spring clean spring sale

I was recently invited to bring some artworks to join my amazing friends Grace Kaya and Sarah Smout at their gig.  I wasn’t sure what to bring, but I knew the venue was small, with no real space to display or hang stuff, so instead of gathering up my carefully framed pieces, I rummaged in my box of unframed ‘things I have created just because I wanted to create’.  This made me realise that I really need to have a clear-out of these bits and pieces, because hoarding them in a box serves no-one. Art is not meant to be hidden away in boxes, just as boxes of hidden art are not meant to clutter up my precious and limited workspace!  So anyway, for many reasons (it’s nearly my birthday, I’m totally skint, I need to clear some space), but mostly because I think these creations want to be shared, I am having a Spring Clean Sale!  Below are all the pieces for sale, with dimensions. If you like the look of one (or more), just use the contact form and make me an offer. Seriously, you decide what you think it’s worth, and what you’re willing to pay. It’s first come first served, and I’ll mark items as sold as they go.  Postage is just £2 flat rate, no matter if you buy one piece or all of ’em.

Grumpy monster

Grumpy Monster 28x26cm Chain stitch (mostly) on stiff cotton.

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Hug Me monster SOLD

carpe diem cross stitch

Carpe Diem, with sparkly carpe 🙂 21x9cm on pale blue Aida cotton

carpe diem

Same stitching, different view

mario

Ey, Mario! Stitched area 15x6cm Cross stitch on even-weave linen.

Well ain't that a bitch embroidery

Sympathy. Stitched area 25x11cm. Cross stitch on evenweave linen.

scraptreepink

Purple scrap tree. 38x38cm Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton. £30 ono.

Blue/yellow scrap tree. 38x38cm. Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton. £30 ono

Blue/yellow scrap tree. 38x38cm. Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton.

large monochrome tree, drawing on fabric

Large monochrome tree 38x47cm. Pen on fabric.

Green tree. 18x27cm (at widest point). Pen on fabric. £10

Green tree. 18x27cm (at widest point). Pen on fabric.

benjaminbunny

Benjamin Bunny. Not my design, just something I stitched. Stitched area 12x15cm.

tree on slate

Slate tree. 12x20cm, pencil on slate. Local (Sheffield) pick-up only, I don’t want to post this.

pen on fabric, tree

Not quite so large monochrome tree SOLD

With muchas kudos and thanks to Warren Draper for the last two photos. Way more professional than mine.

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One of my very first attempts at making my own cross-stitch pattern resulted in a rather lovely (I think) piece of traditional redwork. Traditional Vulcan, that is.  My first rendering was very poorly executed, on teeny tiny even-weave linen. This reworking is somewhat larger, and neater, and hey, it’s for sale! You can own this for your very own, and help me pay my bills at the same time! What a very logical exchange.

Live Long and Prosper

So, I’ve been snipping and stitching, and I’ve nearly finished the Winter installment of my ‘exceedingly large wall hanging trees’. I’m keeping this one much more muted, trying to stick to black and white as much as possible.

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I asked the client if there was anything in particular they’d like, and they sent me a picture of two metal bird sculptures they have in their yard.

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They said it would be nice to try and get the birds on the hanging, as it would feel like they’d been able to ‘bring them in for the winter’ 🙂  Not quite done yet, as I ran out of embroidery thread, so am waiting on an Ebay delivery before I can finish off, but here’s one to be getting on with.

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I am really enjoying making these, and am more than open to many more commissions – large or small.  So get in touch if you might be interested, and let’s have a chat about what can be done 🙂

Christmas is EXCITING, and your decorations should reflect that. New in my Etsy shop this week: scrap-fabric hearts, big and small 🙂

Christmas hearts

Hey everybody, I’m having a sale

I’ve been attempting to tidy up, and come to the conclusion that it’s time to just have a big old clear out. So, head on over to my Etsy shop, and you’ll find lots of wonderful, handmade goodness at knock-down, everything-must-go prices. How can you resist Dr Dashing? DrDashing

How can you get through Christmas without this calming, wizardly advice? Dumbledore stitching

YOU CAN’T. Buy handmade this Christmas – for someone else, or just for you 🙂

You like art? You like dogs? You like free music events? Yes, to any of these? Well get thisself down to The Riverside, Sheffield, this Saturday afternoon (5th October), for the launch of “Don’t Judge a Dog by its Collar”.  This amazing dog-themed art exhibition features works from artists across the country, who have donated their art to be displayed and then auctioned in aid of Rain Rescue, a local charity that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes unwanted dogs – often pulled from the city pound just before their time runs out and they have to be destroyed.

Exhibition Poster

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I submitted a stitching for this brilliant cause, inspired by my lovely Luna (who doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together, is the most accident prone hound I have ever met, and is a nightmare around cats. But I love her dearly.).

I am not a number

I am not a number

You will be able to view the artworks in person (at The Riverside), online (I’ll post the link here once it’s up) and/or in a shiny printed catalogue.  The exhibition will run for two weeks. There are some incredible, beautiful, funny, covetable pieces of art, so make sure you get a look, and maybe even buy one. All proceeds go to Rain Rescue, and as a small, local charity, they value every penny.

Old Age is no place for sissies

My dear mama ain’t as young as she used to be. I think her achievement deserves to be celebrated, and I think Bette Davies’ words say it all 🙂 (Available in my Etsy shop – just click on the picture)