Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Thing I Made



Without meaning to come over melodramatic, how did I breathe before I started making? With shame I admit, nary a piece of literature has held the attention of this bookworm-in-a-past-life. Not since a Google search four years ago: Knitting-Cast-On-How-To. But what was the passion or the thing that made me do mini victory dances, or rant a mile-long string of swear words when things went to hell in a handbasket? Not a clue, although I was much better at sitting still and giving over to a movie without the crafty multi-tasking. Much better at getting out and exercising (simultaneous crosstrainer and cross stitch anyone?).



I’m spluttering this all out with a quickened pulse, because I’m still on a high from the Thing I made last night. It started out as screenprinted, tea towel, mini-catastrophes, which I have had my eye on for some time. I was vaguely aiming at a Cushion Thing (because, let’s face it, a Quilt Thing is way too much commitment) and I had Rosalie Gascoigne wafting around in the back of my mind. Which is embarrassing to type, for I am no Rosalie but her work has always made my heart go thumpety thump.



It was all quick and speedy and thrown together and then edited a bit and then accidentally mixed up again but I didn’t care and the thing that excites me ever so much, is that I am SO excited, that whatever this Thing, this Scrap of Textures Thing is, it makes me want to sing with hundreds of exclamation marks!!!



I just typed a whopping three exclamation marks and you’ll just have to let your imagination run WILD for the rest.

47 comments:

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

it's absolutely bloomin wonderful! I adore that thing you made!

Anonymous said...

I think you are more than entitled to write yourself in the same sentence as Rosalie Gascoigne given your fine eye for composition, juxtaposition, type and kerning.

Although I am not at all sure about those exclamation marks; three...?

Lovely thing you made there Mrs.

Stomper Girl said...

Love your work, as always. Worth the exclamation marks for sure.

Kylie said...

Your hearts-a-thumling because it's just so brilliant babe!!! (3 exclamation marks) Kx

p.s. LOVE Rosalie Gascoigne too :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I can't believe you just threw it together - looks amazing. Love the textures and it deserves all those exclamation marks and many more.

One Flew Over said...

Pre craft I was uptight and neurotic. Post craft...I'm still a bit of both but to a lesser degree.

clare's craftroom said...

I am so giving you extra exclamation marks for this wonder !!!!!!

Carla said...

That is a truly marvellous thing. Just goes to show what can come out of a previous disaster!

Tas said...

Oh Tania. It is gorgeous!
!!!!!!!!!!!

yardage girl said...

Nice one, and good use of happy accidents! I could make a quilt to cover the house with mine ;o)

Anne said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not sure if I really like it though, are you?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Speechless!! love it!

i have tried to cross stitch on the exercise bike, it proved to be rather ineffectual on both counts.

i lvoe what you ahve made with these absolute scraps.

Andi said...

I lerve it very muchly!!!!!!!!!
xx

PS Rosalie Gascoigne!! What a legend!!

Anna said...

Love that thing you made! LOVE!

teddybearswednesday said...

I love it!!
And Rosalie Gascoigne make my heart going pumpy pump too. xo

Michelle said...

When I saw the first photo in your post I thought "ooh Tania's channeling a little bit or Rosalie" and there you go! You were! It's amazing. And beautiful. And awesome. You are awesome.

peppermintpatcher said...

It is a thing of beauty!

Posie Patchwork said...

Friggen fantastic!! Look at you go, check you out girl!!
I just don't know how before i had 4 children & 2 crafty businesses, plus a Shop, i managed to JUST attend Uni, without a care or responsibility in the world. Living at home, no housework, mummy would sew my buttons on, cook all my meals, daddy fix my car.
What the hell was i doing with all that time. Same friends, same husband, yet throw 4 children into the mix & bam, can produce a patchwork quilt a day?? Love Posie

Bernice said...

I don't know what it is, but I know that I like it. Fabulous!

flowerpress said...

How clever you are at expressing that inexpressible making imperative that we all share!
And how beautiful is your creation. I'm fascinated with that amazing colour combination which is so unlikely and yet so perfect.

willywagtail said...

I do like that. It sort of makes me think of chopped up newspaper that has been randomly rejoined. Very effective. Cherrie

Maggie said...

wow, 4 years, really, is that all?! I love the thing you made.

silverpebble said...

Oh that feeling you have - it's just the best. I think I had something similar recently when I fiddled around and Bingo! A silver acorn.

The mix of letterpress and pattern, the colours, the little squares. It's all so so good.

Lola Nova said...

It has very honestly taken my breath away and totally deserving of extra exclamation marks!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You started out with the best ingredients .... lovely colours , fabric and texture .... and then made something gorgeous out of them .
Few of us can say we made it from scratch , but you can .
Brilliant !!!

Nikki said...

Definitely a touch of Rosalie in that there thing you're making. And it's looking good.

(I'm so glad you got bitten by the making bug. We're all richer for it).

Nikki said...

PS. I can knit and walk to the post office.

Angus In Northcote said...

Good restraint, well played. Remember: you are on a Punctuation Police watch list.

Isabella Golightly said...

I'm lovin' it. It looks almost like a strawberry pavlova, before. Yum.

Cass said...

I love it, the colours are great.

dillpickle said...

Wow! That thing you made is pretty good (a rather serious understatement).

PS My word verification is 'swoon'. Rather appropriate, I think!!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I Love this thing you made! I'm terrified to attempt anything remotely resembling quilting, I'm sure i'd never get it all lined up so beautifully. The colours look great, I bet you'll think of something stunning to make with it, though it actually looks amazing just to hang!

Amanda said...

This thing you made is insanely gorgeous and as about as perfect as it gets...LOVE

Jodie said...

and a thng of wonder it is, this thing you made....
You amaze me ....always!

Fer said...

Lovin' it... just down right lovin' it!!!

beck said...

Amazing! And so are you xo

june at noon said...

What a great Thing, and I totally understand. I am only beginning to read again after taking a long hiatus from bookworm status--and even now, it doesn't get a chance of competing the with Making of Things.

june at noon said...

Scratch that. Reverse it. Should be "with the Making of Things." ;)

Kirsty said...

I love the misprint fabric. It's wonderful.

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

You have the most amazing mind T. I really love your work. I love that it is so unique and unconventional. It delights me every time.

You know, my painting started with knitting too. A 4ply garter stitch scarf was what started it all. Isn't it interesting. Somehow just the act of creating leads to so many incredible places.

See you Saturday chicko.

Mel said...

Holy Moly! That Thing is a stunning Thing alright! And three exclamation marks has me thinking you're almost at the point of a heart attack with excitement!!!

Sonia said...

Love your creation,beautiful creative woman. You bring a piece of fabric alive!!!( I am such a fan of three exclamation marks).

vadjutka said...

It is so beautiful - congrats!

I really like the fabric - can you tell me who designed it?

Angie said...

Gasp

LOVE
LOVE
LOVE

that thing you made Miss November

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh my, I hear my heart going thumpty thump too! So worth three exclamation marks!!!

Sally said...

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!