Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Back to school

I had a great summer this year, even if we can't really say there was a real summer in Ireland.
During my trip to Romania I managed to get burnt a bit but otherwise all is OK.

Now preparations for the autumn are in full swing. Here is a few dates for your diary, as mine are already nearly full;
  • First we have the big ''Lace Convention'' at An Grianan with the fashion show and all the fun that comes with it. I can't even imagine the good times ahead of us to be had.
  • On the of 18th September we have the cultural night in Dublin and I will be putting on a demo in The Constant Knitter. This is followed by another workshop which I will hosting the weekend after at the same location.
Bookings well underway for this one.
  • Then the weekend following that on the 3rd of October we are embarking on a new and exciting big adventure.....!!!! We start the first of many workshops in Drogheda.

So fingers cross they all go OK.
  • Then the big date for your diary 12-15th of November at the Knitting and Stitching Show in RDS Dublin.
I did it..... yes, I made the decision... I took a stand and will have an exhibition of my work.
So you are all welcome to check it out and enjoy!
Don't you let me down by not dropping by to say hello....
I will talk more about all this soon.

Happy crafting all,

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Summer , holidays and lots of work started but not finished

Long time did not say anything in my blog . Is not like I would not have anything to say just to busy doing everything at once.
Home in holiday after about 3 years was nothing different from before , had the impression I never missed anything and never been missed : ) :) .
Well... the single and most important thing  I missed are the little ones . They grew up to some lovely misses

This children are the brightest moments when I been back to my natal country otherwise all same .
Anyway the breack was very good for my eyes , manage to crochet without glasses at some stage.
Not like I am free of glasses now. I back o my job and in half a week manage to  get back to same blindness like before, I think is more blood pressure related .
I am well into finishing my Xmas lace designs . Yeah .. I know pronounced the word which everyone try to avoid right now but don't worry from September you are going to hear it everywhere in special in the adds for parties .

Hope you got the idea :) :)  ..Yeah ??... White how you think a Xmas can be ? If I give you to much info I spoil the surprise and I have to get them out by September at the Lace Convention :) :)
Hope my Santa will come by Saturday when my over 20 kg of thread will arrive in the pack which I send from holiday.
Then will be my husband's surprise which by magic transform a skein in balls.
Will keep in touch and maybe I will make'it with some pics of my lovely threads, can't wait is actually better than Santa

Happy crafting all

Saturday, 11 July 2015

New kits on the go

I really have just very little time for blogging or FB or anything else for this matter.
I am under big rush and pressure to prepare new kits for the embroidery up coming  workshop at The Constant Knitter .

Now on the top of this one I have done another one a bit more advance and I am well in the progress for the a bit one 
 Just a sneak peak before is going to be framed . Lovely warm colors and full of different stitches so plenty experience to get too.
This is just a small part so the big part is to finish the Xmas kits for the lace classes.
Will show you just a bit here too . And just so to give you an hint this lace will be presented as Xmas threes decorations .

Now... would you like to see more of  the kits? You would be very welcome to our classes .

Happy crafting all

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Workshop in Dublin city

Had a brilliant day today doing kits for my upcoming workshop which will be in The Constant Knitter in the city centre.
Been very very lucky to get lots of help from my lovely daughter so manage to finish about 15 today.
I do need to do lots more but for the moment I am really happy as I have done everything from scratch  including drawing the design in each cloth .
 And so just to remind you what is all about ...

And so to be all on trend got myself an Instagram account too even if I do not own a smart phone. My lovely daughter will try to help me .
So hope picture will shown in there as I do my embroidery as usually I find myself lost in sewing and forget to take pics as I go so she may be able to do'it as I go .

Happy Crafting All

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Romanian Point Lace bag

All the lace is finished for my first Lace bag.
I have decided I want to try my hand at doing a bag and at the moment I don't know really how to do'it but I know I have finished the lace .
Now I try how to do the lining of the bag but for the moment I still need to get my head around.
Probably I should have done a little pattern first  and then plan the lace to cover it.
No ..I start the other way around : did the lace and then do the actual bag.
You know very well the way you start the boo with the final chapter because you want to see if the hero is dying or not . 
Well I me be hat hero dead .....

As usual my pictures are not so great due to been in hurry .
I have to learn to have  more patience when I do take pictures  and  to use my tripod.
Now I have to sort out the actual bag .
One single problem . Not very sure about what colour would go nice in the back of this lace.
The color of the lace is nearly like in the picture with a very fade of greenish shade .
Any suggestions guys ?

Happy crafting all

Monday, 29 June 2015

Lace journey

Have a bit of  a busy time in the last couple of weeks . Between lace making classes and embroidery classes and a full time job I actually have just a very little time to do anything else.
 I am very happy and proud to let you know I had my first interview ever in my life  with The Irish Examiner paper and I can't believe in special when you think about 16 years ago I had not a single work in english .
Anyway very ....very happy and in special when I see the classes have been starting to fly of the grid .
Been notified as for the Lace Convention in An Grianan in September all the places have been booked and I have 3 extra in the class.

In other hand I hope you all have a great summer as I have to enjoy here every minute of good weather . this weekend it was so nice and worm I actually enjoyed a lot to stay in my little shed (studio ) and do some alterations.
Got this dress from a friend to fix out. She brought the dress to a dry cleaner so to be safe on cleaning . And the moron had put it in a hot dryer so all the beads have melted to the fabric.

