Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Beautiful Maurice

Maurice goes missing

Beautiful Maurice went missing five weeks ago, he walked out down the path one evening and never came home. I have been distraught, even though I kept telling myself he was just a cat, and not to get so ridiculously upset about the fact he had disappeared, it didn't stop the nag nag nag of what could have happened to him.
All the horrid lurid notions of where he might be, and what sort of a state might he be in, which make you wake you in the night. Then the hopeless and defeatist of willing, whilst you long for the comfort of sleep that if that the case that hopefully he is dead and no longer in pain.
I had convinced myself that he must be dead, after all we live next to a railway line and what chance has a un-streetwise very small all black cat got in the dead of night with a freight train?
Sewing in the evenings at my big machine in my work room has been very hard. He would always sit in my lap purring as I sewed. Now sewing alone, it is hard to sew straight lines whilst crying.
Then miraculously late last night my lovely husband took a call from a kind local resident to say he had a very distressed very vocal small black cat in his conservatory drinking milk from a saucer. On his collar tag was his name Maurice and on the reverse our telephone number.
Maurice, I am so very pleased to say is now home, very, very, thin with a cut on his leg and a cut on his neck, and no doubt a story to tell, but oh, how he is so pleased to be home. And oh, I am so pleased to have him back.
It is now poor Big One who is distraught, after having the run of the place for 5 weeks, with all the extra attention and extra dinners he could manage, to come in from the garden and find the nampy pamby younger brother steeling the show has tipped him over the edge into a massive sulk.
Although half a can of tuna and the promise of some lightly poached chicken livers did ease his disappointment of Maurice's return some what.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The whistle stop tour of visiting wonderfully inspiring embroidering away groups has, for a time, stopped. I feel a little sad, I love visiting groups and being with all the stitching energy that each group holds in its unique way, all those individual makers with their own take on making their work. The group I visited last Monday was The Dorking branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, and in true form, they were lovely, enthusiastic, creative and all very competent. The day just sailed by in a lulling whirring of sewing machines, and then at the end of the workshop the machine embroidered jewellery pieces were displayed, and what a beautiful collection they were too.
Well done everybody!

On my return to the studio, a piece that I finished off in the week is a jolly little pieces of two cheeky cats and two unaware fish. I've posted a close up of one of the cats, I hope it makes you smile!

A lunch idea

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Stitchers and holidays and new drawings

Well, what a whistle stop tour I have been on, accompanied by my book I have been visiting more most wonderful stitching women around the British Isles and working with clever groups of stitchers to make beautiful Machine Embroideries. I am posting photos of them and what they all made, except the lovely Embroiderers Guild group in Nottingham where I had not got my camera, so unfortunately no photo of them and their efforts, and a big apology to them for not being shown here.
I have been on holiday also which, with the fantastic weather was an even more fantastic holiday, and I recharged my batteries by spending copious amounts of time sitting in the sunshine eating cake and crocheting my time away-heavenly!
Now of course its back to the studio and back to my work, which all said and done I did miss.
I have just started drawings for a couple of commission pieces, which I am excited about and hope the clients like what I have drawn. I never show on my blog pictures of commission pieces because I believe that commission pieces are very personal to the commissioner and so you will just have to take my word for it that I am very pleased with what I have drawn so far!

Members of the Contemporary Guilt Group