I am on half term holiday, it means I have time to bake.  Yesterday I made sausage rolls and a carrot and coconut tray-bake. I cant remember the last time I made sausage rolls, so nice to have time!!