Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Busy, busy...

Life seems to be one long round of teaching lately with an average of three different classes a week. I'm not complaining because I love the teaching side of my work but there seems to be little time for anything else by the time I've prepared for each class.

Some of the ladies have been working on pieces for a competition...



We've had a session on cutwork, using machine stitching, sheer fabrics and a soldering iron.

Last Saturday was spent making tassels, cords and beads. And that's just a fraction of what's been going on. (I seem to forget my camera quite a lot!)


Meanwhile I've also been trying to squeeze in time to try out some different samples of my own for my fashion module. Little stitches that look like Dorset buttons, white thread on white fabric.

Then dyed

Plus some experiments with a twin needle on dyed fabrics- all of which have somehow got to incorporated into a fashion collection by the end of this month.


But most of all I've been busy getting ready for The Jersey Textile Showcase next week. More classes to prepare, materials to gather together, a freezer to fill, dog walkers to organise, etc. Not to mention a little infestation of head lice to deal with (I thought I done with those along with Primary school!)

But when it all feels too much I remember this advert that has appeared in various embroidery/stitch magazines...

And it makes me smile because it all seems worthwhile! See you all again the week after next!

20 comments:

  1. I cant wait, Jersey here we come!

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  2. Love the dorset stitches dyed ... endless possibilities

    Thank you for showing us all the ladies' beautiful work and your own (of course!)

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  3. i've seen that ad several times with your name on it - what's it like being famous!!! Hope it all goes well and you have a lovely time.


    xxx

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  4. Oh my goodness, no wonder you're feeling rushed! Your students are very clever - and they clearly have a very good teacher! Hope all goes well with the prep for Jersey, and with the show itself - it's bound to be gorgeous there at the moment. Well, more gorgeous than South Cambs anyway!

    Oh an as for the nits, I have one word for you - Hedrin. Works like a charm, no nit resistance, no pesticides. It is pricey though :-(

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  5. Lovely, lovely work and how lucky you are to be part of it all. I love the tassels and your work based on buttons.

    Head lice......... ah yes, I remember thos sessions so well...........

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  6. Just a thimbleful...

    Oh, Gina you are such a good teacher !

    Have a great time in Jersey, it is a lovely island.

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  7. "and a soldering iron"...

    Your classes sound fun, informative, and just a tiny bit dangerous! No wonder you are such demand :)

    Wish I was on your side of the Atlantic.

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  8. How lovely to be going to Jersey .... and "by popular request"! Love the tassels and the twin needle stitching, I'm sure you'll be inspired to do something terrific for your fashion collection.

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  9. You must be very proud of your students' work - the piece with the dragonflies is beautiful. The cords, tassels and beads are great, and your dyed stitchery etc., will become a stunning collection. Have a wonderful time in Jersey - I would love to be there.

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  10. Hi Gina,
    Lovely to see your students work.
    I hope you have fun in Jersey, is it an exhibition like the Knitting and Stitching show?
    M x

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  11. What beautiful work Gina! I especially love the cattails!!!

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  12. I love the dyed Dorset buttons. I'll be surprised if there aren't more requests for your return next year too!

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  13. I've seen that ad too and felt so excited - I almost felt famous because I know you!!

    You sound incredibly busy, as usual. I just don't know how you do it!

    Your degree work is fascinating - I love that ripply texture and can't wait to see what it becomes.

    Best of luck in Jersey, I hope you have a great weekend!

    xxx

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  14. I love your work especially the necklaces, a lady in america called lily lovekin tales has been making something similar.

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  15. Wow! That top dragonfly picture is beautiful! And I love that you are returning "by popular request"! Sensible people!! Lucy xxx

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  16. Such beautiful things! I love the pink to turquoise dye, it's great!

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  17. You are working hard. the ladies stitched work is beautiful. I thought nits was gone by primary school too!!!

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  18. You have been so busy making exquisitely wonderful things! I am positively swooning over the white on white stitching...

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  19. Your students work looks lovely good luck to them in the competition.
    The dyeing you did with Ruth has worked very well, the samples are lovely. I really like the twin needle stitching.

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  20. Wow all that work looks so good I am sure they will do well in the competition. Have a fabulous time in Jersey take care.

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