Sunday, January 27, 2013


I started the new year armed with my Word of the year - ideas - and the best of intentions. I would post regularly - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I would show new stuff I had made on Fridays, textures and patterns on Wednesdays and leave Mondays for links to articles/books I have read and other interesting references. I would religiously add meaningful labels to each post to make them easier for me to find later. In fact, I was going to go through all my posts for the past three years and give them labels.
I have not posted regularly, nor on the days I planned to, I have not stuck to my categories, and I have certainly not added labels.
What can I say? Things change.

Here are a few things I made some time ago, that have also changed. I am not going to expect you to spot the differences, since the originals will be hard to find because .... there are no labels on my posts. 
New backing fabric - still have to add edging.

Threaded differently.

Stitched over hand-embroidered letters with machine. 

Bleached 'solid' doily to get lacy effect.

Do you also change things long after you have made them?

Friday, January 18, 2013


I finally finished this mat (for next to my bed).

Coiled crocheted cotton strips (dyed and bleached), felt, embroidery yarn.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Good-Idea Leftover Salad

I think it is a good idea to post a salad, don't you? It being a new year and all that ...
I was recently reintroduced to brown & wild rice by a friend who made a lovely lunch for us of bobotie with rice. Can't remember how long ago I had brown and wild rice, and at the first nutty mouthful I realised how much I had missed it. So anyway, I immediately tootled off and bought a packet, and made it with mushrooms. And then I thought it would be a Very Good Idea to use the leftover rice for a salad. And add the leftover prosciutto from a dish I made earlier the week.

The Good-Idea Leftover salad: rocket leaves, half a cup of cooked brown and wild rice mix, one small apple (chopped), a few chopped pecan nuts,  one thin slice of prosciutto, grilled and crumbled over the salad, grated parmesan, a little dressing.

Friday, January 11, 2013


Having chosen my new Word for the Year, I had all these lofty ideals of the wonderful new ideas I would have for making new stuff, but I seem to have regressed.
Back to granny squares we go.
Oh, well ....
Cushion covers, I think.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Textures and Patterns #1

About two years ago I started taking pictures of textures and patterns on my walks and visits. When I read Gwen Hedley's Drawn to Stitch, I realised that I could use these as reference material for interesting embroideries or fabric manipulations or any type of art making. Well, so far I have not used them in embroideries or fabric manipulations or anything else, actually, but I do think it is a good idea to show two of these photographs each week. If you want to, you can guess what they are, and where they were taken,  but most of them are pretty self-evident!

Monday, January 7, 2013


Hello! What better day than the first Monday of the New Year to resurrect my blog. I have just surfaced from an ocean of words. In fact, I am quite tired of words. But I did have to choose my word for the year, so I am not quite done with words.

I vacillated between "create", "make" and "experience", but, as usual,  in the end I decided on something completely different:  "idea" - the place where everything great, successful, and remotely fun, starts. Then I read this piece, and in particular this paragraph:

"Ideas, in a sense, are overrated. Of course, you need good ones, but at this point in our supersaturated culture, precious few are so novel that nobody else has ever thought of them before. It’s really about where you take the idea, and how committed you are to solving the endless problems that come up in the execution."       (Hugo Lindgren)

Which is quite true, I guess. I mean, my creative life is an illustration of this. Lots of ideas, probably none of them novel, and very little commitment to solving the problems. 

So then I thought that I should maybe change my word to "commit" or "execute", but quite frankly, the first has connotations of Victorian lunatic asylums for me and the second of heads being chopped off in front of toothless old ladies cackling gleefully while knitting baby shawls, s
o no, I am sticking with "idea".