Meanwhile… Photography

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 17th August 2015 In the UK, the invention of photography is popularly attributed to Henry Fox Talbot, of Lacock in Wiltshire (now owned by the National Trust, and housing a fabulous museum). However, Fox Talbot invented only one of the many processes devised for the long-term preservation of photographic images, and …

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Festival of Quilting

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 10th August 2015 I took my kids to the Festival of Quilts for the first time last week, and we were totally blown away by the imagination, skill, and beauty on display. There was an enormous amount to see, and even if we’d been able to stay for a day (four …

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Blank canvas

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 3rd August 2015 Another thing I’ve been wanting to do for years, is rug making. My parents introduced me to the concept of actually making your own when I found a whole pile of their homemade looped-wool rugs in the basement. What these were doing in the basement, along with woodworking …

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Credit where credit’s due

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 27th July 2015 This is a plea to anyone who shares stuff, particularly creative stuff, on social media or blogs. A few months ago, a picture of a beautiful patchwork popped up in my facebook feed, and I shared to the Wildbrook Woollies facebook page as one of my “colourburst” posts. …

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Meanwhile… Glass

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 20th July 2015 Following on from last week’s article about Diomo Glass, it seems fitting to focus on glass as an art medium. Glass in its natural state is formed when a felsic lava (one that contains a lot of silica) cools too rapidly for crystals to grow – the result is …

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Featured Artist: Diomo Glass

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 13th July 2015 Diomo Glass is run by 39-year-old Susan Morris, who’s been working with stained glass for over 10 years. Since founding the business in 2008, she’s worked from her home, now in Rye, East Sussex, UK. Susan’s interest in glass began while working at Hampton Court Palace, surrounded by …

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Meanwhile… Stone

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 6th July 2015 Last weekend, while camping at Gumber Farm, we were lucky enough to try our hands at stone carving, taking turns to hack bits out of the National Trust’s Rise of Northwood sculpture. This two-and-half-tonne lump of Portland limestone is moving between various locations on the Slindon estate in …

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Now on Pinterest

Follow me on Pinterest for many colourful pictures of wonderful stuff! There are boards for creativity in all its forms: art, bags, buildings, buttons, ceramics, clouds, coffee, enamel, fire, food, furniture, geology, glass, (craft) hacks, ice, jewellery, leather, metal, mosaics, photography, paper, plants, rugs, steampunk, street, stone, tattoos, textiles, water, wax, wicker, wood, and yarn-bombing! …

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Meanwhile… Mosaics

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 8th June 2015 Everyone thinks of the Romans when they think of mosaics. Of course, the Roman craftsmen produced the most elaborate and beautiful floors for villas all over Europe – some of which took years to build – but mosaic art began long before the then. The word “mosaic” is …

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Meanwhile… Tattoos

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 18th May 2015 Tattoo artists have always impressed me. Not only are they highly creative with the styles they produce (particularly when doing cover-ups), but also because – on the basis that they can’t rub it out and have another go – they achieve all that while working under the pressure …

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Meanwhile… Metal

As well as eschewing home economics in favour of woodwork, I also managed to wangle metalwork instead of the also-compulsory-for-girls needlework class. Perhaps if I’d hung around long enough to discover embroidery, patchwork, or tapestry, I might have stuck it out; but to the 12yo-tomboy-me, needlework meant “mending”, and I rebelled on principle. Besides, Metalwork …

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Meanwhile… Wood

As a 12-year-old tomboy, faced with the prospect of Home Economics classes, I rebelled. “I don’t want to do cooking,” I declared. “I want to do WOODWORK.” The school’s response was decisive: they said, “Don’t be stupid, you’re a GIRL,” and packed me off to flipping cookery lessons. I refused to take part, and my …

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Finger Crochet

So, not long after learning to crochet during a New-Year visit to my sister, and struggling to work my new crochet skills on my own yarn, I realised I was never going to get the tension right with a hook. And besides, the hook my sister had given me was a no.5, and my favoured …

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Meanwhile… Enamel

I’ve had a love affair with enamel since I was a child – maybe just because it’s shiny!! Even as an adult, I still opt for the enamel version of anything: it shouts “quality” and “longevity” and, most importantly to me, “BEAUTY”. When we talk about enamel in the art sense, we’re talking about vitreous …

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Welcome – Introduction!

Hello! I’m Leigh: plier of wool, herder of children, and drinker of (possibly too much) coffee. I’m having a long blog-break at the moment, but please browse the archive of weekly posts about all things beautiful and/or quirky. Between musings about my own wool-weaving (and how ridiculously excited I can get about the arrival of …

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Meanwhile… Hot air balloons

There is something about hot-air balloons that inspire a child-like pleasure in us all: their colour, the peace and tranquility they convey, the freedom… If you’ve never been up in a balloon, I recommend it – even if you’re scared of heights*. There is nothing quite like floating silently above the planet (no rush of …

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Meanwhile… The Travelling Tree

The Travelling Tree event is artist and creator Helene Barrott’s way of sharing her art, and creating new art in the process. This is no virtual tree-tour, where people feature a picture on their blogs or facebook pages, but a real-life tour, where participants get to host the actual artwork. The deal is they must …

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Meanwhile… Artichicks

In my mind, Artichicks is synonymous with colour, talent, beauty, and masses of quirk! As far as I can tell, new works fly off the shelf, and it’s not hard to see why. The regular facebook-photos like this one brighten my days :o) Find Artichicks on facebook and twitter. Follow Wildbrook Woollies on facebook for …

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Facebook

Have you seen the Wildbrook Woollies facebook page yet?! As well as snood-news, I share all kinds of other folks’ arty crafty stuff, including contemporary art, photography, embroidery, crochet, and so on. I try to share something each day… something that will make you laugh, or say “wow”, or both. Either way, it will be …

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Meanwhile… Isobel Moore

I found this on facebook today, from the incredibly talented Isobel Moore. You can buy this picture, and three more like it as postcards from her etsy shop (see link below). Find this, and more from Isobel Moore, at her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/threadnoodle Follow Wildbrook Woollies on facebook: facebook.com/wildbrookwoollies