Friday, 1 December 2017

Red work embroidery

This is another new technique which I acquire in the last few months .
Is a very easy embroidery but not my piece check . I would recommended warmly to someone which know to do only basic stitches as running stitch or back stitch.
I hope I will be able soon to do something with this pieces , they been planed for a wall hanging .
I think it should be another one anyway or so it was in plan.

Happy crafting all
Hugs 
Renata 
 

New technique

I always think you are not to old to learn new things. So ... I decided a pulled work embroidery was waiting for to long to be learned. 
I still can't master this think with the photography  definitely need some courses or need someone to help me out .
I definitely think I like this new kind of embroidery and I am going to use it probably more often .
It will be incorporated i  my new designs hopefully .

Happy crafting all
Hugs 
Renata 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Embroidery , lace and lots of small projects

Yeah ... I know been so long time from my last blog, I can't even remember when was this .
Lots of jobs  done this year  and more of things happen in my life .
Anyway the good new is I am still cancer free for the moment. Can't even imagine I cheat dead and still afloat 😂😂. Fingers cross this will happen for years to come too.

I should just put up few of my latest works.
This year was just for small jobs like just decorated a jeans shirt from GAP with a spray of Jacobean flowers . Anyway after all this work which came out beautiful had the surprise after few wears the collar on the shirt start to show a lot of  wear and tear. Very disappointed on the quality of the GAP goods in special if you look at the price tag.

 In the Lace Convention which is usually every two years , I think , I choose to take classes myself for change . Is very nice to be a student and stay on the chair relax and do something . I took classes with Anne Drew doing Idrija Lace which is a bobbin lace from Slovenia.
Very proud with my lovely piece below which is gone to be used as an applique on something .

 

Could not keep away from the Knitting & Stitching show this year either 😃.
I have done few embroideries ready to be hang up in the wall for sale , otherwise had same old stock from two years ago . All in all I had great time and was great to get back on the track . 






Happy crafting all
Hugs
Renata

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Past times , unforseen future 😂😂

It seems have been years from the last blog.
Lots of things going on and many more things done 😂😂 too.
The big thing is I have finished few more projects what have been started before my illness.
This design never been in my intentions, done at someones request and just because was started I want it finished. 

Not like the persone ordering the design did not like it or did not want it but because I fell ill and could not do'it in short time I decided I keep it. 



Happy crafting all and a good health 
lots of hugs 
Renata

Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year , new classes

Wish you all a very Happy New Year !!!  So very happy to see another one coming and a ugly one gone 😂😂.
I do hope to have a much different year this time. My health seems to start to improve and hopefully will  get better and better.
The classes to be done this year will be more about embroidery and hope to be less stressful than the ones I had run in 2015.
2016 been a year with no classes , no job nothing , totally empty ....
The new designs to make it to the classes are following the brazilian embroidery characteristics missing only the real supplies.  
 The one below is a small one done for a short burst of creativity .
 
































 The bigger one bellow is more for advanced classes and a longer time .

 
































Hope to be more able to do blogs and other social media post in this new year too. 


Happy crafting and good health to all
Lots of love
Renata

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Floral mess

Try few times to do this post but been very unsuccessful for the moment  .
I have terrible problems on doing a blog from my tablet . The problem I have is the fact I do pictures with my tablet and then I can't download strait away those pictures on my laptop .
Anyway I manage to start few more projects so at the end of this year I will still have plenty projects unfinished even if this year was a year of things to be finish .
This project below is hopefully going to be made in a pillowcase. I like it a lot as I get to use many of the left over threads from different other projects.
The design is one of mine and is giving me the chance to practise different stitch combinations .





I do hope this project to be ready by 31st and this is going to be a great challenge. Between time of visits and guests coming for dinner, children coming and going back ( Pick ups from airport and drop them back ) will be an achievement to manage to do some sewing .

