Thursday, 13 February 2014

February 2014

My latest trip to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show...

I was up at 6a.m. on Saturday to drive to Manchester for the exhibition which is on twice a year up here and is very popular.I always try to get there early because the traffic becomes horrendous and quite complicated with sooo many traffic lanes to negotiate and there's a risk of the car park getting full. As usual I had a daughter in tow (although she was more interested in going clothes-shopping into the nearby Trafford Centre!) and I was also meeting up with a friend-Sue Hotchkis-who had flown up from Guernsey to see one of her textile pieces which was in the exhibition. As always there was SO much to see..
Here are some costumes from the film Les Miserables...


   ...and looking a little closer these are the ones worn by Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen.The dress is very much Helena's style don't you think?


There was a small but really good textile/quilt exhibition on the theme of Hidden Histories.The first one below was the one Sue was exhibiting.. I love her use of colour ("breakdown printing"used apparently) and thread...

                                                         "Vestige" by Susan Hotchkis...



                                This one below is "Memories of Venice" by Katrina Parris...




                                         This one is "Code in Context" by Sarah Showers...




                                This is "Elizabethan designs Revisited 2" by Gillian Travis...



                                     "Karachi-Summer in the City" by Khurshid Bamboat...



                                       "Rainforest-Under the Canopy" by Mary Mayne...



                                          "The Golden Wedding Quilt" by Ann Ohlenschlager...



                                                        "Memories" by Sue Atkinson...




                                               "Only 233 to Go!" by Neil MacGillivray...




                                       "Who Won in London 2012" by Caroline Wilkinson...




                                                   "Hemmed In 3" by Linda Bilsborrow...




                                                   "The Ark Club" by Margaret McCroy...




            There were some exhibits from a machine-embroidery competition.Here are a few of them..









                        ..and a few other fab textile bits and bobs on stands around the room...







         There was a small exhibition of hats and handbags over the decades.Here are a few of them...





..and hundreds..well, about a hundred other stalls selling and demonstrating stuff like card-making (my special interest)...




          Kim Thittichai had a stand and I bought a new powdered glue product she is selling...




                 Lots of knitting..a knitted mother and child and a knitted garden in four seasons...











               Lots and lots of fabrics for all those quilt-makers and sewing enthusiasts....


I could go on and on!! I've only mentioned some of the interesting stuff. (I always ignore the neck massage team giving out free massages...they always creep me out a bit with their manic happy cheerfulness and besides, I don't like being touched by strangers!) There was a fashion show put on by a local college which I didn't have time to look at.   All in all a great day out but by the time I'd managed to escape the car park, visited my Dad then driven home in the dark and driving rain I was sooo tired. Next day was definitely a pyjama day ;-)

I don't know how you feel about tulips but I love them when they are going over..they aquire a sort of satiny sheen and a poignant tristesse..you know those petals are going to start falling silently at any moment...hush, can you hear them go?...





Yesterday, like much of Britain, we were battered by terrible raging winds which left us a fence panel down and with no tv aerial..but still, even in such a storm there were magical moments. I loved this snowy landscape...a tiny forest of hailstones on my windowledge...



It was a day for lying low, staying safe, re-charging the Kindle in case the electricity went off and , best of all, making comfort food... Tia Maria bread & butter pudding and easy-peasy Nutella cupcake brownies.Ciao for now..stay warm and safe wherever you are. xx






Friday, 7 February 2014

Friday 6th February 2014.




On Saturday, guess what, it was wild wet and windy again in Wales but nothing could stop the fun of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Bangor. Two fabulous colourful dragons entertained the crowds along with some traditional drumming..


After this spectacle finished we made our way over to Bangor Museum & Art Gallery where we listened to the most exquisite trad Chinese music played on a zither-like instrument...


..nice to see some colour at this drab time. Only a short blog this time BUT this Saturday I'm going to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft exhibition again and I can't wait!! Hopefully I'll see some pretty good textile work and accumulate even more card-making "stuff"! (I am hoping to steer clear of the shoulder bag stall this time...enough is enough!) 



  Signs of spring AND sunshine at last...dew-soaked snowdrops in my garden this morning. Happy weekend everyone. xx