Tag: Judith Clarke

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This is a tale I found in a very old book dated around 1364. I discovered the volume holding up a back leg of an old sideboard in a deceased relatives house, in the old fishing port of Whitby. It was very tatty and musty smelling, with many small nibbles, mould and fungi sprouting out…

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2 weeks before Christmas I decided to write a Christmas story for my grandsons, who were staying from the 21st. Aged 6 and 4 I couldn’t find a story I thought they would like, a story that had a few more words and less pictures to the page. So I decide to write them one…

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I have been sent this book to review and what a beautiful looking and feeling book this is. It feels like fabric and has a close up of beautiful reverse appliqué and seed stitching. Yummy before the first page is turned. The book is divided into seasons as well as ways of working and equipment and…

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It’s been a while since Gulliver did a blog. As you know, or maybe you don’t, he lives in Whitby with me at our B&B, it’s a busy time of year from now on in, right until the end of October so chance to stitch is precious. And the grandchildren have just payed a visit…

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Part 3 of an occasional blog following my journey with half in hexis. This week saw me hit and pass the 1000 mark. And so far I’m still sane. ( I think! ) How do I know how many I’ve done I hear you ask? I’ve been keeping a tally I’ve started playing with them…

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I’ve noticed recently that there has been a resurgence of hand stitching, both in the embroidery and the quilting worlds. I love hand stitching and do it regularly, often in unusual places, such as the car (while husband is driving!) coffee shops and sitting on the beach, not that unusual really. I quite fancied having…

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If you remember I’m making a quilt out of 1/2 inch hexis. A long term project I think. So every now and then I will update you. After a keen start here’s what I did after day 1. I had 1 1/2 hrs at U3A sewing and another hour or so later that evening at…

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Brought up in a family that has always had environmental concerns it’s only natural for me to try and not waste anything. I blame my mum. She was a quiet activist in her own way. She once lay down in front of diggers trying to dig up the local play park. So when I started…

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Recycling has been in my blood since before I was born. My mum was a great recycler, long before it was termed recycling. She used to call us ‘second hand Roses’, Maybe it was being brought up during and after the war that did it. (My mum, not me) The only thing I remember getting…

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I have been sent this lovely collection to have a play with from the Craft Cotton Co.. 5 beautiful fat quarters, nice quality cotton, perfect for your little prince and princesses. The bundle is mainly suitable for girls and sadly I don’t have any granddaughters but I do have a friend who has a cute…

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Gulliver had a very important job to do this week. He took a very special parcel to the post office. In his parcel are 6 quilts featuring himself. They are from the UKQU competitions from last year. 6 monthly competitions based on a theme. Gulliver was very fortunate to be asked to send all 6…

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Gulliver has been very busy theses last few weeks. So much so he’s kept my sewing machine very occupied. March brought with it two storms, Freya and Gareth. It’s no fun being a small bird in all that weather. Gulliver barely held onto his perch.   I don’t know if you have ever watched seagulls…