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About Noddfacrafts

I live in a small cottage in the Clwydian hills of North Wales. I left a career in Radiology management to pursue a country life of crafts, vintiquing, and wine tasting. I adore to travel but love to come home. I have a great husband and three fantastic children with three gorgeous grand children. Life is good but I believe it is also what you make it. My current mantra is "adventure before dementia"

Slow Sewing in Snowdonia

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As I said I recently spent a beautiful weekend in Plas Tan Y Bwlch with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild.

At first I was overwhelmed by the talent of the other Guild members, but then I decided that I can only learn from them. I learned a LOT.

There were three tutors on the weekend and we each chose to attend one “craft” There was screen printing, machine embroidery and Appliqué. I chose to stay in my comfort zone of appliqué.

Our tutor was particularly good as she showed slides of her journey through Uzbekistan and the textiles which are a specialty of that area. The Suzanis were very similar to the textiles that I saw in India.

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A Stitching Fest

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Recently I was fortunate to be able to go on a stitching fest. Imagine that! A whole weekend of stitching heaven! I went with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild to a beautiful Mansion called Plas Tan Y Bwlch. This C18 country mansion is now The Snowdonia National Park Centre and offers Accommodation and courses throughout the year. Each year The North Wales Embroiderers Guild hire the whole building, engage 3 specialist tutors and off we go!

http://www.plastanybwlch.com

http://www.embroiderersguild.com

I was so taken with the location that I took Hubs back for lunch in the tea room with the most spectacular views. Many other courses are on offer throughout the year including photography, walking in Snowdonia, art, Welsh history and much more.

I will tell you more about my slow stitching weekend ( and I am slow!)in the next blog. See you then!!

A Ditty?

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A ditty is a short rhyming song. For example:

A Ditty box was issued to sailors to store their personal belongings or tools

Ordinary Seaman Peter S. Kennedy was my grandfather. He survived WW1 and went on to drive ambulances during WW2. He later became a fireman and was awarded a medal for bravery.

This Ditty box now contains some of my treasures and memories.

Nanna Amy’s Cushion Covers

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These cushion covers were embroidered by my Nanna ( Grandmother) in circa 1950 They were embroidered using a variety of stitches and stranded silk threads.

The cushion covers were worked onto white linen and have to be stitched onto the cushion pad as there is no zip or fastening. They have been freshly laundered and had some running repairs today. They now have pride of place in my lounge and I adore them!

They are NOT for sale in my Etsy shop!

Noddfacrafts.etsy.com

The difference a day makes

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What a difference a day makes! Today was sunny, bright and cheerful. There was a “start of the season” party on the sea front today. There was live music, RNLI (which we all hope we will never need!) children’s games and a display of plastic waste! The plastic was shocking and brought home how much plastic waste that there must be in the sea. Nothing better than visual aides!

I have also put another vintage cloth into my Etsy shop Visit noddfacrafts.etsy.com

This is a beautiful vintage linen tray cloth.

A Promenade

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An esplanade or promenade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. … Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably.

Thank you Wikipedia

The large body of water here is Cardigan Bay. One of the best places in Britain to see dolphins and porpoises without getting into a boat. We didn’t spot any today on this blustery, cloudy day. We did walk along the promenade and did a little beach combing. We picked up pebbles to paint later, and drift wood to dry out and await inspiration.

Criccieth castle was built by Edward 1st. The promenade offers the chance to amble from Criccieth castle at one end to Dylan’s Restaurant for coffee,at the other end.

Vintage Sorting

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I have a HUGE collection of vintage textiles which I adore but it is out of control! The grand plan is to put some ( a lot ) in my Etsy shop and send it to a new home. Basically I am lucky to live in a small cottage and need to make the space. If I carry on collecting I think the walls of the cottage may bow Or Hubs might start to object)

The grand sort may take some time! In the meantime I’m enjoying playing with the fabrics and seeking out locations to use for photo shoots.

Take a look at my shop ( not much stock as yet but watch this space!)

Noddfacrafts.etsy.com

My Sewing Bee

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Having watched, and sort of enjoyed, The Great British Sewing Bee, I remembered making a waistcoat for a special person.

I don’t think it would pass inspection by the Bee Judges but at the time I was proud of this attempt at tailoring! It was in 1979 that my Sis got married and asked my eldest son to be her Pageboy! I made the trousers and waistcoat for the event and forced him to wear a bow tie. I remember making bound buttonholes as my machine didn’t have the facility. I was taught how to do bound buttonholes at school and have always had success with them.

Happy days!

Scrap Booking

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Scrap booking is not a craft that I normally indulge in, but my recent Indian adventure inspired me to make a record of it. I had printed off a selection of my many photographs, bought some glue and off I went. I had purchased a beautiful note book whilst in India which is what I have used.

I collected waste silk from the dying process, ephemera from the hotels and Textile workshops and of course, photographs. All these have been added to the scrap book. I’m not quite finished because there has been much more work than I anticipated. Hubs is keen to reclaim the dining room table so complete I will. May be I could do another one on crafts??

There is a dining room table under here somewhere!