New year, new bullet journal in hand, I’ve been hard at work in the studio the past week. Admittedly, not doing anything particularly new, but I have spent many hours at the sewing machine nevertheless!

I’ve been putting the finishing touches to my latest course – Winter Landscapes – by adding a bonus section, showing how to use the same technique to create landscapes in all seasons (for our antipodean friends!) and what to do with the leftovers.

I’m very pleased with the results for the scraps, but a bit uncertain about one of the seasonal landscapes. There’s always room for me to learn something new, and I did just that by repeating the course three more times within one week!

Next week I’m going to be delving back into the Find Your Joy painting course, to redo the exercises after a few months’ break from concentrated painting. Until then, I’ve been trying to build a tiny stitch habit – grabbing anything, and something else, then stitching part A to part B – sketching, or doodling, if you like. Just something to say “I have stitched today”. It’s not necessarily going to be anything, other than trying to cultivate a different approach to my usual deadline-driven erraticism – a step towards becoming more diligent with my practice.

There. I said it – the P word!

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  1. Sally Carter says:

    Hi Isobel,
    I have just come across your website via Pinterest and your Winter Landscape course looks very inviting. I have just moved to Jersey, Channel Islands and am desperate to start working on a seascape. I have done quite a bit of machine embroidery, hand stitching etc., so…do you think that I might be able to adapt this course to all things sea? Best wishes, Sally

    1. Isobel says:

      Hi Sally! Thank you for taking time to get in touch. The Winter Landscape course is obviously landscape-based, exploring how machine stitch can be used to create landscape features (texture, trees, fences etc). The basis is using all sorts of fabrics and threads with water soluble fabric, allowing us to create lots of texture. I do have a Seascapes course though! It’ll be open in a few months, nearer the summer. It’s much bigger than the Winter Landscapes course, including more techniques plus diversions into Celtic imagery, knots etc which is why it’s “Celtic Seascapes”. The basis for the seascapes is more mixed media, starting with a painted paper collage, worked into with fabric, threads and stitch. You could certainly use the techniques in Winter Landscapes to create seascapes, with oodles of texture – but if it’s specifically seascapes you’re after, with all things aquatic, Celtic Seascapes is the one…but it’s not open at the moment, whereas WL is (until the end of February). You could always do both – but worth knowing that WL is less than half the cost of the much bigger Celtic Seascapes (£82 vs £188/£47 x 4) – and it’s open now. I’ll leave it to you to have a think, but don’t leave it too long because I will be closing WL on 29 February!

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