Sunday, 30 November 2008

Latest acquisitions and so on

Just saw a post by Sharon B over at Pin Tangle in which she expresses her amazement that December is already here. Well, it may still be November for another couple of hours in my part of the world, (she's in Aus and I'm in the UK), but I can't help but share her sentiments when it comes to the 'where has the year gone to?' stuff! I counted up earlier and realised, to my horror, that I've only done 3 decent scale stitching projects this year! They were the 'Branches' card, the 'Ornamental Pool' and the most recent hardanger cushion. Other than that I've done 2 small pieces - a ribbon work piece that ended up in a card and a goldwork dragonfly that I've yet to think of something to do with - finished off an almost competed cross stitch of some bluetits and sewn up a cushion cover. Unless you want to count in 6 completed C&G course samples and another 4 in progress, that adds up to a great deal less than previous years. I confess to being rather disappointed, especially when you compare it to the amount of pieces that Grace puts out.... Oh well, let's hope next year works out a bit better on the productivity front!

I went to the big Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate last Friday and was quite controlled when it came to stash enlargement activities. Actually, if I'm completely honest, I've got so much (and looking through my kit box the night before helped me to remember that) and I've seen most of what's available countless times, that I really didn't want to buy much. I just settled for 10 pieces of various silks. There are 3 fat quarters here and the others are all 10/11"x11/12" sizes. There are some with patterns on as well, which I'd never really seriously considered using, but experimenting stitching on some patterned fabrics for my C&G has helped me to be more adventurous. I want some 2 or 3 of the pieces here for something I have in mind for my final assessment pieces - a rather natty idea for a jewelry box, but I won't say more just yet, so all will have to possess their souls in patience until I get to that stage.=)LOL!

I also finally capitulated and bought some acrylic paints. They seem to be on the equipment list quite a lot for my course and, as I hadn't any and didn't really want to get any more art stuff, (by which I mean not start any new types of stuff, so don't wait for me to get oils, 'cos it won't happen!), and I knew that these paints needed different brushes from my watercolour ones, but I see I'm not going to be able to use my cheapo Taiwanese gouache all the time, so I got this starter kit yesterday and I didn't think it was bad for £10. It's not professional quality, but I really don't need that at this level. I plan on borrowing a beginners' book from the art library sometime this week to help me know what to do with it!! I also got some more pastel pencils and here are some of the lot that I got recently. I love this type of medium and usually plump for it when there's a choice. I was rather annoyed to find I'd duplicated one shade though.....=( Silly me!

Recently I collected some old things from my mum's place (she's been clearing out her attic pretty thoroughly) and managed to bag an old jigsaw that I remember being given many years ago, (about 25 years, I should think), and made it up again the other weekend. I did enjoy that! There was one edge piece missing at the top, so I cut one to shape, coloured it in and shoved it in. Can you see it??=)


sharonb said...

Elizabeth I swung by to say thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about that beetle (you did not leave an email addy hence my message here)

i do envy you the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate as I lived in London for 12 months and was lucky enough to go one year- it was great. Mind you I think I envy the V&A more !

Jane said...

I got some paints other day to get me started again and I tried some pastels (they are messy!) but I think I might need to learn to draw first as don't know how i cna just paint something with a sketch first. A sister who is an artist told me acrylics are best for beginners as they can be painted over if you make mistakes. You can also buy oil pastels.
Love Jane

Stitchingranny said...

I do not think you are alone in wondering where your time goes. I sometimes have a whole day (once in a while) in which to do my own think and at the end of it I often wonder just what i did.

Chiasmata said...

Hey, I hope you're enjoying your new toys! Paints also look so fun to play with. I just adore the patterned silks you picked up too, they're just beautiful.

Your jewellery box idea for your final assesment sounds intriging. :)