Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Art Chain - Day 2

If you popped by yesterday you would have seen that my dear friend, Gabrielle Price, has challenged me to join in an art chain.  I really cannot tell you how excited I am about this.  For the next five days I have to share 3 pieces of my past work and to challenge someone else each day to do the same.

It is a great opportunity to dig out some of my favourite things from the past and have another look at them.  There is very little on my blog which I am not reasonably pleased with.  Not because I never make anything I don't like, far from it, just that those pieces end up in the bin and not on my blog.  However, it is very interesting to see how much my style and the fashions have changed over the past four years, which is when I started to photograph my work.

My favorite pieces will change from day to day but the following are among those which gave the greatest satisfaction when I first made them.

This counted cross stitch from 2011 took a long time to make but it has always been one of my favourite pieces.  It is a Butternut Road pattern by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum entitled "Earthdancer".  It is full of tiny beads as well as fine strips of suede and even a little bit of angora wool.

I very recently dabbled with a little bit of steampunk, giving it my own style.  Because I used two of the Sizzix layered Bigz dies (the ones with the texture fades embossing folders), the bee and the dragonfly, I needed a fairly large notebook to work on.

This card is from 2012 and features the Saturated Canary image Witchkeys, a firm favorite of mine and pure joy to colour.  I have done it in more traditional colours but this time I gave it a modern twist.

This is actually a Facebook challenge and therefore I can only nominate someone I am friends with on Facebook.  Today I challenge Zoe Young Kirkby - one of my longest Crafty Boots buddies and an amazing colourist.  If you get the opportunity you really should see for yourself.  I hope she is able to accept my nomination and share 3 pieces of her past work for 5 consecutive days.



  1. Fabulous Dionne, I can see why these are amongst your favourites! If I remember correctly, it was that steampunk project that drew me to your blog...what a fabulous mixed media piece! You should really dabble with mixed media more often because you have a natural talent for it! see you tomorrow, hugs :)

    1. Thank you, I am gradually gather a collection of mixed media materials so I can have a go. I bought 3 Tim Holzt Layered Stencils this week and I have got all of the ingredients to make your texture paste. Need some inks next.



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