Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ilminster exhibition


A walk in the woods
 Sorry about the dreadful quality of the images, my camera decided to develop a glitch so these are taken on the other half's phone which is coming to the end of its life.
Anyhow my work and a few general views of the exhibition.

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Detail of A walk in the woods

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Peek preview


Whilst not blogging I completely forgot to mention that I made a skirt out of fabric I had dyed a while back. Its not perfect, its a long time since I have done any dressmaking but I am quite pleased with the result. The pattern is a Vogue pattern designer Marcy Hilton.

Silk skirt using eco dyed fabric
 It is mainly machine stitched but I top stitched all the seams using a running backstitch which I learnt from one of Jude Hill's online classes. Its a very useful stitch as it looks like running stitches but won't pucker or pull. I am hoping to wear the skirt to the preview of the exhibition by South West Textile Group in Ilminster on Monday evening.

Close up of handstitched top stitch
There will be a seperate entry with just a peek of my two pieces both of which I hope will be hung.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Next exhibition

Welcome to a new follower, and I haven't even been posting.
Next weekend I will be taking my work to Ilminster for our new exhibition, then at last I will be able to post some images of the work.
I am now working on the pieces for July next year. One piece will be approximately 4 metres long so I am sitting stitching every evening, I think I have nearly done a metre, it is completely neutral in colour, off white on off white so I am hoping it will work.
I have so many ideas in my head they are toppling over but I must concentrate on work with deadlines as well.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


 We have just got back from a few days in Dungeness, Kent. This is a unique area that has something like 30 per cent of our native flora, the whole area is a nature reserve, and yes it does also have a nuclear power station. I fell in love with it at first sight though I do realise that miles of shingle may not be everybody's cup of tea.
The photos are just a small selection of the ones I took just to give a flavour of the area. It is also rust heaven. Its just laying about everywhere and there are loads of rusty old boat winches at intervals along the beach.

Sea cabbage 

Tracks from the lifeboat cradle

This is still an active fishing area

Derek Jarmans house
The tradional houses are more like overgrown sheds and would have belonged to the fishermen. They are mostly painted black and there are still some beautiful modern versions with picture windows being constructed. This one belonged to Derek Jarman the film producer, he made a beautiful garden which the current residents are keeping up. Most of the houses don't have boundary lines so it is difficult to know if are intruding on to somebody's land but some of the other gardens are very attractive, hard to acheive in such a hostile landscape.