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!
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!!
When in Agra I visited a marble workshop where men worked day upon day creating marble masterpieces. They inlaid semi precious stones into the marble to make gorgeous tables coasters and hand carved elephants I couldn’t carry one in my hand luggage ( and neither could I afford it) but they were absolutely beautiful.
Agra is also the home of the beautiful Wonder of the World known as The Taj Mahal I visited just after the dawn on a magical misty day. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity.
The recent cruise to Canada was a great success. The one project that I haven’t shown you was Decoupage, which is always popular. It’s the sort of decoupage where you glue torn pieces of pretty paper to a wooden form or box and then varnish it. I think that we all love messing about with glue and creativity.
The photo frames were decoupaged using the ships Daily Times, and cutting outsignificant locations. The end result was a great souvenir to take home.
Perhaps next time I will tell you something of the actual cruise!
One project that always proves popular at my cruise craft class is what we call “Textile Inspiration Packs”.The packs contain a selection of fabric pieces in various different types. There may be some colour co-ordinated velvet, cotton, corduroy, taffeta and perhaps,lace. They take quite some time to put them together, but it’s good fun.
The ladies take a pack and it’s over to them! They usually make a fabric brooch, a bag pendant or whatever they wish. Inspiration is the name of the game. We always take along beads, buttons and bows, brooch findings and clips.
This picture is of a jewellery roll which one lady was inspired to make. It’s lined with plain blue satin and pouches for beads – lovely.
I have spent the day in the company of my Lovely Grandson. In this part of the World it is half term so Grandparents all over the country are being called upon to mind their Grandchildren. I love these days and regard it as an opportunity to play childish games that I don’t normally have chance to do.
Today we were cutting and pasting. Not in the computer sence thank goodness, but using scissors and paper. We made a scrap book and Lovely Grandson drew delightfull pictures of his collection of “Skylanders”. For the uninitiated these are a tribe of Aliens who are used to play animated computer games and basically fight each other.
The drawings were all labelled with the characters’names, therefore improving writing skills as well as cutting out and gluing them into the home made book. Yes! That is something else that has changed. It’s no longer a “scrapbook” but a “smash book” – nothing stays the same.
Finally Lovely Grandson set up his Skylanders as a display using the
scrapbook smash book as the back drop. A creative, busy and fun day for both Lovely Grandson and Gorgeous Granny!
Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires particular knowledge of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan and rarely by craftsperson (craftspeople).
Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910, emerging later in Japan in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and it often used medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.Its influence was felt in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s and continued among craft makers, designers and town planners long afterwards.
I am aware that I have defined the word “craft” on this blog before. This is an attempt to differentiate “art” from “craft”. These definitions describe the Arts and Crafts movement or style, as fine art created by crafts persons eg William Morris
Examples of William Morris wall paper. Thanks to Wikipedia.