but wow what a difference a good squeegee makes! I thought I was just rubbish at screenprinting but it turns out that with the squeegee that NEHOC sent with my lovely Gocco machine, I am a screeprinting wizard! Well, I might be exaggerating a little but the ratio of good prints to duds has significantly improved. I could quite happily have printed all weekend.
It was also my birthday at the weekend and my lovely husband bought me some Japanese craft books which I have been coveting for a while. I wasn't able to sleep last night and I think it was because my brain was whirring with all the new inspiration! You can tell I don't get out very often.
This is one of my favourite books.
Story Quilt. ISBN 978 - 4-391-13331-8
Unlike most Japanese craft books it is not a how to book but a wonderful coffee table book featuring the beautiful work of TAKAHARA, Yukari. Her work is quite spectacular. The detail in the applique. Mind boggling. I would love to have the patience to make something like that but the fiddliness would drive me crazy, so I am content to stare in wonder.
There are some rudimentary explanations of how to go about creating your own applique picture along with some outlines of girls and furniture which I am very tempted to use as embroidery patterns. I highly recommend this book. It is just wonderful.