Month: July 2010

BBC News – Bonnie prince sewn up in tapestry

25 July 2010 Last updated at 19:18 ET Share this pageFacebookTwitterShareEmailPrintBonnie prince sewn up in tapestryOne of the longest tapestries in the world has been unveiled in Prestonpans. A Scottish artist has unveiled one of the world's longest tapestries, in East Lothian.The work, which has 103 panels, each 1m (3ft) long, charts Bonnie Prince Charlie's journey from South Uist to the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.About 200 volunteers from all over the world stitched together the design, which was created by artist Andrew Crummy, who was born in Prestonpans.The finished tapestry is about 100ft (30m) longer than the Bayeux Tapestry.That work depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066.The Prestonpans tapestry, which took about 25,000 hours to stitch, tells of events which led to the Jacobites recording a victory against the government army loyal to the Hanoverian king George II. Andrew Crummy said Bonnie Prince Charlie had a "magical" appealMr Crummy said: "It all started when the Baron of Prestoungrange came back from seeing the Bayeux tapestry and he said …

Morning everyone. I'm getting a dab hand at cooking in my small oven… I was able to add some protein to the diet today…..!!!!! I cooked an egg, added tomato and I feel quite domesticated… This is a photo of the prisma pencil sharpener I mentioned in the last post… It works well, and doesn't chew the pencils….this one travels with me, I got one for my buddy and I will take one home. I'm rather fussy about the way my pencils work and as I mentioned I'm taking the ones I purchased yesterday back to Hobby Lobby.   my working space. I'm using "Ink tense" (pigment ink pencils) on this piece. Now some quilters, create the image with quilting first and then almost 'paint' the pencils on…. I prefer to do it differently. I want it to look like a drawing… I want the colors subtle rather than looking too intense… In this picture, I colored the image with the pencils and then wet it with a tiny brush to produce the applique. The …

A short note

The blog was playing up tonight…so I decided to finish some other work… The weather here is just wonderful for me… most folk would find it too hot, but I love it. I managed to get a lot of work done today. Accommodation booked in NY, class info to South Africa. Accommodation in London and Bangkok…. I'm on a roll. I checked out the availability of fabric and other supplies  today and caught up on business. I purchased some flesh colored prisma pencils and I'm taking them back… I realized the tin had been opened…and every time I tried to sharpen them, they broke…. so I wasn't happy. I found the prisma pencil sharpener I talk about in my class in Hobby Lobby… I bought chicken and prawn salad in the supermarket. Bagels and yoghurt so I'm set for a few days of retreat. I've taken over a lounge to work in and I have a huge table to set things out and I got quite a bit of illustration done… It's like having my …

Week 35

From the first photo I took I wanted to make a block with the dragon as the theme.  So thus begins the dragons.  There are lots of carvings of dragons on the pagoda and all are a little different from the others, in fact there are five different dragons and this is the first. via carorose.typepad.com This is my friend Carolyns Challenge this week….. just super.

A day off.

I'm having a day off scheduled work today. I am tired, but I did walk around Hot Springs and I'm rather impressed. Great galleries, gift shops and restaurants. I spent the morning walking through this venue… it's huge and I can see great potential. There is a lot of work going on with the renovations and the opening will be in October. A lot of space, accommodation, pool, spas, and set in a neat town.     These are just a few of the things I saw today…. It is rather hot here… and I think I need to go down town and take a bottle to get some spring water, you can get it from a fountain in the main st… there were about 10 people there this morning with big containers gathering water… I stopped for lunch at Whole Hog cafe It was delicious…. I have enough ribs for lunch and tea…. I visited the bath house and also a great gallery…. Gallery of photos taken today.

Capturing the day

I woke before the alarm.4.45. And a new day begins…. I will travel  all day today. There's an art to packing the bags and that is all done a day or so before I leave…  I'm paranoid that I will leave something behind, and I do occasionally.       I get really cross with myself. It's chilly, 51 degrees. And I need a sweater for this first part of the morning. There are just two people eating breakfast and they talk in hushed tones… The coffee is awful and I dislike these foam cups with a passion… I have my own in the bag… But they are packed. It's hard getting the morning pills down. It was an hour drive to the airport, the mist was rising from the surface of the lake…. The sunlight flowing over glowing fields.  I wanted to jump out and take photos, but I was composing as we drove…  I had to be happy with mind photos. I just had a short time to wait for the plane and I had a …

I’ll try to capture the day.

The Television is annoying the heck out of me tonight…. so with a flick of a switch, I can turn it off and listen to music as I write the blog. It's my last day in Michigan… Saying goodbye to friends is always a little wrenching. But supper with good  friend Dave in a 50's diner -  with music to match the decor helped.   I love these places.   I just can't help myself…..!!!! Then his fiance arrived and we went to whimpys for  ice cream…. what a lovely, uncomplicated way to finish a day. I was sitting in a cafe at lunch time…. just watching life around me. I was going to write down what I saw, but to be honest  I was tired after a 5 day event and just couldn't will my mind to do it. So with Ipad in hand tomorrow I'm going to see if I can "capture the day" with word and images….

Being Me

BEING ME. For as long as I can remember I've lived in my own private world. I'm never bored and very seldom lonely… When I'm on the road I'm surrounded by the most wonderful people…. however, there is always a time in the day that I sit quietly and work by myself and classical music takes me to a quieter place. I've discovered a wonderful CD on I tunes, I've listened to it constantly for the past week. The music is just beautiful…. I listen to this type of music when creating the Bayeux Quilt and when I'm writing. Listen to the music. Recognized during her lifetime as one of the finest composers in Italy, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani spent her entire adult life within the four walls of the musically famous convent of Santa Radegonda in Milan. Contemporary accounts describe the huge crowds that filled the exterior church of the convent to hear the angelic voices of nuns singing Cozzolani’s passionate and ecstatic music. It's been a great week…. lots of creative process. A lot …