Thursday, 18 April 2019

A lovely afternoon

This afternoon I went to a felting workshop at Brigg, hosted by Sue Hawkmoon, a felt artist from Hawkmoon Crafts. My friend Lynn came with me, we booked this a couple of months ago and was looking forward to it. Joyce would have said you must go because you can't let friends down. She was like that, she never let her friends down. 
It was held in Sue's house, there were five of us, from complete beginners to those who had done some wet felting before. The table looked very colourful after we had laid our wool out in the design of our choice.  

This is my design before we started sloshing the water about.

Sue did this one.

After a coffee break outside on her new decking area we went back inside to begin the felting process, which involves hot soapy water and a lot of pummeling and kneading the wool. It's a bit like bashing bread dough about.

Five finished pieces, all different, mine is top left. It could be better, it will be better when I have added some hand embroidery and beads to it.

This is Sue's Facebook page. She has a stand which she takes out to various shows and events, and she also sells kits to make needle felted items at home.

It was a lovely afternoon with great company.   ilona

Goodbye Joyce

This is the day we say goodbye to Joyce. I have been to the church this morning, and met the family there. The service is later which I will not be attending due to previous arrangements elsewhere.

The family were kind enough to give me Joyce's poodle ornament, which stood on the hearth in her lounge. It's only right that it should sit proudly with the flowers at the church. Joyce owned seven poodles during her 92 years, her favourite breed. I will call this one Bailey poodle, the real one is happily in his new home with the family in Nottinghamshire. After the service this Bailey will sit on my hearth in my lounge.

Some of Joyce's silk flowers were also given to me, I have made the arrangement in the red vase.

Joyce was a very much loved member of the community here. Every time I walked Bailey people always asked how she was, because she was not seen very much out and about.

We had many conversations over a coffee in her kitchen, what struck me was that she was always thinking about other people. Everyone she knew got a Christmas card and Birthday card. She could recall family events from years ago, it was obvious that she was immensely proud of them.

Rest in Peace dear Joyce.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Serious message.

Stitching away here, while watching yoootoooob videos. This one has made me very sad, and very mad. An Australian film, but the message is the same worldwide. In fact the problem of what to do with plastic is far more important than bloody Brexit. It is the environment we should be concerned about.

If you have a spare 18 minutes, take a look. The tiny bit of recycling we do is a mere pinprick compared to the magnitude of the world wide problem. Countries should not be shipping their waste to anywhere else in the world, everyone should be forced to deal with it on their own land.

Lunch time, then I'm going out in the sunshine.


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Start of a long journey

A little update on the latest project. A piece of hessian, a little bit of paint, and a heck of a lot of stitching. Should keep me busy for a while. 

Toodle pip.  ilona

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Ouch, I spent some money ;o)

I went to have a look at a local car boot sale this morning. The weather didn't look too bad so I thought there might be a few sellers there. It starts at 6am, but I don't go that early. 8.30 to 9am is about right for me, after a coffee and a bowl of Bran Flakes. I wasn't there long before I had to put my hood up to keep my head warm. Not many sellers but enough. 
I was looking for something but didn't find exactly what I wanted. There was a woman who was selling all manner of haberdashery stuff so I had a root through it. Some cotton which I might have bought if it was cheaper. She asked 50p per reel. I passed on that, too dear. She is a trader I have seen before, pretending to sell her own stuff, but surely no one has that much to sell if it is their own and are selling regularly. 
Three things I did buy, total cost £2. No, I am not going to make chips, not going to hang curtains, and not going to play badminton. My mind sees other uses for these items, I think sideways. 
 I didn't stay long, just long enough to check out all the stalls. I thought I might wander around the nearby shopping centre, but by that time I was bitterly cold and decided to head off back home.

Time to put the heating on and make a cooked, late breakfast. Mushrooms, an egg, veggie burger, and garlic wedges. A day indoors I think, it's cold outside.

Toodle pip.  ilona

Saturday, 13 April 2019

The beautiful, and the ugly.

I opened up the summer house and got the dyson in there to give it a good clean, and put the cushions on the chair.  
It was a nice sunny day when I set off this afternoon, but boy was it cold and windy. I was freezing cold when I got back from my five mile local walk. 

Nice countryside, then this. The pile of rubbish looked like it has been there for some time. I'll report this to the council, maybe they will come with a lorry and pick it all up.

I was so cold when I got back, I put the heating on. Toodle pip.  ilona

Friday, 12 April 2019

Lets have a little chat.

I made a video this morning, it's a bit waffley but no matter, I do witter on a bit sometimes.

This is the start of a new art project. It's similar to something I did before, stitching onto a piece of hessian. This is a much tighter weave so the stitches will be smaller. It will take a while.

I did a litter pick yesterday, and today. I wasn't able to pick it all up, will have to go back with more bags. I often wonder if it is worth the bother, as there will be more to pick up in a few weeks time. It gets me out, and I did three miles.

This is my dinner for three days. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I'm using up the cupboard and freezer food, and trying not to buy any more until I have eaten a few more packets and tins. I don't like full to bursting cupboards, things get lost at the back. Onions, red kidney beans, Quorn pieces, and sweetcorn, in a mild curry sauce, on a bed of cous cous.

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Struggling on with sick computers.

