I am a crime writer, mostly 'cozy' crime but also some psychological thrillers. There are two sets - Cleo Marjoribanks Mysteries (set mostly in the New Forest) and The South Downs Murder Mysteries. There are also some stand alone novels. They are all on Kindle - if you don't have one, get the Kindle APP!
I am also an international travel writer so some of my blogs are about my travel.
I hope you buy lots of my books, enjoy them and enjoy my blogs.
Friday, 8 July 2016
Artistic Endeavours 'By Numbers'.
Cross stitch with silk, beads and metalliscthread
The advent of colouring books takes me back to my childhood.
I loved colouring books and in those days we could let our imaginations run
wild - we chose which colours we wanted to use.
Later came painting by numbers and now we have the less
messy pencils. I understand that fans of these new magazines find it soothing
to sit and colour a picture. Me? I wish I could paint as my late father did but
My artistic bent is more along the lines of embroidery.
Nowadays - and it has been for a very long time - counted cross stitch is the
'fashion'. More doing it by numbers!
The great pity for me is that I love doing 'proper'
embroidery using a host of varying stitches. Unfortunately it is very difficult
to find pre-printed fabric or even stencils and fabric. The last time I managed
to purchase pre-printed fabric - in the early 1990s - the material was
dreadful. I think is something that my mother's generation called crush. It was
difficult to get the needle through this cheap fabric.
My favourite type of embroidery
It was also some time in the 1990s that I managed to buy a
'repeater' stencil. (You damp ironed it onto the fabric as many times as you
need). Fabric? None to be found so I resorted to a white sheet and made a table
cloth and napkins.
I find doing embroidery both restful and a help when I am at
the creative stage of writing a novel. Doing two jobs at the same time!
Take up colouring books? No, not possible. I have repetitive
stress injuries in my right wrist, elbow and shoulder. Writing? I use a
fountain pen - in short spurts.