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The Book of Haps

Recently I’ve been getting my knit on thanks the Kate Davies’ Book of Haps.    A Hap is a shawl traditionally worn by women working on the Scottish Islands. The book is fascinating and as well as the 13 modern … Continue reading

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Wedding ring cushion

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At the weekend not only was Glasgow bathed in glorious sunshine but my brother got married. It was an amazing day, everyone enjoyed themselves and I might have had a wee tear in my eye a couple of times before … Continue reading

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Seeing embroidery everywhere

While I was away on holiday last year I kept seeing embroidery EVERYWHERE. I only had one fashion exhibition in mind for the trip so it really made me smile to see it sometimes randomly. As I cut through Somerset … Continue reading

The 100 Day Project is back!

  
I’ve been quietly getting on with my embroidery & knitting but neglecting to share it on my blog. I’m actually blushing at how long it’s been since I last posted. Hopefully that’ll change with the return of the 100 day project.

Last year I found out about it at the last minute, I wasn’t prepared but decided to go for it anyway. I decided to embroider circles for 100 days and while it was fun I didn’t complete it.   

   
As it was a last minute decision I hadn’t fully thought out the logistics such as how to fit it in with works and holidays. I did well but this year I’m gong to try to plan it better and complete it.

I’ve not decided what I’ll do but it’ll involve embroidery. Might just finish what I started on the back of my denim jacket or fill a sketchbook with embroidery.

I do recommend it as a way of focusing on something you love doing and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Take a photo a day, finish all your WIPs, knit a square every day to make a blanket or write a 100 word short story every day. Whatever it is you’ll definitely feel better for making time each day to do something you enjoy & with all the practice you’ll become better at doing it.

PS If you take part don’t forget to upload to Instagram or Twitter with #the100dayproject.

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London and Paris with my Olympus OM10

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As much as I enjoy snapping away with my digital camera and phone I love taking photos with my film cameras. There’s just something magical about not knowing whether or not I’ve managed to capture anything. If I want a … Continue reading

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Postcard Art Exhibition and Launch of “Suspend” by Weirdfolk

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This weekend there’s a wee exhibition opening in Glasgow. When I say wee I mean that all the art is postcard size, as with each artist submitting up to three pieces it’s certainly not going to be small in any … Continue reading

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Craftivism: #astitchintime for the #livingwage pt.2

Around this time last year Craftivist Collective along with Share Action started a positive campaign asking Marks and Spencer (M&S) to pay their staff the living wage. If you need a wee reminder here’s my blog post about it. A … Continue reading

Glasgow International Art Festival & the year of fun

With over 200 artists exhibiting in around 75 venues across Glasgow for Glasgow International there was so much opportunity to get lost in art this April.

Those of you who follow my blog will know I’ve declared 2016 the year of fun and I certainly had fun going round the various exhibitions.

I loved all the textiles on show. From skateboarding clams to weaving and national identity it all made me smile.   

   
I surprised myself by enjoying The Circus Between Worlds which was a selection of performances pieces created by artists working in Glasgow and Newcastle . Normally I steer away from performance art but I was curious to see Helen Shaddock‘s piece.  Sometimes it’s good to things that scare you just a wee bit.  

   The festival certainly helped feed my imagiation.

  
    
Some exhibitions are on until 22nd May so there’s still some time to catch them.

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Weeks 2 & 3: the 100 Day Project

I’d hoped to give you a weekly update of my  progress with the 100 day project but work got in the way last week.  I also popped over to St Andrews to see the exhibition of pieces from the Wemyss … Continue reading

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Week 1: #the100dayproject

I thought I’d show you my progress on the 100 day project the I mentioned in my last post. So far I’m enjoying the challenge of creating different circles every day although, as I work irregular hours, it can be … Continue reading