Boxing Day

Are you all recovered from yesterday?
I’m finding it hard to wake up today, may need a third coffee….

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Yesterday I lit my special candle along with other friends – a group of us who gather in spirit and in a yahoo group.
It wasn’t long until the fire was lit too. 

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More hare/bunny presents.

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After lunch we played the Santa game (from the crackers), last year we were racing reindeer.  
Wonder what next year will be? 

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Today is wet, muddy and cold.
This was the ford about 11am.  Usually you can walk over but today it would be above my head.
And its still raining so we’re keeping a close watch. 
Hibernating and munching left overs, keeping warm and chilling out are the order of the day. 

Three hares dancing….

 …. and celebrating Yule!  Happy Solstice everyone.
(OK, I’m a few days late posting this but I did write it at Yule!) 

The sun is coming back to us here in the north!

The first set of three hares is finished and I can’t wait to start more after the holidays…. and when I get my glasses sorted.
I have new ones as I knew I was struggling to see this close sewing.

Unfortunately the new pair have not lived up to expectations (nor price).
One lens is perfect, the other not in focus and the earliest opticians appointment to check the prescription is 5th January.

And I want to sew more hares 😦 

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And a new throw finished…. worked on over 5 years.

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At home I’ve been enjoying making my own wreaths from home grown willow and holly.

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More hares……

Have become addicted to goldwork hares……  

The third hare is now underway – this time in gold.

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Notice he’s a different shape to the others?

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And the dreamy Instagram version

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The “forest” is collecting more baubles.
The advent calendar is disappearing….. 

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The Copper Hare

 Work continues on the hares.

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The second hare is all copper coloured.

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I love the flowers…. but wonder if he’s missing some gold?
(As a friend said this week – missing the “Cowans Bling”!) 

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I’m now really happy with the first hare – those extra spirals make all the difference.
And the second hare is complete. 

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And the Instagram version.
Have you realised I won’t be able to stop at three? 

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We don’t have the “big” tree yet, there were plans to fetch it today, but everyone is either out, preparing to be a taxi driver (no surprises who that will be) or getting ready for a hot date.

I have my own little forest this year.
This fabulous new addition – five birch trees and each day I add a new mini bauble.

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Markals, gilding and gold leaf experiments.

So we know we have goldwork hares for the top of the dress…. what about the rest?

How do markels (top) and “Goldfinger” gilding cream (bottom) react on the heavy cotton velvet material?

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The gilding cream is lovely and very subtle.

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But for something with more…… impact….
Looks like gold leaf will be the answer.

Very exciting!! 


Textile groups and tutors list

Can  you help me make an idea to help all textile artists and enthusiasts come true?

Did you know that I set up a list for all the textile tutors and groups in the UK?  
All disciplines from embroidery, quilting, knitting, felting, spinning, weaving etc…..

It was a mad idea on a wet Monday morning back in the summer and its gone from strength to strength since.    
Almost 200 people or groups are now registered.
And we have almost 800 members of the Facebook community.

If you are a tutor please come and register – there is only a small nominal fee of £5.

Groups are FREE to register.

There are simple online forms for groups and tutors. 

I’d love this to be a really comphrensive database of all the textile people and groups in the uk – including tutors who are willing to travel to the UK.


Facebook HERE 

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The next costume in the planning….

Even whilst working on one project – The Green Dress – my brain is away working on the next project.
Just gently mooching in the background…..mulling over ideas…..

Sometimes life just throws you the right thing at the correct time…..
Look what came up for auction….MORE velvet curtains in a  gorgeous russet colour.

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Well, what’s a girl to do when the universe turns in her direction?

Bid on a set of curtains of course.

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And arrive home with more than expected, four curtains, yards of pelmets and a box of extra fabric.

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Cut and ready for washing.
So much I could hardly lift the bag.