Art Quilt – Birds

Art Quilt – Birds

This is the second quilt I made over the winter months, most of it sewn by hand. My sewing machines are all kept in my small sewing-room/box-room, and really its just far too cold at the moment to sit through there, so here I am hand-sewing because its warmer through here! Again this design was inspired by the designs in the new book I bought, ‘Stitched Textiles: Birds’, by Rachel Sumner. In this one I applied my own design, using appliqué techniques, and various hand-stitching. I had been attracted to the book by…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Bird Song

Art Quilt – Bird Song

Over the winter months, I worked away at various crafts, I knitted blanket squares, finally making two small woolly blankets for my cats, which they seemed to appreciate, but who can tell with cats! Then I started on a rag-quilt, my first, which I decided to do totally by hand, enjoyable to start with, before becoming arduous, and how messy! I didn’t realise just how messy it can become, loose threads everywhere! Although I did enjoy it, what I finished up with, isn’t even large enough for a cushion cover. It's currently hung…continue reading →
Tarot Blog – High Priestess

Tarot Blog – High Priestess

It took me quite a while to get to grips with the High Priestess, and still I can feel somewhat vague about what she’s saying when she turns up in a reading. By her very nature she is secretive and elusive, and not easy to get to know, she doesn’t respond very well to the direct approach, and will only reveal her secrets when she is ready to do so, and not before. The High Priestess goes hand-in-hand with the Magician, he is the outer energy, whilst she is the inner energy, he…continue reading →
Tarot Blog – The Magician

Tarot Blog – The Magician

In this rambling I’m choosing the Magician card from the Roots of Tarot, a deck I was very lucky to acquire, several years back before it became a collectors’ item, I certainly wouldn’t be able to buy it at todays price! It is one of the most beautiful decks on the market, full of spiritual energy, evocative imagery, and seeped in mysticism. Setting off on his journey, the Fool goes forth and begins to manifest his energy in the world around him, the Magician is the energy that manifests out into the world,…continue reading →
Tarot Blog – The Fool

Tarot Blog – The Fool

Recently I acquired the Celtic Wisdom tarot cards, a deck I’ve been after for ages, unfortunately no book, so therefore, I’m happy to interpret the cards as a combination of intuitive and traditional interpretations. Starting with the Fool, which is called the Soul in this deck, it’s a lovely card, as most Fool cards are, I always check out to see if I like the Fool card before buying the deck. The Fool is possibly my favourite card in the whole tarot. I consider the Fool to be light-hearted, the light-hearted fool, happy…continue reading →
Crystal Tree of Life

Crystal Tree of Life

Crystal Tree of Life Sun-Catcher How to make: Using strong wire, make a wire circle or use an old metal bracelet, I've done both, and prefer using the old bracelet, its ready made, strong and is great for the job. A softer, finer wire to make up the tree-trunk, twisting it around to add thickness, separate the wires to create the branches, add crystals to each of the branches. Bend the wires to create a knarled effect, finish off the wires and make spirals along the base, creating nice Celtic roots. There's some…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Really enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the image of the golden elephant and it went well with some old cushion covers I had stashed away in my fabric bags. I cut up an old scarf and appliqued some of the glimmering attachments. The embroidery in the panels is superb and I lay no claim to them whatsoever, this work is done in India by very skilled seamsters, the skills being passed down from generation to generation. As far as I know, the materials are gathered from discarded sari's, etc, and re-worked into…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Peacock

Art Quilt – Peacock

The Peacock with its shimmering colours, blues, reds, some wonderful embroidery from India taken from cushion covers, an old boho skirt, a multi-coloured top I wore until it became too shabby... the finished quilt hung with bamboo rod. Much hand-sewing after two sewing-machine needles broke after a collision with beaded sequins...continue reading →
Jasper Jiggle & The Shiny Things – Free PDF

Jasper Jiggle & The Shiny Things – Free PDF

Jasper Jiggle and the Shiny Things Jasper's story is about magic and remembering the joys of our surroundings. Everything is energy and Jasper encounters this magical energy all around him, and ultimately, from within.   As the sun warmed the sand, the waves cooled it down. Jasper was enjoying his stroll along Noory beach  Free PDF: JASPER JIGGLE & THE SHINY THINGS Would love to hear your feedback on this small book, please feel free to comment. *** A Magical Book for Children and Adults alike. Once you read about Jasper Jiggle's adventures,…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Spring

Art Quilt – Spring

It took me ages to complete this art quilt, it has lain there all winter just waiting for those final finishing touches. Finally over a fresh Spring weekend, I finally found the inspiration to complete the project. It reminds me of Spring moving into Summer when again the life-force bursts forward with much noise and bright light full of colour and song. A very welcome time of the year in a cold and often grey, cloudy Scotland where the winters are long and the weather is inclined to storm-filled skies. As I type,…continue reading →