Monday, 10 June 2013

A weekend with Jessie Chorley

Just a quick post to share with you the fabulous weekend
I've just spent at Hope & Elvis with the very talented

Here is a glimpse of some of her work ...

tiny stitching and gorgeous embellishments... 

using found fabrics and buttons to create stories...


and pages of loveliness.

I want to live in her work!

We started on Saturday with creating a journal 
from an old book.
Jessie sells these in her shop on Columbia Road in London.

We were given lots of ideas and inspiration before we started.

I had started a journal on last years workshop
so I decided to add to it rather than start another one.

We all got a little 'stamp crazy'!

Dresses, hearts and clocks...

with added ribbons...

I also made a page of patchwork hexagons.
These were from Sarah Moore Vintage

We had such fun just playing...

and creating...

I plan to make a 'princess and the pea' collection 
of mattresses for this bed.

We shared our stories and work at the end of the day.

Day two was all about using stitching to create a piece.
I used this gorgeous antique baby top to sew
this lovely quote I found in a quilt book.
I still have bits to add yet though.

The only other piece of work I managed to snap a picture of was
by the wonderful Mrs Bertimus

Now there is the most marvellous story to accompany this
piece if you click on the link above 
(as she tells it much better than me!)

It was so fantastic to spend the weekend with such a lovely 
bunch of ladies.
There were lots of laughs and some heartfelt stories
told through the things we created.

A great big thank you to Jessie and Louise for organizing 
such an wonderful day .

Thanks for calling by.
Love and hugs

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Where have you been Daisy?

Has it really been 5 months?
I have been reading your blogs but the voice
for mine disappeared.
I don't know where or why.
There is no excuse or reason.
It just went away.

So here is a bit of a catch up in picture form.

I've been doing lots of stitching by hand ...

and by machine.

 I've had lovely deliveries of vintage fabrics.

Christmas prep began.

A bit of sorting got done.

A bit of time out at a paper based workshop.

Little paper dollies made at Hope & Elvis

Followed by a lamp shade making course.

Then Christmas arrived ...

and I had fun decorating and spending time with my family.

Before I knew it  February arrived...

and a little hankie curtain got made.

I played with old envelopes...

and more scraps of old paper and velvet ribbon.

Patchwork hexagons came next.

Followed by paper bunting.

Then came a batch of thread catchers.

So you see I have been busy playing and making...

but not blogging ...

If you're still out there ...

Thank you for bearing with me.

Apologies to those who follow me on facebook or instagram
and have already seen most of these pictures.
I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Daisy's made a pocket with Ellie Evans

I've had the most marvellous of days at
Hope and Elvis making pockets
with the lovely Ellie Evans.
This is some of Ellies work.

Needle books and pin cushions...

Cross stitch heart brooches...

Beautiful hand stitched work in cutlery box frames ...

and stitched purses.
Her work is exquisite with
hours worth of stitching in every piece.

I had a very old piece of patchwork that I
bought years ago which I was saving for
something special.
Today was something special.
I had a go at cross stitching a heart.
It was extremely tiny.

My initials were a bit bigger
and a lot easier.

My pocket was about me and my Mum.
It was Mum who taught me to sew all those years ago.
She patiently threaded needles for me.
She shared her fabric stash so generously with me.
She encouraged me to play with fabric.

From being very little I loved them.
I remember my clothes, the fabric they were made of
and their colours.
That love has never left me.

A wider view...

A work in progress...

I want to add a lot more stitching
before I sew it all together.

There are lots of hiding places for secret words
to be added.

This is the wonderful lady who started it all.
My darling Mum.
Thank you.
A million times - thank you.

To Ellie and Louise...
Thank you for all your inspiration and knowledge
and to the mystery lady who created the fabulous patchwork
thank you for making such a gorgeous piece of work.
It will be treasured.

Love Daisy