Thursday, February 9, 2012

catching up

 Each day seems to be busier than the last.  Is that a sign of aging and slowing down?  

Anyway I have been meaning to mention a couple of books and blogs: they are great resources when the creative juices need a boost.  So first the books.

Paper Metal & Stitch is a great feast of colour and texture and ideas.  It is by Maggie Grey and Jane Wild.

 The second book was sent to me quite some time ago by my dear friend Linda a
It is Embroidery from Sketch to Stitch by Pat Langford.  Each time I take this book from the shelf it reminds me of Linda and her generous spirit and love of all things textile.  Thanks Linda for all the inspirational chats and emails.
 I have commenced a course with Sharon B and have my supplies ready.  I am hoping this course on the use of a journal will help me to be a bit more disciplined and maybe more productive.  Have you checked out Sharon's blog.  Pintangle
In the mail today I received a parcel from Ballarat Patchwork.  These beautiful pieces of felt are just for the stash.  I use a lot of felt for lining projects or adding a bit of body to a piece.  I just love these colours and the names of them too: they are Denim, Grassy Meadows, Robins Egg, Pistachio Icecream and Strawberry Dream. This post has gone a little longer than I intended but just wanted to add one more link.
One of my favourite blogs is Art is Basic

I hope some of this is of interest to others.  It is such a big world out there in blogland and we are all so lucky to have so many opportunities to learn and share. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this.


Gina E. said...

You are so right about us being lucky to have so many opportunities to learn and share via the internet. I can never quite get over the fact that 10 years ago I would never have dreamed that I would do so much more stitching and craft at my age, let alone patchwork and quilting which I swore I would never had time to do! All because of what I have learnt from others on their blogs.

Anonymous said...

I have that paper, metal and stitch book too, pretty wild and wooly stuff in there.....xox Corrine

Wolfie said...

I just had to say I agree with you about your last sentence:) I LOVE how the Internet has changed the way we can access knowledge, products, friends and inspiration:) I love blog surfing...the only problem is that I tend to get so into it that I forget about time and what I am supposed to be doing, but it is just so inspiring:) hugs, Ylva

Linda said...

Hi Dian, so pleased to see you are enjoy Pat's book, it's a great reference. Thank you too for your kind words. I always enjoy going through my goodies, picking up pieces you've sent me. I don't have the Paper/Metal/Stitch one, but it's on my list [look out Book Depository]. Hope this comment goes through, Blogger has not been kind to me in the last day or so. Cheers.