Anyway hope you all will have a Merry Christmas
Lots of hugs
Renata

The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads

Been lucky enough this summer to participate to a action of the National Museum of Ireland which was a commemorative collection from designer Alison Conneely and inspired by the role of women in the War of Independence.
This exhibition is running until Jan 2017.
"The exhibited collection will display six themed garment panels – reflecting themes from rebellion and resistance to family and domestic life – each consisting of three items of clothing created by Conneely. The panels are inspired by the various roles played by women during this war-time period: as rebels; spies; uniform makers; nurses; messengers; symbols of old Ireland; and revolution directors. Alison’s vision is of a ‘tapestry of values’, and she has used fabrics that evoke both rebellion and modernity, with an ultimate dream of evoking a new myth that is both complex and clean cut."
Me and my friend have been attended the Weaving Workshops where we created small pieces of weaving art .
 

Here is my finish piece of weaving which in the picture below is  3d from up . My idea was to present the bloody dripping days of 1916.

The exhibition is very interesting 
 Very happy to be part of this project too. 

Happy crafting all
Hugs 
Renata



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Proud and happy

Happy days will come ahead of me . Yes .... I am going to have my both children home for Christmas.
I am one happy mama 😃😄😄
In the summer my daughter decided she will follow her boyfriend to London and will leave there for two / three years . He is doing a master or specialize in some sort of physiotherapy and she will continue her work as makeup artist with Lancome .
My soon in other hand is gone to Sweden for one year in the student exchange program. He seems to can't wait to get back home. Is good to be on your own but is better when mum is doing laundry, cleaning and food sometime 😂

 Here is at my son's secondary school graduation. A very proud sister as you can see and a very serious boy thinking to the hard life (not yet ) which is waiting him .

 Very proud family ....

 He is probably thinking :""hmmm... here I come speeding from the back""
Yes .... I am very guilty , been the most proud mama and I am still proud of two good children which beat all the odds of coming in a strange country with no language skills and no help.
There I am more proud of my husband which manage at his age to get a college done and a master in internet security and this year he finally manage to land the job of his dreams in Bank of Ireland and this in the top of my the stress generated by sickness.

You have a happy stitching there and I send you lots of hugs and good health wishes
Renata

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nostalgii

I find it hard to get back on writing blogs.
I don't know way , just don't find words so more important like before. I use to pay attention to each word I speak and to try to communicate my ideas the clearest possible.
Now I think an picture is saying everything for  people which want to hear 😊
This weekend I have done few pictures of my work from Royal School of Needlework and got a bit of nostalgia for the days when I was running around like a headless chicken 😅😅.
 The crewel embroidery which I so hated at the start of the school become some sort of speciality for me now . Love to do a piece for the diversity of the stitches and for the speed you can have in finishing a piece.
 Gold work embroidery is the reason way I decide to do the RSN in first instance but I don't know way I start few more pieces but never manage to finish them .

With silkshading it was same as goldwork 😏, love the technique but never manage to finish another piece , thought I have one in the frame .
This is the blackwork piece which actually make me cry , NO , I am serious , physically cry . I start practising on the piece below so when I choose the little rabbit I thought all will go smooth and easy Do you think RSN is going to leave anything to be easy? Nope .....
All that stress added with a full time job and teaching classes and a participation at the K&S brought me on the brink of dead.
Now we are going to delete all this year and get a new piece of calico and start from scratch again 😅😅😅


You have a happy stitching there and I send you lots of hugs and good health wishes
Renata

   

Monday, 28 November 2016

Embroidery class

It was a great weekend this past one. My first and last class for this year 😊.
I had a great class at the Kildare ICA Federation craft day , lots of things done .
I hope to be able to get back in shape and take up my classes again .














some very happy ladies going home with a nice Christmas flower
I did have a great help from my best friend Patricia which was on the ball all day and was explaining her self or just keeping them busy until I was free to show them what they needed to know.
This day make me feel useful and back to life again 😊

Lots of hugs and happy crafting
Renata