Saturday, 24 March 2012

Cross stitch and knitted fairy

There has been lots of personal crafting going on recently:

I've been emptying the kilner jar of embroidery threads and rummaging around in my aida stash. Nothing fancy, just doodling really. I'll put it up when I've finished.

This is all the bits and pieces for a more secretive work in progress. It's a fairy but all will be revealed in a future blog post!

I've already sewn the fairy dress together since this was taken earlier this week. I've also sewn up the legs and arms. She just needs her head shaped, mouth and eyes sewn on and hair to decorate. She'll be ready for her close-up in a couple of weeks.

It's been gloriously sunny this week. I had a very rare day out to Bristol last saturday to Radio 4's 'More than words' festival. I went to the museum and art gallery where I admired what is left of the Banksy exhibition and the tapestry of Bristol. It was amazing to see all the stitching techniques - some of it had just been sort of sketched with thread. What looked like random (although I'm sure they weren't) long and short stitches to fill in the buildings looked amazing from afar and close up.

The 'how to listen' workshop with various Radio 4 producers was a copy of the training session they normally give to new journalists at the BBC and was very entertaining and useful. It's the first training session/workshop/lecture related to journalism I've been to since embarking on my NCTJ (distance learning) Diploma in Journalism and it was thoroughly inspiring. I hope they come back to Bristol again. We were told that approx 200 people had been on the waiting list for the workshop and couldn't get in so it was certainly popular.

Anyway, have a wonderful sunny weekend everyone.

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