Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Last Saturday was the day of the Tracy Easson workshop at Rowan Tree Crafts in Carnforth.

I have already shown you what we made in the morning. The afternoon was just as much fun.

We made a wall hanging 'thingie' as Tracy described it!
The stamp is just a head and shoulders and we were shown how to extend it to create a body!
I have put a pen at the side of it to give you an idea of size.
Once again wonky stitches were required! 
On the sample that Tracy had made there was a boat on the girlie's head but I  found myself drawing a bird! 

Now, Tracy encourages us to name our girls, and I don't know whether you noticed, but on my book cover with Mary on there is a tiny piece of book paper showing.
I had chosen this paper, not by looking through the box that Tracy had brought, but by dipping in and pulling out the first piece I touched! I was surprised to see the name Orleans leap out at me. It was one of my favourite cities to visit when we went in 2015 and while there we went to learn about Joan Of Arc. You already know about my love of Eleanor of Aquitaine but Joan is another strong female figure in history that I admire!
Now Joan came to mind but it didn't seem right, so until later that evening she didn't have a name, then, just as Mary had decided on her own name, Joan was (as modern girl) going to be called Joni!
The words on her gesso dress came from the same piece of paper and were cut out randomly from different parts of the page to say something about her!
The words by her head are some of Tracy's cut from my Mary stamp from Which Craft in Doncaster.
'Quiet strength takes courage' are from one of Lynne Moncreiff's That's Crafty sets.

The other words are by AALL and Create's Tracy Evans (two different sets)

You can see here the sample that Tracy made, sorry it's upside down but one of the girls was using it to help her while she was making hers.
Oh! You can also see here one of the cards that Tracy made for us all, with the colours she used written down for us. 

As I finished this at home I was able to add some of my own lace.
I haven't yet been able to hang her up as I need some time to find the best way and we are a little busy getting ready for our trip! 

Thanks for looking and I hope you will forgive me for not getting to many blogs at the moment. I am not so quick on my phone and hubby has been printing out tickets etc, and we also have the threat of a train strike (again!)


Meggymay said...

Chris this is a gorgeous project Joni is beautiful . It is a super idea to extend the body on this kind of stamp. {I have a couple of these stamps and think they have only been inked a couple of times] You are encouraging me to think about trying this some time.
I hope your trip preparations are going well.
Yvonne xx

Redanne said...

Joni is equally as beautiful as Mary, I love her dress with the words and her hair is wonderful. The lace you added finishes the 'thingie' off beautifully! I hope you are not affected by another train strike! Have a wonderful trip. Hugs, Anne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Don't worry about visiting as long as we know you are OK. Joni is a glorious girl. She seems to have taken on a life of her own under your tutelage. I was most impressed by your hand stitching, something I am unable to do (grip a needle). Your added touches are perfect and I know you will one day soon find the best place to hang her so you will see her every day (every day you stay home, that is!).

Helen said...

I love Joni and the way you have extended her to create a body, with the raggedy (wonky?) hem is great.

Valerie-Jael said...

Your Joni turned out really well, that's a lovely idea for a hanging. Glad you had fun. Hugs, Valerie

sirkkis said...

Absolutely charming hanging. Love it 💞

Neet said...

This is fabulous and I am green with envy. What a fantastic class and what a beautiful result. You have done so well in choosing those words (and name) - so very appropriate.
Hugs, Neet xx

My name is Erika. said...

This is cool Chris. Joni is a good name. I think is a class I would like also because I need to work on people art and I love how you made this out of fabric. You were lucky to be able to take these classes. Hugs-Erika

Cath Wilson said...

This is fabulous, Chris! I love the bird :-)

A very special friend of mine lives not too far from Orleans (near Pithiviers) so I went there a few years ago...great part of France, isn't it? I saw where Jeanne d'Arc died when in in Rouen a long time ago, but I hadn't seen Orleans until then.

Cath x

froebelsternchen said...

Your Joni hanging is just fantastic Chris!

sheila 77 said...

I do like your wall-hanging thingie and I'm sure Joni would much rather have a bird on her head than a boat. I love the little bits of fabric and lace at the side and I enjoyed your story of how she came to be made.

Divers and Sundry said...

Lovely "wall hanging 'thingie'" :) Joni is beautiful and will be a nice addition. I particularly like the lace pieces.

Let's Art Journal said...

Joni is such a beauty! I love the fabrics that you used and the words that you added, it must have been so much fun creating these pieces on your workshop 😁. Have a wonderful day! J 😊 x