Study - update

Those courses that I am doing are throwing up some interesting things.

I entered into "The Power of Colour" thinking it would just be a refresher course but lots of interesting things are surfacing.

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 I don't remember the colour theory as well as I thought I did.  Time to switch my brain on again.  I even got one of the answers wrong in the test.

The science side of how we see colour is really interesting.  I'm not a great user of twitter so I missed this discussion about just what was the colour of the dress.

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In the material on the course I saw it as blue and black but the lecturer saw it as white and gold.  The science behind this is really interesting and women see colour better than men.  No surprises there.

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I have also found some great books.  I can find them for sale in the online shops but not in the Council Libraries.  Next stop is to see if they are in the University Library. Written by  Michel Pastoureau and the most notable is "Black: the History of a Colour".  This book looks at the 'Social History of colour and is great if you are interested in fashion, art, media or design.  There are a number of books in the series and if I am not able to get them at the library I am going to become very poor!

It's good when something exceeds your expectations. 





Ta Da!!

I've finished stitching the Kogin cushion cover, just have to block it and make it up now.

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I have also got back to my Portugese Cross Stitch and have started on the scissor case.  I have already stitched 2016 on the box so I have to get the rest of it finished before the end of the year.

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One day it is cold, the next hot.  It is dry and you have to keep watering the lawn or it turns yellow and dies.  But everywhere I look there are flowers, new bird chicks and butterflies.  Perfume rises from the flowers filling the air.  It must be spring.

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Exhibition at Craft Fair

There was an exhibition at the Craft Fair featuring the work of  Akiko Ike.

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(I did make a video of her talk but it was too long to upload.)

Her method of stitching "Chiku Chiko", which is taken from the sound the needle makes as it is pulled through the fabric, is very simple but falls into that catagory of stitching that makes it very relaxing to stitch. 

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But it was Akiko's personality that shone through.  She is irreverant and funny, has great style and this all shine though although she speaks no English.

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It was the details that made this talk so interesting.

The fact that she couldn't sew as a child but came to it at 60 years of age and has been stitching every day since and she is now 74 y.o.

Her hands.

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Her sewing box.

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And the fact that she kept her cottons in a colander.

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I can see why her techniques have become popular.

Here are some interesting links about her work. (lots of images)

Crazy Sashiko 1

Crazy Sashiko 2



These was also an artilce in Quiltmania Issue 100




Week 12 - Placemats for Charity (enforced rest week)

All I could do this week was look at the pieces up on the design wall.

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I have now got my machine repaired, it was a screw that had come loose and lodged somewhere where it stopped everything.  But I got it back too late to do this weeks place-mats.  So no sewing and the weather hasn't been very good but today the winds dropped out and the sun shone.

I saw an elderly couple down in the BBQ area cooking some sausages when I went out for a walk.  Then on the way back I spied them hand in hand down on the beach.

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They had left their Eski at the top of the sand and gone paddling.

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Simple pleasures are often some of the best.