Saturday, 14 October 2017

My favourite Season

Autumn colour

Harvest

Rose hips

Squash in the hedge

Marigolds

Autumn is my favourite season, mellow and bright. Still warm at the moment, still a lot of colour in the garden. We have began harvesting squash, a good year for all our vegetables, I have frozen pounds of beans, and during the year have also harvested potatoes, onions, garlic and salad crops. We are still harvesting carrots, beetroots. winter salad leaves mooli and have just began to dig the parsnips.
Rowan berries
Cosmos

Late ripening
Still having trouble with my wrist so sadly no hand sewing and slow weaving happening. I am having an injection on Tuesday which will hopefully keep me going until I can have an operation. At the moment I am still waiting to go on a waiting list despite having been diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome six months ago. Unfortunately that is our modern NHS or at least in this area.

Sunset


 A recent sunset, just caught the moment, gone a few minutes later.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Quilt and Textile show

We would like to thank everybody who visited our stand. We had a fantastic time talking to such interested and interesting people,  so many lovely compliments about our space. Hope to see you all again next year.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Our stand

 Some photos of our stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show mostly my work, the two indigo and rust pieces are by Liz Hewitt. For some reason a lot of the photos I took didn't work. The show is open until Sunday at 4.30pm. For details check the website http://westcountryquiltshow.co.uk
We have had loads of positive comments and its been tiring but fun.Will try and post more pictures tomorrow.





Monday, 28 August 2017

Phew, nearly there

 This is the final large piece that I have completed for our stand at the The South West Quilt and Textile Show, stand G56
http://westcountryquiltshow.co.uk
I have been very busy completing work hence no blogging. This will be wall hung at the show.



















 This is of a small piece that is waiting to be framed.
Small piece, limpet shell. weaving, rust dyeing
I will take some photos while I am at the show which opens on Friday 1st September.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Rusted, Weathered and Worn

Patches

Iron Dyed scarf
 Our exhibition opened today, crap photos, sorry but will give you some idea. My excuse, not a camera I normally use.
Will try better next time in about a week
More of my pieces

Liz Hewitt

Mine

Mine and Liz's work

Mine

Liz Hewitt

Mine

Liz is the rusted and blue piece

Liz and my denim piece

Liz Hewitt

Liz Hewitt, beautiful pieces, pity about
the photography

Close up

Close up

Friday, 23 June 2017

More dyeing

Woad seeds ripe for harvesting

Various clothing items
The really hot weather which has thankfully broken has ripened the woad seeds beautifully. I bought one plant two years ago, I reckon I am going to have a few more to plant next time around. As they are biennial I will plant half the seeds now and half next year.

I have been doing a fair bit of eco printing and dyeing recently of clothing from charity shops for the 'Worn' part of our exhibition. Here are some curing before being washed.

Day Lilies




I love day lilies, you can get colour from them as well especially the dark ones. I freeze them as recommended by India Flint, then they are ready whenever the dyeing mood comes to me.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

and some weaving

Rust dyed woven fabric

On the loom, rusty colours

This piece is finished now
Close ups of some pieces for Liz Hewitt's and my exhibition at Weston Quarry which is then travelling on to the West of England Quilt and Textile show.
Sorry the colours are a bit dark.

Dyeing and drying

Madder dyed clothing
 With the lovely weather I have been getting on with some dyeing as I can now cook them outside. Three garments, the bundle on the right looks the most promising, done in the twice used madder bath.
Some of our onion crop

More Madder
Also drying some of our onion crop.






















This was the first batch to go in the bath. Cotton cloth, silk thread and woollen yarn. I was amazed at the difference in colour between the wool and the other fibres. I can't wear wool but am tempted to dye some wool scarves as gifts for winter.

I have done a few more yarns but will show them another time.

Hoping to dye a blouse for my Mum over the weekend.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Natural dyeing

The results of my naturally dyed yarn so far, these are wool and a silk/wool mix and will be used in my weaving. From left daffodil, dandelion, and various shades of logwood. The grey was a used logwood bath with iron added.
Next I am hoping to dye with Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus all from the garden.

Portrait Shuffle

Self portrait
This is my portrait for the portrait shuffle organised by Through our Hands. All the portraits will be on show at the Festival of Quilts in August at the NEC.
Eco printed fabric and silk yarn



















The idea is to fundraise for Save the Children. Everybody who enters gets a portrait by another participant after the show. The closing date for portraits to be received is 31st July 2017 so I guess you can still enter.
When I started this piece I was going to do something clever and complicated to represent my work. In the end I did something simple, the me I would like to be and sometimes am. So someone will bet a portrait of the uncomplicated me along with my wonky stitching.
The words are by Mary Oliver and say 'When I am alone I can become invisible.