Friday, 24 April 2009

Harrogate and Happy Post

Yesterday was a glorious Spring day and I enjoyed it with my Mum on a coach trip to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. My Mum has long enjoyed flower arranging so she was keen to see all the Floral Art entries and we spent a lot of time admiring the beautiful displays on show. While I don't know much about flower arranging I did enjoy the beautiful flowers and needless to say kept my eyes open for texture and pattern in the exhibits. There were lots of design ideas that could be transferred to fabric/textile art and the collage above shows just some of the inspiration that caught my eye. Can you spot the headless woman? Oops! Mea culpa! You might also notice my little mummy checking out her camera. Aren't the 'planets' amazing? They are all made of natural materials, including in one instance, painted cabbage leaves! I kept returning to this stand over and again, there was so much to look at.
Our latest swap over on the Yahoo group MixedMediaATC_UK (link in my sidebar) has involved making Ruby Dolls and today I have received my doll from Sue.
Isn't she beautiful? Sue has paid great attention to detail and has added little shoes and necklaces and earrings. She is delightful!

Sue also included some pretty bias binding and a small pouch and card. I have not seen printed bias binding before and I shall enjoy finding a project to include this in. Sue's lovely ruby doll has already met her counterpart who will soon be on her way to Sue but I can't show you her yet or it will spoil the surprise for Sue.
Studio update: no progress :o(
Tomorrow I am planning to go to Moulton near Spalding to see an exhibition by Mill Quilters and Friends at Moulton Windmill (you will need to scroll down to see the Lincolnshire entry). It is their first exhibition and the Mill will also be working so it should be a good trip out. We're making it a girls' day out but I think my DH would probably have enjoyed it for the Mill photo opportunity. Oops!
Whatever you are all doing, have a lovely weekend. Can you believe we are nearly at the end of April?! Where did the month go?
PS I nearly forgot! Good luck to everyone competing in the London Marathon on Sunday and in particular to the runners from Grantham and to Silverpebble's husband who is running in aid of Headway. There is still time to sponsor Andy by clicking on the link in my sidebar to 'justgiving'.
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maggi said...

There are some awesome exhibits in your collage. Looks like it was a good place to be.


I love your mosaic Julie, lovely photos and nice to hear you and Mum enjoyed yourselves and were inspired

The Ruby doll is gorgeous - I like her cute cheeks and face and attention to detail, as you say, is amazing!

Hope your studio gets sorted out soon, don't let it get you down, there's always other things to do! Hope you have a lovely day at Moulton Mill tomorrow and good weather too!


ps. will reply to email tomorrow

Genie said...

Have a great weekend Julie,
and glad you had a great day out with your mum, and found inspiration in the flowers.

Genie said...

Forgot to say lovely doll from Sue,
is that Sue Monk ? i recognise her handywork in the extras.

Heather said...

What lovely inspirational photos and goodies you received. Looking forward to seeing your doll when you can post her.

Jacky said...

Your Ruby Doll is GORGEOUS. I love her brightly striped top and little apron...lots of lovely detail.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

How's the studio floor? I also went to the Moulton Quilt show. Wonderful place and quilts! I LOVE your doll as well


DILLY said...

Dilly go Harrogate 2 yeers go.
Be luvly.
Do luvly walks wiv Mummy.
Hav luvly tea at Betty's.
Want go bak.