Sunday, 30 September 2012

My First Love

Bliss, 2009
Now I don’t want you to think that I have gone all gooey and romantic and that I am going to write about my first love i.e. the first boy I kissed or fell in love with – NO!  I have written it often enough about how much I enjoy working with textiles and how much I love fabric, lace and buttons and I am confident that I will continue to enjoy creating beautiful items!  But, I have discovered this week after many years that my first love is... DRAWING!  Not any kind of drawing, but using charcoal (my favourite medium) to draw the human body.  I have started attending a Life Drawing class this week and it was fantastic!

Sapphire, 2009

Lovely venue, lovely people, excellent tutor and I have to say I was in my element using charcoal on paper again!  I was a bit rusty after a few years absence, but I was totally absorbed as I looked and I listened and I let my hand swirl around the paper!  My first effects show that I wasn’t really drawing what I could see, but what my idea of the human body is – so that will have to be knocked out of me soon!

With the guidance of an excellent tutor, I hope to gain more confidence and produce drawings that I am happy to show you, but it may take a few weeks!  I am no stranger to drawing the human figure, women particularly, and if you have visited my website you will see drawings and artworks that I have formally created  To give you a taster I have included two of them above.

Attending the drawing class is great! It is great to take time out from all the creating with fabric and using my sewing machine.  It is perfect to just sit and relax and enjoy drawing without any pressures and to just go with the flow!  I think you may see in time why it is my first love.
September has been a fantastic month for sales on Folksy – the BEST month since I joined folksy last year.  I am thrilled with this success and I have certainly complained often enough about the lack of sales or felt quite down about it, so I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my customers – without them my enjoyment of what I do would be lacking in that thrill of someone liking something enough to spend money purchasing it!

I have lots of new things planned for the coming month in the lead up to Christmas – more notebooks & journals, diary covers, bags (they take longer so it is a struggle to make time for them!) purses and further items in my range I am developing for men.  (I do like a challenge!)
Finally, I would like to give a huge round of applause to the September Sellers daily listing club on folksy.  The unrelenting support and encouragement is second to none.  We share sadness and joy, have laughs and moans and it is lovely to belong to this virtual family!  Special thanks to Natalie of NOfkants Curios who keeps things running smoothly and is the captain at the helm – what a fabulous job she does!

I have given you a taste of the beautiful creations that these lovely creative folk produce with photographs to illustrate my blog post today.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to click on the photos and it will take you directly to the shop – do stop and have a browse – you never know what you might find!



TOP TO BOTTOM: Clare Sherwen, Gimme That Thing, Leanne Woods Designs, Red Devil Crafts, Leanne Woods Designs, CeeCee Gem Designs, Paper Chains & Beads - Jewellery, Cards & More with Vintage Style.


  1. Your charcoal drawings are wonderful, Edwina. I too love using charcoal and chalk as it's a really fluid medium. You've inspired me to go back to the drawing board!

    Thanks for including my teal wire wrapped ring and here's to many October sales.

  2. Such lovely drawings Edwina. I am full of envy. I cannot draw for toffee!

    Great blog with some lovely teal coloured items.

    Shirley x

  3. Thank you for including my rose bag and wow what great drawings!

    Clare xx

  4. Wow those drawings are wonderful. Won`t be long before we see more recent drawings, can`t wait.
    A beautiful selection from the September Sellers.


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