Thursday, 13 October 2016

South West Textile Group at Westonbirt

Skirt, top and scarf
This is my piece for the SWTG exhibition at Westonbirt Arboretum which opens today from 10 until 4 finishing on 20th of this month.
 I have seen some of the other work being displayed and it looks like its well worth a visit. See their website for general information

Wednesday, 5 October 2016


After my last experiments with indigo dyeing I wanted to try direct printing with the plant.  I am quite pleased with the results, but they are more faded than I would have liked so I need to work out how to get more intense colour. Its all experimental as I don't really know what I should be doing. If anybody out there is also trying this I would be interested in their methods. I bundled mine in the usual way and then put them in a pot with a fairly gentle heat for about two hours, it took a while before any colour came through. My friend Liz has also been dyeing with the plant so I am looking forward to seeing how she did.

Blouse dyed from previous indigo dyeing session
with leaf printing round hem


Plant dyed silk noil

Love the colours just need to be more intense

Puzzle Wood

Not much writing or much else going on at the moment. Visited the Puzzle Wood in the Forest of Dean a couple of weeks ago with my Mum. A bit dark for photos but here are a couple, a truly magical place. I hope you can get some idea from these. It has loads of pathways and 200 steps and was used as an iron workings. The landscape is partly natural and partly human made. It covers 14 acres and took us about an hour to get round at a leisurely pace. We saw a shrew and heard lots of rustlings. You can imagine fairy's living here.

Monday, 5 September 2016


I have a couple of new followers but no details if you have your own blogs I would love to be able to have a look.

Friday, 2 September 2016

So excited

View from the Shore
I have just had this piece selected for the exhibition 'Threads' at Salisbury Arts Centre on from 1st October to the 12 November. The selection panel were
 Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor of Selvedge Magazine, Michael Brennand-Wood, Textile Artist, Lecturer and Arts Consultant and Louise Evans, Visual Arts Manager, Salisbury Arts Centre. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016


Tie dye organic cotton scarf
Rescued by my friend Liz who just happened to have an indigo kit. We had a fun day despite choosing the only day of the week when we had rain, so controlling the temperature was difficult.
I also dyed some papers the next day. The indigo was by then exhausted and although I got good results on the paper the fabrics only came out the palest blue.

I have also been dyeing a few silk scarves with plants from the garden.
On its third dye, looks better now, was
very nondescript before its indigo dip.

Very pale and pretty, garden flowers overdyed
with indigo

This one is also an overdye

A bit of a hippy top

Silk scarf, leaves and rusty pole

Dyed with horsetail and garden flowers

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


It is hot today, I don't know 26, 27 centigrade, not far off 80 fahrenheit that's to hot for me so what have I been doing, gardening, am I crazy, definitely and now I am inside and hot, hot, hot. I have been clearing out dead raspberry canes and all the stuff the annoying neighbour has cut off my trees that overhang his garden and thrown back in mine, he's entitled but why is he cutting trees at this time of the year. My birches in full leaf, suffering from lack of rain and to much heat, He has no respect.

I am starting a new cloth, lots of people seem to be making 'feelings' cloths. I am doing one and would like to reference Fabienne who is my inspiration,
Mine was going to be about fearlessness but I am not ready for that, I am a very anxious worrying person so this is going to be a quiet cloth of contemplation.