Crafty Holiday 2014: Day 3 – Playing with Fabrics & with Squeaky Balls!

Hi All!
As my App didn’t want to work while I was on hols the last two week (& I spent ages writing the posts up too!!) thought I’d post them now I’m home. Will post one or two a day for the next week or two, giving me time to recover!!
Anyway, enjoy, and talk soon!
Donna x
Ps please excuse the images not all being of greatest quality, was using my iPad to take and edit them. Now I’m home will see if can improve them for the roundup post at the end, and the tutorials to follow, but wanted to post these as they were done.

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Hi all!
A quieter day today! It’s my second full day on holiday, and after such a full day yesterday I decided to have a quieter one today.
In the morning I went to a Creative Embroidery workshop. This is where you use materials, stitching and other toppers (such as sequins, beads etc) to create pictures. I’d decided I wanted to make a picture inspired by a glade in the forest behind the home of my aunt’s house in Italy. We used to go there when we went for walks, and it’s so peaceful. It’s also that image I have in my head while doing the mediation tasks that are part of my therapy, so it seemed like a great idea to try and bring it to life to help me focus, and for all my visitors to see too! I was inspired how to make it by an exemplar picture that we were shown by the tutor, the always lovely Jo, which I’ve attached below for you to admire! What you can’t see from this picture is the way that, should you hold it up to the light, it shines right through, highlighting all the different colours and textures used, and looks even more stunning!
I’ve only just started work on my piece, and though I’ve attached a picture of what I’ve sewn so far (which is a rubbish quality picture, sorry!), please remember that the white stitching you see is tacking, as is most of the green to some degree, and the fabric edges will be re-trapped underneath the hoop it’ll be displayed in! I’ll continue to post updates as I work on the picture, so look out for these as time passes.
This afternoon was a nice leisurely one – I caught up on a couple of jobs, then spent time playing with Yaris and reading. Bliss! And unlike yesterday, I didn’t sleep right through dinner (some lovely beef and roasties!)!!
Tomorrow should prove to be an interesting day indeed – I have Bollywood and Charleston Dancing in the morning (2 separate sessions, not combined in one!!) and Patchwork in the afternoon. Hoping to work on some more bits to go in my quilt I’m making at home during the latter session (unless something else takes my fancy), and the morning sessions should be a great help with learning new skills with which to choreograph routines for those I’ll be teaching wheelchair dancing to come the autumn (as well as being great fun!!)!
Speak soon!
Donna x

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