Friday, 29 August 2014

STITCHED JOURNAL PROJECT AUGUST

Sometimes things surprise you.
Sometimes people surprise you.
Sometimes big, hairy, beardy, aggro folk punk musicians can also get their stitch on.




I took this picture of our beardy musical friend in the summer at a boro inspired quilting workshop I was running. 
I thought a granny, floral tablecloth silhouette was a fitting tribute.
He has also been known to knit.
Do pop over to check out what every one else has been up to this month.
Love Nora xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD CUP OF TEA...

This summer I am really excited to be a guest blogger over on the &Stitches blog
The very clever guys over there write about every thing embroidery, if you haven't checked out their site yet I would suggest you go and have a look.
I have written for them before, here.
This time round I am talking about one of my favourite things. 
Tea.



Not only is it a wonderful, life enhancing, refreshing and comforting drink that brings friends together, builds bridges and heals a fraught mind, but it is also the best thing for instant ageing of your fabrics.
So go have a look at the tutorial and let me know what you think.
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 22 August 2014

MISSING IN ACTION

Hello have you missed me? 
Do I need a note from my Mum?
I have got a good excuse, honest.


I have been chained to the workroom for weeks now. 


Little old me and not one but two glamourous assistants.
One frock, 3 people, two weeks on the braid and trim alone.



In between times we managed to squeeze in a little extra Victorian bodice too.



All for this show in London's wonderful West End.
We are all now officially done in.
One glamourous assistant has fled the country and the other is running away to Cardiff.
And me?
Well, tonight I am drinking some beer and then going to bed.
Then in the morning I am going to pay some attention to my sadly neglected urchins and my poor beleaguered Mother and her partner who have been holding the fort for the last week.
Well after I have had a cup of tea that is...
Have a wonderful weekend kids.
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 8 August 2014

HORTENSIA

It would appear that summer in Brittany is Hydrangea land.
We usually go there at Easter so have never seen this sight before.
They were every where, in every garden, on every street corner.





In the most amazing faded colours.



According to my Dad's wife, who has planted quite a few of them since they moved there 8 yrs ago the soil is perfect in Finisterre.





There were even Hydrangea hedges.



This was the best we found just outside Commana, it was enormous. About 200 ft long by about 10 ft tall.
The most amazing sight.





I am now even more obsessed with Hydrangeas than I used to be ( the main reason for buying our old house in London was that it had to huge Hydrangea bushes either side of the front door)
I'm not sure I can live without a hedge of them.
Research needs to be done on this subject.
Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP.

The Ginger one had a fortuitous buy in the shop of the cross channel ferry as we were on our way to Brittany on the old summer holidays.
Lucky Lego
Much fun ensued.



Such a rugged salty old sea dog



Once my role as official photographer was over I settled down to the serious business of the day.


Hope your holidays are involving much fun too.
Love Nora xxx


Saturday, 2 August 2014

STITCHED JOURNAL PROJECT JULY

Well hello there, I seem to have been away for a very long time. 
There are many reasons why, but they are all boring so let's not dwell.
By the skin of my teeth I have managed to compleate Julys stitched journal project.


Lots of layers of fabrics in shades of blue stitched in to a wave shape. Then snip snip snip between all the lines of sewing. I then gave it a serious trip through the washing machine on a hot cycle. 
Which gave the lovely frayed and distressed finish.



I am quite pleased with how this piece turned out. But I think I needed to vary the fabrics and not just have a solid layer of each type, there were about 7 fabrics used. Possibly create the tones of the waves in each layer before stitching. Also I think I should have stitched the lines slightly further apart. It was a killer to try and cut through all those layers or often!
More experimentation is needed on this one I think.
I did also find time to play about with some layers of paper with a much simpler geometric design.


I am linking up with Lola Nova for the stitched journal project pop over and check out what she and every one else involved has been up to this month.
Love Nora xxx




Sunday, 6 July 2014

ITS THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE

Right now I am sinking under the weight of work.
This morning I am coming up for air and thought I would show you a little snip of what I've been up to.
Little being the operative word. 
Two tiny tiny matching gowns, for the same film I was working on here.
The only measurement I was given was that the babies are 63 cm long.



Now its been over 6 years since I have regularly had my mitts on a baby of my own and the only one I have regular access to at the moment is somewhat longer than 63 cm and quite a well built little man.
After a certain amount of head scratching I remembered a box of old commercial patterns that I have had for ever. 
I only keep them out of sentimentality, they were all my Mum's old patterns, and the fact I love the illustrations on the covers. 
They are mainly outfits she made herself when she was young and in and amongst them are some she made for me when I was little.



Hurrah! 
Now at least I knew how big to make the armholes and neckline, or how long the sleeves should be.
The answer is much shorter than I would have made them!
I'm afraid yet again I can't show you the finished garment, but I can show you the tinniest collar pattern ever! And give you the solemn promise to share as soon as the film is out.



Hope it's not raining too much where you are. Have a lovely Sunday kids.
Love Nora xxx