I'm having some technical difficulties at the moment. Small computer really really slow, receiving updates but now I can't upload pics from the camera on to there. Big computer not receiving updates, noisy fan, have to turn off monitor by removing plug from mains, but works at a reasonable speed and can upload pics. It will all come right in the end, probably when I buy a new computer.

In the meantime some pics from Angela's camera, sent via Facebook Messenger.

In her kitchen.

I was on the Radio this morning, they rang me to chat about second hand clothes. Owain the weather man has been standing in this week for James Piekos who is on holiday. He is a lovely chap, very chatty, and a brilliant drummer. Here is a little video of him. The weather forecast is never boring when Owain is about. He even brightens the day up when it's raining.

Just for Jean because she didn't find the spooky weather forecast funny. . Owain drumming.

 Going to switch off now, need to walk away from it. Toodlepip. ilona

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Nine small duvets for pet beds

I guess a lot of people bypassed the second post about street art. One post is maybe enough, but I didn't want to put 19 photographs on the one post. I guess most of you didn't click on the link at the bottom of the last photograph, taking you to a short television report of the event, shown on BBC Look North, in which me and Angela had a small part. Nope, nobody commented so I guess you didn't see it.

Today I've made nine pet beds. A full size bed duvet cut into nine pieces to make smaller duvets for cats and small dogs. Only enough fabric for eight green stripey ones. I still have another duvet to cut up, that can wait, I'll make more when I have time.

Toodle pip. ilona

Monday, 8 April 2019

More street art.

Here are a few more pics of the street art at Preston Road in Hull. I might take another trip back there in a few weeks to see if more have been completed. 

We were accosted by Shirley and Joe from BBC Look North and asked what we thought of it. Well I had to tell them didn't I, ha ha. We were on the tele. The short video is on the Bankside Gallery Facebook page. Blink and you miss us.

I've had a good day in the garden today. Plenty to do now everything is growing. Toodle pip.  ilona

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Street art, brilliant idea

There's something going on at Preston Road in Hull. A housing estate has been earmarked for demolition and it has been given over to graffiti artists to do their thing until the bulldozers move in to flatten it. Today I went to have a look. Angela came along too. Difficult to choose which photo's to use so I'll split this into two posts. 
There was a party atmosphere, music blasting out, food to eat, and lots of visitors to view the works of art. The paint has been donated, and people are given a boarded up house to do what they like with it. The artistic talent is amazing. Have a look and see what you think.

What a brilliant idea. I think this kind of art could be used to brighten up the empty shops in town centres.

Bankside Gallery has a Facebook page, where there are more of these pictures. There is a short video on there as well. More pics to come tomorrow.  ilona

Friday, 5 April 2019

Plastic Garden. Finished artwork

At last this is finished, well almost, just got to cover the back. My plastic garden is where plastic grows among the weeds and grass. The plastic enhances the look of the garden, instead of making it a dump. Plastic can be seen in a positive way, when it is placed carefully on a scruffy grass verge, and decorated. This is the future, 100 years from now there will be many gardens and grass verges like this.

I have used a piece of green baize from a snooker table for the background. Blitzed it with scraps of fabric, wool, felt, fleece, and mesh fruit bags. Free motion stitching to hold it all down. This was difficult to do because it kept getting tangled in the sewing machine foot. I used an open toe foot, maybe a closed toe would have been better.

I have been collecting plastic bits for a while. The colours are so vibrant I don't like to throw them away. I made holes in them with a map pin so I could hand stitch into them, then stitch them onto the background.

Blue bottle tops with circles of coloured sticky back plastic on them, joined together with wire at the back and star shapes stitched onto them.

The swirls on the right are the curly parts of drinking straws. Stretch them out, cut off the straight bits, curl them round, and iron between two pieces of greaseproof paper. This flattens them.

The yellow and red plastic wheel is from a child's plastic construction kit.. Yellow wool wrapped around the spokes.

Yellow lid from a tub of gravy mix. I cut the flower shapes from sticky back plastic, added stitching and sequins. The long pieces are felt tip pens with the ends trimmed off.

This plastic wheel is from a pack of dressmaking sewing pins. The holes are already there so easy to sew embroidery thread through them. Centre is painted with nail varnish with glitter and beads added.

Plastic spoons from snack pack salad pots. I used a star shaped template to make the holes for the stitching.

The back board is bigger than the one used for the picture, to give it a border of 4.5 centimeters. Both boards are laced up this way at the back and the corners neatly stitched with matching thread. The light beige fabric I used for this came from a divan bed which a friend gave me when they moved house. I took it apart to use the wood and fabric.

I have screwed the picture onto the back board from the back. They do not show at the front because I put them in where the raised bottle tops are. The picture is firmly fixed.

 The coloured flowers were Christmas tree lights in clear plastic, I painted them with nail varnish.

The yellow wheel is another part from the child's construction kit. Wool threaded through the holes to make the triangular patterns. Weaving through the spokes around the centre, and buttons added.

I decided to join all the components up with red chain stitch so it didn't just look like they were stuck there separately. This chain gives it a life, the way all nature is interconnected. One feeds off another. The heart in the centre is where all life evolves from.

Phew, that's taken a long time to make, and a few hours to make the video, take the pictures, and write it up. I think I'm due for a rest.   ilona