Monday, 24 August 2009

Stitching and Sketching on Paper

What a busy summer and so little time to blog. The children and I have been to the One World Festival camp for a week where we have been very New Age and free. The kids loved doing Circus Skills and Tom even did a fire show juggling with lit pois at the end of the week. Needless to say my heart was in my mouth but his sense of achievement afterwards was huge!
I have kept an art journal of the week and before I came to Cornwall this week I stitched this cover after collaging, printing and putting acrylic wax on to brown parcel paper. It makes a lovely leathery surface to machine stitch on and I can add more details as I feel like it.
My journal has all sorts of painted backgrounds, text to remember the workshops by and images as well as stitch. I made little keepsake pockets for little souvenirs and business cards to stick inside. I shall definitely carry on journalling as I'm sure I will gather textile ideas this way.

Cornwall as alluring to me as ever, even though the weather has been somewhat drab.
I have carried on sketching and painting and my daughter is picking up on the idea too. I have even brought a little needle felting with me!
Yesterday we had a campfire n a deserted beach and toasted bananas and marshmallows. The children gathered the largest mussels ever from the unusually low tide and had them for tea. Tom went kayaking and squelching around in the mud - his idea of heaven!

We were all muddy and tired afterwards but came home to a warm house and baths all round! We are staying at Pollaughan Farm on the Roseland Penninsular and it is WONDERFUL.
There is a peaceful wildlife lake at the farm and I enjoyed sketching the bullrushes there amongst the sounds of the gently plopping fish and unaware birdlife.


  1. This all sounds like so much fun!

  2. Sound like the perfect holiday, I love you bulrushes.

  3. Love that bullrush picture I can see it working well as a weave of felted piece!

  4. Your time together sounds wonderful. I have enjoyed the pictures.

  5. sounds great. I love the bulrushes

  6. Your journal is going to be wonderful .... a perfect record of a special holiday.

  7. I am very envious after having spent a land locked summer.

  8. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  9. Beautiful post - I love all your images, not least your stitched collaged page. I always mean to draw on holiday but seldom get round to it.

  10. That sketch of the bullrushes would make a beautiful art quilt..don't ya think?


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