Monday, August 01, 2016


Firstly a short book review:
I Can Make’ My Own Accessories, this is a book aimed at encouraging young people to start crafting/sewing; it is aimed at ages from 7 plus. For some parents it may be a great holiday project and for grandparents may prove an interesting way to start sharing ones interest in stitch. No expensive fabric or equipment is necessary.  My stitching began when a friend’s mother used to put out a scrap bag of fabric and encourage us at seven to play tailors.
I particularly like the way it is presented with pretty colours but also a nice chunky cardboard cover. At the end of the book some useful basic sewing tips are included; I know from experience that one should not take for granted that even a teenager knows how to thread a needle.
Once the basic projects are completed there is encouragement to go on and use the techniques which have been learned to design unique accessories.
The book which is published by Thames and Hudson will be published on 11th August 2016.

I have a couple of new jewellery pieces to show you:

I have continued with a little painting mostly at a weekly club and also
some Skill Share classes. I am now an Instagram addict and don't know how I managed without my daily fix. I would like to be able to emulate  some  of
the modern calligraphy examples I follow, especially combined with watercolour
backgrounds, but I can't say I have cracked that skill yet!

Skill Share class add texture in watercolour'Pearly King and his Dog':

Paint a silly Face mainly with watercolour and then app'ed on the ipad:

I had a go at transferring photos onto sea glass, could be OK with more practice:

So that's what I have been up to. Lets see what August brings.
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