Sunday, 30 August 2015
So I had to finish the poor thing, and it is now in my Etsy shop awaiting someone who really does want it. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I would always have the courtesy to let someone know if I didn't want an item. It seems these days it is far too easy to just not reply to an email and forget that there is someone left in the lurch who is trying to make a living. And it is RUDE! So, another lesson learned - never begin a project without an absolutely positive confirmation!
Last week I got back my painting from the framer and it is all ready to be taken up to London in a fortnight's time to the final selection of the Society of Wildlife Artist's exhibition. He has done a fantastic job on it - I'm keeping it under my hat for the time being, I don't want to count any chickens before they are hatched and I'm a tiny bit superstitious about jinxing things!
After a quiet summer, I now have three dog portraits to do - can't wait!
Monday, 24 August 2015
Back to work today - lots to do!
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Monday, 17 August 2015
While this has turned out very pretty, I have to confess to being the tiniest bit disappointed in the pattern. I know from past experience that when knitting lace you can't judge what it will look like until it has been blocked, and generally a shawl will grow by about a third when it is washed & blocked. However, with this one, it didn't happen - the shawl remained quite small and is more like a scarf than a wrap. It is still really nice, but I would have preferred it just that little bit deeper - just my own opinion. It's on my Etsy shop now.
Friday, 14 August 2015
I'm surprised it got done at all today really - a couple of weeks ago I entered the open exhibition for the Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries in London, thinking what the hell, I'll never get in but if you don't try, you'll never get anywhere. Surprise, surprise, today I find out my painting has made it to the final selection ! So I have to take it up to London next month to see if it will make the cut - I'm just so happy to have made it this far after years of being unsuccessful. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
This is in watercolour and I'm trying not to get fixated on the detail too much. I also received a bright orange Graphik Line Painter pen by Derwent in the post yesterday and am wondering if it could be used in the final stages for grass stems...
On the needles: bits and pieces, a mini dog set, a shawl and I really must get around to finishing off that summer t-shirt before summer ends!
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Monday, 10 August 2015
There's a bit of sewing going on - more later.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
I quite often get asked for free knitting patterns. Now, while I am always more than happy to pass on a reference to a pattern book I have used or to give advice, I am not quite so happy to just give away something I have worked hard on. Let's put it in perspective here - if you spent several days making a fancy cake, mixing, baking, decorating, and then someone you don't know came along and said 'That's nice, I like that - can I have it?' What would your reply be? I think that's all I need to say on that! Also, a lot of the time there is no pattern - with the dogs I make, there is a start-up pattern I use as a basis, but then I go into free-styling, extending legs, changing ears, sculpting with sewing after the body has been stuffed, embroidering faces, brushing yarn to get a hairy effect, the list of alterations goes on, so each little pooch is individual. I hate to say no, but sometimes I just have to. Plus, I'm trying to make a living here!
Monday, 3 August 2015
Watercolour with a bit of acrylic ink for the whiskers - up for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.
Saturday, 1 August 2015
I'm planning on this being quite splashy and loose around the edges, with the detail in the centre only - that's the theory at least!
Giving the knitting a rest for a bit - aching thumbs after a busy week.