So do you want to see what I got up to on Monday? I shall show you anyway! Something completely new to me (except for a small tiled coaster that came as a free kit with a magazine years ago)... Mosaic. I tell you, those Romans knew a thing or two...
Last summer I had two lovely ladies visit my Open Studios... Enid and Terry. Enid is an embroiderer and Terry is a dressmaker who also makes the most exquisite mosaics. We chatted for ages and then met up again at Enid's house for tea later in the summer. I saw Terry again just before Christmas and to cut a long story short, I happened to mention I would like to try mosaic. We came up with the idea of a skills swap and on Monday Terry very kindly invited me over to her studio for the day.
I had no idea what I might end up doing and there were so many inspiring mosaics of Terry's around the house and garden that I didn't have a clue where to start. In the end I decided to make a plaque with a heart motif... and this is the result!
I had brought along a small bag of bits and pieces like beads, buttons and shells and was delighted that I could use this beautiful glass bead...
as well as this ceramic button.
I wish the photos could show you how pretty the tiles look, especially the pink iridescent glass tiles. I had said that I wouldn't use pink or red for my heart, but changed my mind when I saw these tiles. Terry was a very patient teacher and I spent a blissful day snipping and sticking. And if that wasn't enough, Terry also made me lunch... and cake!
I loved the fact that in terms of materials, it feels so far removed from handling textiles yet the idea of piecing things together is not so different. And although I can see from looking at the photos there is much room for improvement I am absolutely thrilled with the results. Thank you so much Terry!
Now... have I got room in my house and my life for another hobby? Probably not, but it is so tempting.