Saturday, 10 November 2012

A bit of this and that.

I am slowly catching up on things and thought I would share some. I have been doing quite a bit of dyeing for commissions and my own work. I love this fabric below which was wrapped in madder root and then steamed. It is much more red in the flesh!
Six weeks ago several ladies started a beginner sampler quilt course at the studio. The quilt below is Claire's first one and she also machine quilted it. The photo really doesn't do this Amy Butler fabric justice. There was also more contrast in the actual quilt than shows here.
These two pieces, both using naturally dyed fabrics have been in an exhibition at a local gallery.
For what ever reason (probably the photographer!) my camera doesn't seem to be giving clear images. This Blue "woad" Bells wall hanging was hand and machine stitched using woad dyed fabrics. It doesn't matter how many times I have made up a woad vat it is still smelly. No wonder Queen Elizabeth 1st passed a law requiring any woad factory to not be near a royal palace.
Today was spent at the studio making up kits for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate in two weeks. DS joined me to revise for some GCSE's that start soon. I had to be very quiet but I did get lots done.
By the end of the day I had 64 completed kits and just 32 to finish.


  1. Glad you've been able to get back to working again. I went to see the exhibition at Sleaford on Wednesday and liked your pieces that you've shown here. I particularly liked the Blue 'Woad' Bells, very delicate. Are you teaching at K&S? I'm going on the Saturday and I'm mostly hoping to get another look at some of the exhibitions. I went to Ally Pally but it was very crowded and I didn't stay long.

  2. Wow you have been busy..l am impressedxxxx
    How are things going?xxlynda

  3. Love the results you've got from the madder roots - wonderful colour! And had to smile about the woad law - I wonder if it's ever been repealed!


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