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Sunday, 12 January 2014


This year, I want to thin out my collections by using them rather than getting rid of them. Yesterday, I decided to try out a few ideas with collage. I set aside a couple of hours, and assembled my materials. First, the fabrics:

All those little scraps I've been saving from my quilt. Bits I bought at car boot sales and table tops last summer.

I also went through a phase of collecting old sheet music and handwritten documents a few years ago, and I have lots left! 

It was very therapeutic, chopping things up, and arranging them. 

My kitchen collections and my current enthusiasm for printing and prints was the source of my ideas. 

The time flew past. So nice to get stuck into something new. And after a couple of weeks off my feet, it was especially good to be doing something constructive again. I was encouraged by a book that I bought last 
year, Mark Hearld's Work Book.

The book is a beautiful mix of prints, collage, and painting. His work is stunning. I also found this book in The Works:

So many fresh prints and bright colours in here to trigger off ideas. 

And these flowers which I bought at the market on Thursday. Although the petals will be difficult to simplify, I'd love to have a go. 

Hope you're having a creative weekend!


  1. Love the first collage - so pretty! Not being quite as creative as you this weekend!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. What fabulous inspiration, and its good to play, you discover all sorts of lovely your collages
    Hugs Lynn xx

    1. Thanks Lynn. I tried to leave a comment on your blog earlier today to say how much I'd enjoyed Longbourn, too. I'm going to hear the author talking about the book in early Feb and I can't wait to find out how she did all her research.

  3. I love that you're playing around and having fun with fabric.
    These are the times when you discovery fanciful ideas and yours are charming and oh Sew cute :)
    Have a lovely day and keep having fun.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. It is great to spend time just messing about with fabric and see what happens. I see you've been doing the same with your quilts!

  4. Creativity, there's nothing like it!

  5. Glad you are feeling better - love your designs especially the collage one. xx

  6. Love the collages, they are great
    Julie xxxxxxx