In keeping with my current ambition to complete a few projects (heard that before?), I have completed a bag which I started on my last day at the Bourneville class before going on holiday. Annette wanted us all to take a botanical theme and make something. She brought in a load of books and photos and I found a nice Lalique piece of jewelry which has been translated. The bag is a bit strange because the base fabric is from a sample book of upholstery fabric and I had to take two colourways of the same design. The same design is on the other side but the leaves are all green. I did get round to using bondaweb to put all the leaves on before I went on holiday. Since returning, I have machine embroidered and hand-sewn and couched! And made the lining and the handles from a piece of my sister's batik. I am quite pleased with this and think it is going into the collection of possible Christmas presents!!
This morning I went through to Ledbury to do some food shopping and to see the Malvern Makers Exhibition at the little Gallery there. There was some incredible stumpwork including one of a set of allotments which includes a man watering his cabbages with a hose pipe.
I have thought further about making something for Small Expressions using Michael's enamels. I cannot hope to be able to weave an exact replica of the designs on the enamels. I have tried drafting using Diversified Plain Weave but am not happy. If the weaving designs can't be an exact copy of the enamels, should I put another completely different design in? I don't think so, mainly because the only unifying thread between the three enamels is that Michael made them. So I have to do a simplified version of each. Oh well, that's one decision taken.
Tomorrow I must deal with the post and then start on editting the Shuttle for Kennet Valley Guild