 I don't know if there is clear enough in the picture above but the little frill what was going over the shoulder was having holes actually .I had to take that out entirely .

Anyway I manage to pull them out as you can see below they are totally destroyed .Not like the beads was I don't know what high quality but still ... if they had bee n designed to be attached to a garment they should have been of a better quality .
And you are thinking how much money you spend in something which pretend to be a kind of a houte couture dress
For the month is saved and is going to be worn for few more times . With this economical situation people can't afford now anymore to buy a new dress for each occasion .
 For me was a great experience and a reason to relax playing with some beads.

So hope you enjoyed your self in the past weekend so much as me and I am hoping to have the next one same as I really need some relaxing time now.
I am hoping to do some alterations to my own clothes next weekend as I notice barely if I can fit in the ones I have . For the moment still need to hang in there as I can't really afford to get new ones.

Now I have to get some other work done .

Happy crafting all

Monday, 15 June 2015

Port Marmion Trophy

What a great weekend have been the one just passed .
I have been at the embroidery guild scheduled like usual to teach the Romanian point lace .
I had to take with me few embroidered things as in the afternoon I had to go talk to the lovely Rosemary from The Constant Knitter about some workshops .

On my way to the guild I remembered about the Port Marmion annual competition and lo behold find my self submitting 2 of my pieces which I had in my bag.

After I had a hard time in the Royal School of Needlework I decided to relax by working on two small projects in my spare time, creating these two lovely pieces (above).

Well these two pieces actually had shared the Port Marmion Trophy and took me by surprise.
A very big surprise especially for the white one titled 'A Powerscourt Garden' which had been planed as I was sewing and which I completed in just 2 days.
So now I start to feel the pressure to make things better and better .
Another good day was Sunday too as I did try and manage to re-frame the blackwork portrait  trying to give it a more professional look .
Anyway is not 100% but I can say is 99.99%  ..... ha ha

Now looking at the picture I can see a bit of a light shadow between the wooden frame and the black card but I can say for sure when you are looking at the actual picture is not there. 
Well I am very happy with the way it come out so hope you will not try to disappoint me .....ha ha

Happy crafting all

Monday, 8 June 2015

Lace weekend at An Grianan

Had a lovely weekend at An Grianan with the ladies from our Guild of Irish Lacemakers .
Have been very impressed with all the work and talent going on in there .
I had a small class compared with the previous lace day in Dublin and all have been starting this lace for the first time. The single one with some experience have been my lovely friend Mildred .
Everybody  started with a small kit with a small design to get accustomed to the process of couching the braid and filling stitches
After a quick snap of pics I notice I actually have only the very busy hands doing they own things.
 This very brave hands are Mildred's hands working very busy at a much bigger design than all the other girls because now she is in an advance stage of her classes.

As we can see on the other pics the designs are a smaller size and by some experience over the many classes I was just hopping they will finish or be well on the way of achieving this.
Then surprise ... surprise. All finished by Saturday mid day and start another bigger designs or start to play around with the braid making .
I have to confess I sort of get them out of class Saturday after 5 pm which never happen with the other classes and still they was on the top of they own work .
Very very impress and so very happy as I had some time for my self doing different things and had a good chat with other girls .

 Here above I have a very quiet class of 6 and I actually was amazed how quiet they were.

 In this two pics above Maree  is modelling her lovely flower and patiently is waiting for me to give her a butterfly kit . Her hands ha a go to the braid in the process of waiting  :)

 Then here is the lovely star of  Elaine same as Bronwen below

All in all was a great weekend and I do believe a great success for the Guild .

Happy crafting all

Friday, 5 June 2015

Back and Go

I had a very busy few days ... maybe weeks in the last month .
Officially all done and dusted at Royal School of Needlework :)
Yes handed in the silk shading and the gold work projects for assessment . Now fingers  crossed all to be OK.
Now this is the silk shade in the process of been put on the card.I am pretty happy with how come out and the fact had not to much of unpicking.
Then when I took it out and turn on the back the tutor was so impress with my back and put me to take a pic of the back too.
I was not so impress but oblige and here it is
The gold work did not go so smooth as I had to unpick the cutwork on the upper stem few times. The rough purl keep cracking very fast in special when I was taking the frame with me to the hotel.
It was enough to touch slightly with the nail and was cracking .
I manage anyway to hand in the work with no cracks which I hope will reach the judges like that,  but never know .

And as a little treat I will show you some pictures from the famous screen which had been donated to RSN .
Is all hand made in crewelwork , very old and very very beautiful

This was a great source of inspiration for me and many other students.
Now I have to let you as I am in hurry to get to An Grianan for teaching Lace at the weekend .

Will be back with few more pictures of this screen

Happy crafting all

Friday, 22 May 2015

Salvaged wool and week review

A good weekend is starting with a good week finished. Very happy to find out I have finished on Tuesday my  calico garden or white work or anyway you want to call it .
I still need to figure out how to make pictures to white things :)

 This two yellow ones are the pics without the flash and then with the flash on.

 And then today I finished and nearly up in the wall the project done with the salvaged wool . I actually liked a lot to work with all this crazy colours :) ,, well this would be me ... very colourful .

Both of this projects are based on my own design and now I think is time to start up the patterns and the kits plan.
I had many times the one project you don't think so .. that is the one were they ask for a pattern . 

Happy crafting all