Saturday, June 23, 2007

Poems from childhood

How this took me back to learning poems at school and having to recite them to Miss Davey! All of these poems are familiar to me; either my mother had to learn them when she was at school and later taught them to me, or I knew them from my schooldays and those of my daughters....

This was one of my mother's favourites; Meg Merrilies by John Keats. She had recited this for a school concert, dressed as a gypsy.

Old Meg she was a gypsy;
And liv'd upon the moors:
Her bed it was the brown heath turf,
And her house was out of doors
Her apples were swart blackberries,
Her currants, pods o' broom;
Her wine was dew of the wild white rose,
Her book a church-yard tomb.
Her brothers were the craggy hills,
Her sisters larchen trees;
Alone with her great family
She liv'd as she did please.

No breakfast had she many a morn,
No dinner many a noon,
And 'stead of supper she would stare
Full hard against the moon.
But every morn, of woodbine fresh
She made her garlanding,
And every night the dark glen yew
She wove, and she would sing.
And with her fingers old and brown
She plaited mats o' rushes,
And gave them to the cottagers
She met among the bushes.
Old Meg was brave as Margaret Queen,
And tall as Amazon:
An old red blanket cloak she wore,
A chip hat had she on.
God rest her aged bones somewhere —
She died full long agone!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fabric ATC

I was working on a patchwork foundation piecing block tutorial for Craft Club, so while I was at the machine I put together this little example using the 1½" cloth squares that come as fabric samples. I did think about zig-zagging around the edge, but so often this distorts the shape, so I put it in a cellophane envie to protect it. I wrote the details on the back with black pen, as I am told it is infra dig to use any paper in a fabric ATC!
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

June Swap: Orange theme.

The flower was an experiment in cloth Origami, the paint chip is "Spice Orange" and as this work turned out to be extremely orange, I decided on something a little more restrained for the second item. This was drawn with a permanent black pen and coloured with watercolour. I trimmed it a little after seeing the scan, and mounted it on black card. It looks much better!
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Friday, June 01, 2007

May Travel Swap

I will admit to being pleased with these. The folded map is made from an old Ordnance Survey map, and the pocket from a potato bag. The little charm came from a bracelet. The suitcase on the other ATC is my first attempt with shrink plastic and the words came from a pocket Larousse Dictionary rescued from a rubbish bin.

Free Choice May Swap

Paisley-Daisley; the orange paisley background is wrapping paper with a surround of green glitter glue, and the medallion is a teabag fold I had waiting for a suitable home.
"The Ties that Bind" is layered from magazine pictures, very narrow brown ribbon, and a copper wire doo-dad that resulted from my first attempts with a wire jig.

May Swaps

My May swaps were a mixed bunch. The pink one incorporated a heat embossed foam charm. "No Evil" came about when playing with a round punch and sticky-backed black baize.
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