Saturday, 29 January 2011

You dance to the music like nobody does...

Hello,
I have been a making! I had a splurge of creative energy, probably because I had some great news and was accepted as a Maker with madebyhandonline The brainchild of two lovely ladies, Sarah James and Katie Honnor from Bovey Tracey, Devon... bringing together a community of makers, to promote the crafts industry and to sell directly online. There is a list of makers and I am on the third page if you fancy a butchers. There are some very fine wares, some of which are made by the wonderful jennifer collier
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Bought this book from Oxfam Bookshop for £2 and it was the best £2 I have spent in a very long time...inspiration, inspiration, inspiration, pages of it...


This little book got me wanting to draw with my sewing machine, so I picked up where I had left off with my 'Prim' drawings....I pencilled these folks a good while ago, in a now, dog chewed sketch book. The male of the species being Peter Prim and the female, Pamela Prim.

From paper to fabric...Wip needlecases,


I'm really enjoying working on a new theme and there is lots of space with these characters to build and let things evolve.
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Holly, our daughter has to visit an Exhibition at Alexandra Palace, London tomorrow (Sunday), so the current husband and I are using the opportunity to drop her off and then carry onto the foundling museum for the Threads of Feeling Exhibition. I will post asap.
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Last but certainly not least, I had to show you Wonkey Donkey, who has recently come to stay! When wound up, his head nods and his tails spins, very fast....I adore him.
Thank you so much for stopping by. x

34 comments:

A Blessed Life said...

Goodmorning, in lifes little journey at times we see things that we can take or leave and then we see things that make us drool and ponder at the joys of owning that, today you have made me feel a very big shot of envy, I absolutely love your work and your new ones are fabulaous.Thanks for sharing and I shall go look at your page.Have a lovely creative day( although i think you have had many by the looks lol) xx

whitney-anne said...

What a marvelous book and inspiration . . . like the look of those characters and Wonkey Donkey is very eeyorish looking isn't he?

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Viv, I think that you are so very talented, lovely work & different for you.
I love Wonky he is beautiful, I have always wanted a donkey, perhaps when we get to Devon.
T X

Suzanne said...

Those little purses are divine (as is wonky donkey!).

Filamental said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I hope I didn't say this very same thing before.
I saw your article in the new Quilting Arts e-mag. I suddenly realized that it IS you!
How delightful.
The post today is most inspiring. I love the donkey, too.

Donna said...

I am loving your new work Viv. Isn't it wonderful when an old book can inspire you like that?

Amazingly, I too have that book, as well as another you might like called Applique Stitchery by Jean Ray Laury published in 1966.

I really look forward to seeing your Prims evolve.

Wonkey Donkey is just adorable!!

The Devil Makes Work said...

Oh my goodness Viv - I LOVE THAT BOOK!!!

The Cloth Shed said...

Love wonky donkey....can you incorporate him into one of your designs perhaps?
Would love to visit the Foundling Museum for the Threads of Feeling Exhibition too....it sounds fascinating.
Julie x

Letticeleaf said...

Everyday I look, then Voila there she blows! Admiration overlaid with envy is the name of the game.
Cheers, whistles,claps from an appreciative audience. LLX

Tracy Lorna Nors said...

Absolutely love those drawings Viv! more more!!
The donkey is gorgeous and just what I need for one of my doll pics right now! If he's just passing through and you decide to sell him....would like to buy xxx

Jenny said...

love wonky donkey! congratulations on being accepted on madebyhandonline, it looks like a great site, your work is gorgeous with a big capital G, and I am sure you will do well out of it! Lovely purses too :) jenny x

jane and the happy crow said...

How did you ever think you may not be accepted onto made by hand when you know you are brilliant!!! Love the new pieces, very, very you! Hope that you are feeling a bit better. Will we see you at Homespun at Easter? Lots of love Jane xx PS Wonkey Donkey.. ADORABLE.

Betty said...

So lovely that things are going so well in your world. I love wonky donkey, he's special.

Daydream Retreat said...

You're wonderful :)

mamabeaks said...

first of all congrats! and I love your new creations, they are deliteful! I love the donkey too.

sharon said...

I am mesmerized by your talent and work! Your new pcs are fab!!
Congrat's on your new endeavor, you certainly deserve it!

Jane said...

Oh, Viv! I am *so* delighted for you. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this new loveliness you've created. Are you in less pain now? I hope so. There are absolute treasures, you clever thing. J x

a mermaids purse said...

The precious beauty of your crafting collage and embroidery are soooo wonderful, a real treat to the eye...you fill my head with joyful inspiration- also adore wonkey donkey and prims ;0)x

Gina said...

Love Peter and Pamela Prim... and your beautiful purses of course. I'm off to the Foundling museum on Wednesday.

Bee happy said...

I love your new designs, different but sweet. What a bargin you found with the book, I love old books, yours is full of inspiration.

Bee happy x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Ah wonkey donkey, genius. I should like to dance a reel with him in a Hen's teeth embroidered garden wearing vintage lace and a bonnet!

Happy Sunday Viv.
Cant wait to see the Foundling Museum pics, I so wanted to go,

Love Sarah spriggedy donkey reel x

Miek said...

Great book for inspiration. Love your drawings and the way you worked it out. Have a nice day Miek

Emily said...

Your work is beautiful! Congrats on being accepted as a seller @ Made by hand online, I'm off to have a look now! :)

cluckingabout said...

l LOVE the new work,and wierd as l emailed you last night that l was tinkering ( no WAY in your league)with machine free stitching...needs be, my thumbs keep locking if l hand embroider! so NOW for something different!
love the picture in your new book..you were obviously meant to have it.. good to see you inspired and on a roll xx

artymess said...

Yes I have that book and I love it too ....x

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Viv this new work is stunning!
Love the 'character' needle books.
and I have the mate to your donkey, I think they were seperated at birth.....
xxx

Cakey(^-^*)/コンチャ! said...

What fantastic little characters! And wonky donky.... new mascot for your blog perhaps? :D xxx

Tea Potty said...

Terrific new images! Donkey is superb -- you must post a clip of him in action!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

What a fabulous book, beautiful stitching, great blog post. Blessings to you dear Viv x

ger said...

Hurrah to the Prims - they´re wonderful...

A Time to Dance said...

Oh Viv, what wonderful things you have in your post...I love your new creations and the book, very jealous and the donkey...even more jealous..I am green with envy..you are so clever...and you know what a big fan I am of your purses...I have so many...

A Time to Dance said...

Oh Viv, what wonderful things you have in your post...I love your new creations and the book, very jealous and the donkey...even more jealous..I am green with envy..you are so clever...and you know what a big fan I am of your purses...I have so many...

Katie said...

Hello! Love your new creations and many congrats on becoming a madebyhandonline maker, brilliant! I have that book and love the drawings in it too. Wonky Donkey kooks wonderful! Hope you had a good time at the Foundling exhibition...I look forward to reading what you though of it. Katie x

Katie said...

Me again...sorry, my fingers ran away with me and in my last comment, it should read that Wonky Donkey 'looks' wonderful! Oops! Kx