Kantha Stitching

March 26, 2015

Today was spent stitching with Daughter of Dowling group of ladies whereby we all worked with Kantha Stitch (or running stitch as it is often referred to).

My piece is hand-stitched on 4 layers of cheesecloth, so it feels beautifully soft to touch.   Experimenting with imagery I decided to include knots to give extra texture.   Used my hand-dyed thread to give colour change.

I am feeling a little hooked on Kantha Stitch.  The meditative feeling it gives while stitching is so relaxing.    A bonus!


Hands, Paint, and Paper

February 22, 2015

It is always a pleasure to create hand-made printed cards.

These were mono-printed from plants which were carefully selected to give sharp edges and clear imagery.

Quite a messy time but so much joy is involved.

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Dyeing again!

February 5, 2015

IMG_3666IMG_3664Experimenting with various resist techniques has produced these pieces of silk.   IMG_3662

Escaping summer heat in Dungog

January 23, 2015

Summer heat has been more humid than in past years…providing temptation to escape into books, then escape into my stash.



Over the years I have gathered lots of lovely laces, silks, embellishments and more, so feeding another one of my escapes, making bookmarks.

My friends love these little pieces of book-art.







January 16, 2015

The quietness of entry to the new year has brought time to consolidate.   Deciding on what I dont want to do, has been as important as spending my time as I really want.

So the heat of Australian summer has taken me to the depths of under our house, to my dyeing room to experiment more with dyeing silk scarves.

This is one result!





Time to reflect….

January 2, 2015


At the end of each year I usually find myself reflecting on the past, with views to improving my activities for the future.

These up-to-date photos of our airedale terrier, 2 year old Roxy, reflects my current state of mind.  Quiet thinking time rather than lots of activity, seems to be what I need for the beginning of 2015.






Hand dyed silk screened cotton aprons

December 30, 2014

Christmas presents made for friends included these two aprons.

I created thermofax screens at home using my sketches of herbs from our garden.

One apron was printed with thickened procion MX dyes, the other printed with textile paint.

The thickened dyes produced a softer image, whilst paint gave a crisper line.




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