Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft show and other stuff...

Tuesday 17th September 2013.
Blimey, just realised it's a month since I last wrote anything on here..guess i've just been too busy doing stuff to write about it. There's been a sad end-of-summer feeling in the air for the past week or two and an awareness of trying to make the most of every last bit of sunshine. I had a lovely day watching waves at Rhosneigr about two weeks ago..it was probably the last warm beach day of the year and so blissful to sit watching the sparkly water crashing..the air smelt so good and all cares melted away for a few hours...
















What else has been going on..ooh yes,a couple of days ago I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft exhibition in Manchester..this must be about my fifth time I think although the first two shows I went to were held at Aintree in Liverpool. I'm so glad it's now a big event in Manchester as it's much easier to get to and on my home territory. I took both of my daughters in the hope that some of the creative energy and ideas would rub off...as expected though one of the girls sloped off to the nearby shopping centre after 20minutes where she was much happier shopping for clothes! I, however, was in my element...so much to see and do. Here are a few photos from the event...the first group are pics of a totally knitted garden. It was quite clever..even the shed walls were knitted!





Don't ask me why the pics aren't lining up straight..I don't find Blogger all that user-friendly and no amount of faffing will get them lined up properly. Grr.

Also at the exhibition were these costumes, designed by Jasper Conran for the stage show of My Fair Lady..I can see a Poiret influence there.They are certainly different from the black and white costumes we associate with the famous film.The lace on the black dress was exquisite.



There were some wonderful red dresses made by college students...(looks like the college received a job lot of red satin!)



                              There was an awful lot of quilting stuff, as you'd expect...




This woman had sewn some beautiful quilts and all those fabric flowers in vases too! So clever....



                                            I think the fabric on this dress had been felted...


I met the designer Wendy Coterill and we had a good chat.She was demonstrating with a hot burning tool on voiles
                                                       ..these were some of her designs...

                                                           There were opportunities to knit...


                                                        ...and make cards...


   ....try Decopatch...which is covering shapes and 3-D models with pretty patterned decoupage papers...



..and try things like origami and lace-making. You could also of course "shop until you drop"...wools and yarns, bags, card-making tools, beads, ooh,all sorts of things...and GLITTER!!


                                                 (yes of course I bought a bag..silly question!!)




So, a good day...I didn't spend a huge amount..only bought a pretty oil-cloth style shoulder bag and some card-making stamps..I came away with some good ideas though and they are priceless
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Don't you love these cottages? They are always calling me to paint them or make into a mixed-media piece. They are at Moelfre on Anglesey..one of my favourite local places to go for a coastal walk..



Love the statue of local hero, lifeboat coxswain Dick Evans, forever watching out over the sea where he saved so many lives....



I'm desperately yawning now..it's 1.20 a.m...so I really ought to get to bed. Hope you're having a good day whatever you're up to...ciao for now. xx