So what sparked the change? Hmmm gradual process. Tracy Underwood (great friend) showing me her meticulous quilts - hundreds of them - and realising that I loved the fabrics...wanted to roll in them, stroke them and run off with them and put them in a cupboard.
Next stage making my own quilt which was very basic but hugely satisfying.
Then realising that I am not a pattern person and need to be let loose with fabric and doing somwthing like Ineke Berlyn does with all sorts of textiles
...And now I am at the beginning of a textile and embroidery journey into oblivion!
So my cupboard is full of loveliness waiting to be stitched. I so much love the idea of texture in art that I could never achieve with painting and I feel like I have finally reached an area which could really convey what I want to get down.
My time is a great limiter with a job, three kids (including the husband), a big garden and an allotment but I am going to do what I can in all the left over time and promise myself that I need to even prioritise some days for this journey.
I think this blog is just a personal diary and some way of organising all my crazy thoughts.
You can see the things I bought today here!
Below is something a pic I really want to work on - it is a beautiful carving of an angel in St. Michael's graveyard and the day I photographed it she had a tearlike snowflake running down her face. I love it so and will work on creating a design around it.
My next big step is to enrol on a year course in machine embroidery. I can hear my husband sighing 53 miles away.