Day 25

Today was the third day of the stitch retreat, a great day. Some quick lessons learned, with more notes to follow: I much prefer landscape to portrait, and large to small. I enjoy collaging onto canvas, apparently, but need to work on it a bit more to improve. If you call them colouring in, sketchbooks can be fun! And some pictures, which might get accompanied by words later.

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Day 24

It’s the second day of the Stitch Retreat, and I’ve learned some important things about myself.

Currently, when gelli printing, I’m far happier printing in one colour, adding other colours in on later layers with dye and neocolour 1s.

I like the smallest gelli plate size to build up larger pages, patchwork style.

Pink and orange go surprisingly well together. I am more of a fan of the secondary colours together than primaries.

And it’s surprising how long you can spend just printing with one colour, half a (real) pear, and a pile of stencils.

Now, some photos, without commentary as I’m shattered and we worked/played for almost 12 hours today!






Day 23

Today is the first of three days at a Stitch Retreat with the marvellous Hilary Beattie, so there has been plenty of opportunities for creativity, as well as opportunities for profiteroles!

We spent the evening making textured papers and canvases, which we’ll work into tomorrow.




My little men have made an appearance here.


I also textured up some tags.

Looking forward to tomorrow, but now, sleep, so I’m rested and raring to go tomorrow.

Day 22

Today has been a long day, with a training course, a 2 and a half hour hour train ride, then a lovely meal with my husband. That meant that today’s creativity was a simple 15 minutes of seed stitching in variegated pink (because that’s what is in my sewing bag). It’s going to turn into allium inspired flower heads, probably for a card.


Day 20

Today I traveled to York for work, and I’ve spent a happy evening sat in the pub which my husband’s parents ran when he was a boy. As my creativity for the day I sketched this Jagermeister bottle on the table, with its coating of drippy candle wax.



(Can’t work out why this photo is sideways! )

I’m pleased with it. The neck of the bottle is too short, but the label, base of the bottle and wax are good.

Practice makes, if not perfect, certainly improvements and happy half hours sketching in pubs.

Day 19

Today’s 15 minutes was squeezed between getting home and heading out to see friends for dinner and boardgames:


This running stitch/kantha square is now finished, and I’ve decided that, given that both this square and the webs and wheels one have French knots on, I’m going to add some to the fly stitch square, to tie them together.