Tuesday, 6 August 2013

WOYWW and Image Transfers

I do hope Mrs Dunnit, WOYWW Headmistress, doesn't give me detention for being absent for two weeks. Please Miss I couldn't help it! I've been down to Brighton to visit my curly girlies, alias the Brighton Belels, alias two of my grandees. 
Back again just in time to attend Vicky Stampers last Saturday where Lynne gave us a super workshop and we had good fun this month improving our skills transferring images on to fabric. We then used our examples to make a book which also incorporated some stamping. Lots of inky mess, especially for me as I decided to colour my calico shades of pink, orange and red.  
I've been using the breakfast table to finish it off with beads and ribbons and some free embroidery. It's such a lovely spot to sit, especially as I can also watch all the visiting birds.
On the table there are also remnants of the card I made for my little fraulein's 4th birthday, next week. I hope she has a very special day. 
The Brighton Belles will be visiting Germany with their parents just in time for the birthday party so I hope they all they all enjoy this rare opportunity to have lots of fun together.
Looking through the window into the garden, I realise that I have another "workdesk" waiting for me  on the patio as there are several perennials, that we bought on our travels, all waiting to be planted but we've had so much rain so it has been impossible to get out there.
If you would appreciate a snoop on many, more desks just get over to Julia, the Headmistress of WOYWW, for the complete register of all those present this week. 
That's my desk for this week but browse on if you have time and would like to see the results of the image transfer workshop.

Recently Donna gave me fabric print which was just perfect to add as an extra  couple of pages in my book.
I will possibly add more hand embroidery when I've had a good think about it.
On Sunday we visited the Knowsley Flower Show and I just had to include these photos of the Mersey Morris Men performing traditional dances and they are especially for WOYWWer Lynne of Textile Treasury blog who is a part of the Norfolk Morris scene.(Spot the Liver Birds on their sashes Lynne!)
It was amazing seeing them throwing the sticks in the air, knocking them, swapping them and catching them. All good fun and so clever.
I think this dance was "Jenny Wren"
It is good that English traditions are being kept alive.
Despite the show being in the heart of the city, Knowsley is close to rural areas so it was a proper flower show and the entries were excellent.

One of my favourites, Sweet Peas, ... I adore their fragrance.
After being AWOL for a couple of weeks I hope to get round lots of your desks this week. 
If you've time... pop over to see what's the latest exciting news on LillyBo Quilts too!


voodoo vixen said...

Jo, I love your fabric book, the colours are so exotic, I never think to mix pink and red and orange but it really is lush! How fab to see the Morris dancers in action and I bet that tent with the sweet peas smelled wonderful!

Nikki said...

You've been busy your image transfer book is just delightful what a treat to flip thru it :)
love all those flowers too
hugs Nikki no # yet

Kimberly Hogan said...

What fun photos you shared this week. I LOVE the fabric journal. Just BEAUTIFUL!!! I love all the flowers (too bad we don't have smell-a-vision, or at least a scratch n' sniff), and the pics of the Morris Men, looks like it was just good ole' fashioned fun. And what a great view from your desk. Happy Hump Day!!! (((HUGS)))

Glennis said...

What a busy time you have had, I would have loved to see Morris Dancers when we visited UK, but it was not to be.
The flowers look wonderful!

mammafairy said...

good to see you back!

Jackie said...

Was looking at your desk thinking lovely view out of the window ... A lovely place to sit and craft!
Those sweet peas look fab the colour of them
Jackie 29

Belinda Basson said...

I can smell those sweetpeas from here! LOVE them! #43

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi Jo! Yes, I´m back in WOYWW - although not being at home next two Wednesdays... my DH has his summer holidays.
Your garden looks SO beautiful! And so does your book.
We here have the 2nd birthday next Friday - the party is on Sunday. How fast the time has gone...

Happy Wednesday!
Tuire #53

Redanne said...

Hi Jo, I have been AWOL a lot longer than you have so I guess I will well and truly get detention! Just called to say hello - love all your fabulous photos, especially the Morris Dancers. Hugs, Anne x

mamapez5 said...

