Time to be bold!

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Some of you know that I have a blog where I post a photograph each day. It is a picture from our garden – and it is always (almost) topical and from ‘today’. Above is the one posted today, and if you want to take a closer look at it you can do so here. Don’t go there, though, if you like perfection. Don’t go there if you only want to see perfect plants and perfect planting schemes. None of these are featured.

The above post shows the imperfections in the plants featured. It also, however, shows the importance of dark and light interspersed with medium tones. Take a walk in your garden today and study the tones – do you use all three in your work? The more work I see the more examples I notice that are simply ‘safe’ by being created solely in the middle range. Be bold! Don’t fall into that trap! Contrast in tone is probably more important than contrast in colour…………

A bit of this…. and a bit of that.

The offers mentioned in the following post are no longer available.

 

So, are you coming to Canford? Do you know about Canford? If you are in the south of England it’s a show that’s worth visiting for supplies and more.  Details are in the Flyer below. If you can’t get there, though, don’t go away. Read on – it will be worth your while.

Canford Needlework Festival Flyer

I’ve spent the last few days packaging bits of this and that for the show – and for the Maltings show which is the following weekend. We will have a few special reduced prices etc on the stand at Canford, but I suddenly thought of all those that are too far to come along! I thought it was about time I did a special offer for you too, so here are a few things to chew over.

Firstly, our hand dyed viscose. You hardly need any to create a lovely effect. Sandwich it between two chiffon scarves as a surface for hand or machine stitching – add delicate slithers into embellished surfaces, use it for Nuvo Felt (my favourite use, but not the only way I use it by any means). You can also use it with a matte or other medium to make a ‘paper’ similar to silk paper – and that makes a really sumptuous surface for stitching. Why not incorporate some threads or clippings of fabric at the same time – sheer luxury. You will find the offer here.

Secondly I have put together a bundle of our hand dyed Silk Carrier Rods. Of course you could use them with the viscose – or dampen them to make a silky paper, make beads, 3d surfaces, etc. Break them down into finer layers or use them as the are….. the choice is yours. The offer is in the same place.

Silk Carrier Rods
Silk Carrier Rods

Thirdly, our very popular fine scrim is packaged in two ways.Five pieces of co-ordinating colours are included in each pack. It is really fine – and ideal for layering, or adding texture to surfaces. I love to use it on the embellisher – it makes a very interesting fabric when embellished with the viscose – the matte and shiny finishes contrast well, and stitching with appropriate threads just makes the surface even better. Take a look here for more information. The following picture was taken before packaging – it looks even better when that is done

Fine Scrim
Fine Scrim

(We also sell it in larger pieces – but this isn’t on offer today. If you are interested either comment below or send me a message)

Lastly, I thought that maybe you would prefer a mixed pack, so there is also a Value Bundle! A little bit of this…… and a little bit of that! Something of all of the above – and a little extra surprise, too. No photograph, though, because that would spoil the surprise…. Take a look here for more details.

There is also a comment about postage on the linked page. You will only pay one lot of postage if you buy more than one pack – I can easily arrange that via an invoice.

REMEMBER – these offers WON’T be at Canford – and they are only available here until tomorrow (Thursday) evening. That will give us time to take them out of stock before I go for the day.

I’ll be demonstrating at some point – and may have some other information for you too, so do come and see us on the Winifred Cottage Stand. It will be worth the visit. And who knows what we might be offering on Sunday……..?

Just a reminder

September begins tomorrow – and with it the start of a month of Be Creative prompts. Now you can join in even if you aren’t on Facebook. Take a look here for the initial details and follow the links.

Feel free to pass this information on to anyone that you know might be interested. There will be one prompt a day, some of which will be part of a series spread over several days. I hope you will join in too.

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