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I know I haven't been showing much lately...

...but there's still a lot going on behind the scenes here.

Much is to do with a book in progress....

...so, sorry, but I can't reveal anything to do with that.

I can show some more Sashiko/Japanese Inspirations work for the two Summers Schools ...

....in Yorkshire this year. NE Region and Yorkshire & The Humber in June and July

This is a Sashiko Sampler that I have enlarged...

...machine-stitched done in different colours...

...and then added hand-embroidery.

I like it!






You'll notice that I added some applique and lengthwise binding too.

(...have to admit that it's quite rare for me to finish something off like this!:-o   )
Have a good week folks...
x C
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As you know......I had a stand at Aiguille en Fete in Paris early in the month.

We left home with the caravan on Sunday 3rd.....in order to sail Monday 4th.....

...but...

...had a tyre blow on the M25....

...so missed our scheduled ferry.

Got to the other side at Dunkirk as opposed to Calais....

...managed a few hours sleep (just as well)...

...before becoming stranded in the carpark of Leclerc at Boulogne with a burnt/shredded caravan tyre after the suspension/motor-mover had become displaced....as we now know....at the petrol station in Dover!

We had to find a garage that would be willing to deal with a caravan...and, that done....we left our Rosa in Montreuil....and stayed in a gypsy caravan on our campsite in Paris so that we could continue with the show the next day!!

Set up was somewhat stressful but we did it...

...and the show went well (Thank the gods).

We met some lovely people....

...and came back with a lot less stock...

...and a book contract!

YEY!

Lots of work to be done....but happy to do it! :-)



My girls!




Tile panels...




Scroll pockets...




Chantal :-)




Three lovely embroiderers...




Chantal James doing her Bayeux Tapestry work...




We managed to get back into our caravan on the Monday after the show...

...and had a more restful week at Montreuil.
Hope the next one is less eventful :-o
x C
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All of my packs/kits are now finished and packed ready for Paris....

...and my stand sign has been cut n stuck!


Jobs done...

...I have been playing around with some pages for my Summer School/workshop at Busy Bees...

...Indian Adventure book...

...and I'm loving the colours!!






Hey Ho
x C

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Well done to all my lovely ladies who took part in the Gel Plate workshop at Busy Bees last Saturday!

What beautiful work was produced...

...and, I'm sure, enough to keep them occupied for the rest of 2019!!! :-)

The results...











Thank you for another wonderful day girls!
x x x   C
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Well...

... after finally sorting out "the paws"...

...which had driven me mad for ages...

...the girls are ready for their trip to Paris...

...where they will grace my stand L050...

...at Aiguille en Fete (7th - 10th March).


Sorry about the mess in the background...

...but I have no time to compose fancy photos right now!! :-)




I had intended to get a few more done...
...but...
...the best laid plans of mice and women.....
x C
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...doing teeny tiny stitches and beading....




My bathroom is currently full of canvas panels...

...either being covered in tissue paper...

...being glued.....
...or being painted.
Glazing and stencil work to follow...
xC
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...and even more Brooches! :-)

Here is one of my famous "piles"....

...all ready for Aiguille en Fete in March.



There are many, many more besides these....
...so that's a LOT of stitching and beading!!
x C
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...with its grasses...

...and thistles....



A few more to go...
x C
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Foxgloves and grasses...



...so enjoying these tiny French knots.....
xC
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It was a "play day" around here yesterday...

...messing about with Gel Plates....ink pads....brayers....and polymer stamps...

...making some samples for my workshop at Busy Bees on the 9th of Feb :-) (Sorry it's full!)

I had already done some 6 inch round pieces...but wanted to do some a bit smaller...

...so these are 4 inches (10.12cms) and have turned out rather well methinks.







I brayered the background on the plate...

...transferred this to some Empress Mills Egyptian Cotton... (which is soooo fine that you can hardly see the grain!)

...then used some of my delightful Lavinia Stamps to put on top.

After everything had dried...

...I put some stabiliser and a backing fabric in place...

...and did my stitching using a hoop - yes.....a hoop (not normal for Chrissie but necessary for such tiny stitches).

This is just Number 1
...so keep tuned for the rest...
x C
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