What a beautiful place to sit and work. Your garden looks a perfect haven for the birds.
I am not sure how I feel about your book. I have read a lot about the image transfer techniques, and I love the bright colours. It is not rally my style, not something I am likely to do anyway, but fascinating all the same.
I love the flowers. My dad grew lots of phlox and we used to pull off the flowers to drink the nectar at the base of each one! The Morris men are always fun to watch. They would enjoy it out here. Spanish men love to dress up and dance! I love all traditions, British and Spanish.
Thanks for your visit. Kate x #56

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think there's something oddly sexy about blokes dancing like that..harking back to proper pagan times! Love the fabric book pages, such vibrant colours and textures. And haven't you got a pretty garden! Love all the trees :-)
Hugs, LLJ 58 xx

Neet said...

Love your fabric book Jo. Maybe when I get back I can get something done that I want to do instead of meeting deadlines all the time.
Great pictures of the garden. Enjoy whilst the weather is good.
Hugs, Neet xx#50

fairy thoughts said...

Late to bed again Jo ? I'm not surprised you have been so busy. Lovely colourful vibrant book it matches the summery colours on the garden. The trouble with rain apart from the obvious is that it makes everything grow so much quicker. Good luck with the planting
Janet @27

Cardarian said...

Oh what an amazing book of transfers you have made! Sooo beautiful! I won't do WOYWW today as I am busy - it is Annas birthday and other things happenning! Just popped over to look at your lovely work!
Lots of hugs,

Julie Ann Lee said...

Welcome back! I really missed your lovely vivid blog! Now that fabric book is spectacular! Exotic is just the word that came to my mind and then I saw that Voodoo Vixen had said that too!! The colours, textures and images are perfect. Your garden looks so lovely, I just wanted to step into it! Have a great WOYWW! Julie Ann xx #41

Annie said...

So good to see you're back. You have been missed but I knew you'd be having just the best of times with your gorgeous curly girlies :-)
So many exciting things going on Jo....I love Morris dancing too and those flowers are stunning. Hope to see you some time soon.
A x # 59

Spyder said...

Your wisteria look rampant! love the garden chairs and your book is amazing! what fabulous fabric! Happy WOYWW!!
((Lyn)) #38-ish

Maisie Moonshine said...

Fantastic fabric book. Love the colour and all the textures. Fab project. Looks like you had a fun fortnight! MMx #65

sandra de said...

Lovely to see you back in woyww. Your garden is stunning I don't think I would get much craft done if I could be in your garden. I can almost imagine fairies dancing in the sunlight. Lovely pics of the flower show and dancing men!
Sandra @46

CraftygasheadZo said...

What a super post, Jo. Love your garden looks so inviting and how lovely to look out on to from your desk. Fab fabric book too. Take care Zo xx 72

Twiglet said...

Oh Jo - that book will be so scrumptious when its finished!! What a fab post you have created for us today. Your garden pic just made me want to get my collage stuff out and create a pic - what a lovely view of your garden. Take another for me when you have put your new plants in!!! x Jo

Lynda Norton said...

Great things done at your workshop, love those. YOur garden is fabulous too.
I must mark the Knowsley show for next year, looked good day out. I dont think I am so far away from you, nice to see a desker so close (dont worry I wont stalk you)

Lynda #82

Shoshi said...

What gorgeous photos, Jo. Your little fabric book is exquisite, and the fabric transfers have certainly worked very well. What a beautiful garden you have, too. The Morris dancing photos are amazing - brilliant to catch the sticks in mid-air! I used to go out with a chap who did Morris Dancing with his dad, and it was fascinating. I agree that we should keep our country traditions going. People always laugh at Morris Dancing but I think it's fun!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #75

trisha too said...

Jo, gorgeous photos, thank you for an awesome post! That book is beautiful--little books are one of my favorite things ever. And I always enjoy it so much when people post pics of their gardens and local things, or their holidays--it's part of the woyww fun, I suppose.

A Happy WOYWW to you, Jo,
#17 this week

trisha too said...

So you made me want to see some Mersey Morris Men in action--there are plenty of youtube videos, not of this particular occasion, but enough to give those of us who have never seen them a glimpse!


Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Jo, glad you had such a lovely time. The flower show looks delightful, I love to see the 'olde English' traditions kept alive. I should be getting my quilt finally finished this week! I managed to give myself a 'trigger thumb' using secateurs in the garden- I can't believe how awkward things are when you can't bend your thumb! Its on the mend now though, so heres hoping. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #48 xx

Paul Browning said...

