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Practice Piece

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Here is a practice piece that I did to play with Long Stitch. I learned a lot from this mini project. I decided to vary the length of the long stitch on the sky but I don’t like the result. It was meant to look more ” skyish” but with hindsight would have looked better with sky all one stitch length.

Whilst it was a canvas printed project from Twilleys of Stamford, I added my own variations. One change was the creamer underneath of the sheep on the right. It would have been better to do the whole sheep ( or more of the sheep) in the creamier white.

I also learnt to go up and down with the stitch on the reverse as well as the front. This technique produces a more even, padded effect on the front.

As I said it was a practice piece and worth the work to learn the lesson! I don’t usually like a practice sampler that is useless or not made into something useful! Have you any ideas what I can do with it?

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Cruise Crafts Bargello Canvas Work

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I was delighted to discover that my Bargello canvas work was so popular on the latest cruise. Some ladies ( men were conspicuously absent!) were waiting, not so patiently, for the craft to be on offer. We had a small ” introductory ” project providing canvas, yarns and some samples, and they were off.

What fun it was to teach those who’d never done canvas work and to learn from skilled participants. The sample we made could be turned into a needle case or a glasses pouch. I hate making a sample that is of no use so always try to make a useful item. On a ship there are serious time constraints preventing us from making larger items. It is much better if the ladies can take home a completed project so that they go away feeling good.

Cruise Crafts Decoupage

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Another craft that we did on our latest cruise! Decoupage is always a popular and a well attended craft class. I’ve come to the conclusion that we all enjoy messing about with glue, paper and being creative. We had some lovely and colourful boxes and hearts on display at our final exhibition. Above is just a sample! There is always a discussion about decoupage versus decoupatch. An explanation follows.

Decoupage requires gluing the paper in place followed by varnishing. In order to achieve a smooth finish, many layers of varnish are required and the object would need to be sanded between coats. (The term decoupage is also used for the technique often seen on handmade card where stiff cut-outs are layered to give a 3-D effect.) Decopatch is the modern version of decoupage. (Strictly speaking, Decopatch is the trade name of the French company that makes the special papers, glue etc, but it has rapidly become a generic term.) Decopatch paper selectionDecopatch papers are thinner, so it doesn’t require layers of varnish to give a smooth finish. The combined glue and varnish also makes the whole process much easier. The decopatch glue-varnish and aquapro varnishes are water based so you won’t be inhaling solvents as you work.

I have just one more cruise craft to show you from my recent working vacation, so watch this space!

Cruise Crafts Log Book

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On the recent cruise one of the crafts that I taught was the making of a log book or Journal about the cruise. The loose leaf file was covered in fabric and then embellished and used as a scrapbook. It was possible to embellish the cover using wooden printing blocks and many participants also used buttons, beads or fabric to add interest to the cover.

The passengers collected maps, tickets, postcards, photographs, and any other memorabilia to put into their log. At the end of the cruise everyone was delighted with their souvenir and maybe we have some converts to Smash booking.

Key Elements of a Smash Book. Instead of buying a scrapbook album and page protectors, a smash book is a journal in which you can write, draw, paint and glue in embellishments and memorabilia as you’re on-the-move. No planning is involved – you simply decorate as you feel

Cruise Crafts Block Printing

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Block printing is always so popular in my Craft Classes on board cruise ships. Everyone just loves to play with paint, colour, textiles and Block printing ticks all the boxes. I do have a wide selection of wooden printing blocks but due to weight restrictions, I have to limit the ones I take. I provide “ready to print” linen bags or tea towels and away we go.

I also provide buttons, beads and embroidery threads so that the bags can be embellished if the ladies wish. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see someone have fun and be delighted with the result. Often the ladies are unhappy because the printing hasn’t gone to plan. Usually we can recover from the mistakes using paint brushes and embellishments. And, as they say, turn the frown into a smile!

Cruise Crafts Crete

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I do like alliteration don’t you? As you may guess today I’m in Crete. Apparently the fifth largest Greek island and a great producer of olive oil. I did a tour around rural Crete. Field after field of olive groves and beautiful vineyards.

We visited a winery and sampled the local produce. We had a snack lunch in a Taverna which was lovely with the exception of the herbal tea. I’m a Morning Breakfast sort of a girl.

The weather was hot but with a gentle breeze. Perfect touring weather. I am told that September is the best month to visit. I haven’t , however had chance to see any beaches. So there’s nothing more to be said I will have to return. If it’s only to get some decent pictures.

Cruise Crafts Malta

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Hello from Valletta Malta. The best thing about cruising is that it feels like a “day out” in different countries. You get more or less a day to explore before moving on to the next destination. This presents the idea if you want to return for a longer holiday. I like 🇲🇹 Malta.

Of course I am teaching crafts on board and really having a ball with a great group of ladies . I will tell you more about the crafts in another blog.

In the meantime I’m currently enjoying my second coffee stop in this lovely city. I’m in the local Marks and Spencer’s as I can guarantee free WIFI nice toilets and good coffee!

Malta is quite rightly proud of its history. It is immediately obvious how it’s walls protected the people, troops and refugees during WW2. It is also a moment to reflect on those who lost their lives for us.

Now it feels a happy, sunny 😎 free place to live

Cruise Crafts in

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Hello from Ibiza. My crafty cruise has paused in Ibiza to explore and enjoy. I hitched a lift on the shuttle bus into Ibiza Town and wandered around the old walled town. A lovely place with many shops but a serious lack of crafty emporiums. There was an excess of white lacy garments that fit all!

I walked up to the old town and wandered along the walls. The views were lovely even through the fine rain.

This is a very sad view of a beach by Ibiza town. It appears that garbage, even a kitchen sink have been thrown over the cliff! Come on Ibiza clean your beach

Beautiful stone walls

Colours of Spain

Don’t forget that this is a working holiday so I will tell you about the craft classes on another day .

Cruise Crafts Cadiz

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My crafty cruise takes me to Cadiz today. The actual crafts are usually taught when we are at sea so today there is time to explore.The Cathedral is lovely and the city square provides plenty of coffee opportunities

It’s a special day today for Fred Olsen Cruises as all four of their ships are docked together to celebrate 170 years of the company.

For the businesses of Cadiz “their boat has truly come in”In fact three boats each spilling around 1000 people into the shops and restaurants

Well the sun has shone, the entertainment has entertained and I’m about to get ready for the sail away party. All three cruise ships will sail out of Cadiz in convoy. It’s then Ibiza here we come.