Brilliant to have caught up with you on Saturday if only briefly :) I miss the dose of creative enthusiasm you bring and inspire me with. Love your transfer book, that wonderful, vibrant, in-your-face red colour is gorgeous. And your transfers have worked really well too. looks great fun to make. Pxx

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your sweet comment, Jo. I'm feeling fine from the cystitis today but totally wiped out otherwise - not surprising really, so I'm resting today before going over to the new house again tomorrow. So glad you like my new ARTHaven! I keep pinching myself to see if I'm awake and it's real - I still find it hard to believe that I've got such a beautiful space to be creative in!

Shoshi #75

Caro said...

So nice to spend time with family...it is very special. Love the little book and the flowers look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#112)

Angie said...

Just dropped by to say HI ...Love all the photos ...and I too love Sweet Peas ...have a great time away Take Care xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Fab pics Jo, and so glad you've had time off with your Brighton Belles...it's lovely to think of them all getting together in Germany too - happy days. The view from your breakfast table is lovely, no wonder you've enjoyed being there. your garden is beautifully established. Really great image transfers..as always, am super impressed that you've actually 'done' something with it, but you would huh! And waht a something, it's gorgeous.

Helen said...

so good to see you back again - and with such a variety of things to share - the fabric book is beautiful, and so are all the plants at the show, and great fun to see the Morris dancing. Thanks again for my goodie bag!! Helen, 6

Helen said...

Blooming blogger ate my first comment!! Wonder what I said...
The fabric book is just beautiful, what a great class that sounds. The pictures from the Show look wonderful - those sweet peas are just gorgeous, I can almost smell them through the screen! Have a good week, and thanks again for my goodie bag!! Helen, 6

Danie May said...

Wow it sounds like you have had a fabulous time over the past few weeks and I loved seeing the photos from the flower show. I would so love a view like yours from my workspace. Your image transfers onto fabric and your book using them are fabulous too. Really like my visit to your desk today. Happy WOYWW! Danie #14

kattera22 said...

I love doing image transfers!!! (though i've never made a fabric book) Thank you for sharing you crafty goodness! and Happy WOYWW!
-Tera #104

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hi Jo! Love what's on your desk, your lovely book and your (wet) garden! We've dried out now but the field over the road was flooded for a while! Chris113

sandysewin said...

I love the colors you used in your book. It looks like it could be an endless project, adding fun bits and bobs to it.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #9

glitterandglue said...

What a great post, Jo. Love the little book. The Morris men are truly enjoying themselves, and the flowers are just lovely. Great happy sigh - lovely!!
Have a good week.
Margaret #68

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

playing catch-up is no easy task, but I adore your transfer book. I've made transfers, but never onto fabric. You did a fantastic job. And the color red is perfect, too.

I love tradition and history, so seeing these reenactments are superb. Glad you took us along.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post Jo looks like you've been having a brilliant time out and about. Love the little transfer book and I hope you get the plants in the ground, it should be a good growing season this year. have a great weekend.

Brenda 3

Eliza said...

Beautiful book of transfers, so bright and cheery. Sorry I am visiting so late, working horrible hours again. Belated WOYWW greetings

Eliza & Yoda 24

sara j said...

So much to see on your blog and it all so beautiful!! I just love WOYWW. First off, your transfer book is so cool. I love vibrant colors and your bits and bobs are a great addition to the lovely images. Trust me if I had a table that overlooked that terrace garden I would work there all time!! So lush and gorgeous. And the pictures you've taken in this post and of the lavender are just gorgeous. I love sweet peas...they are probably my favorite scent. Seems you have a lovely and full life...that makes even a stranger smile. Happy to have met you...tee hee.
Sara j #59

okienurse said...

love the awesome red fabric book...I really like the image transfers! Great pictures of the weekend, flowers and garden. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I am so late getting around this week but I am making it around finally! Hope you had a great weekend! Vickie #36

Kyla said...

Fabulous fabric book and image transfer.
I also love your garden, its wonderfully secluded and green....no hard feat after the prolonged hot spell.

Happy woyww

Kyla #87

Lynne said...

Oh Wow, love this post Jo. Yes those Morris Men look the Biz! I love the whole thing about Molly and Morris and just wish it was more in the mainstream of English knowledge, instead of being either ignored or made fun of.
Love your fabric book too, beautiful, I have some myself though haven't worked on any for years.

And yes, sweet peas - beautiful, my faves! Lx

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