Resisting Colour

October 24, 2016

Stepping aside from intense colour to try my hand at softer muted tones, has been my practice this October.  Using various “Resisrs” has helped to reduce another layer of intensity.  And here are some results on silk.

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Sitting on the fence

October 17, 2016

Recent changes to my dry studio had all my “tools of my trade” all boxed up, & it has been time out for me from creativity.  A little like sitting on the fence watching and willing progress to speed up.  All finished now!   Hooray.

Socking news!

October 6, 2016

Six years ago I was so mesmerised by the beautiful sock wool for sale at Sydney’s annual quilt show.

Of course I bought enough wool to knit 5 pairs, didn’t I?  Thought they would be easy….another big mistake!

Not one to be deterred, over time, I got out the knitting needles and pattern book and grimaced my way with each stitch.  In fact I became very proficient, at undoing my knitting.  Also very proficient at watching you-tube knitting tips, which indeed saved what was left of my sanity.

I am so pleased to announce that tonight I finished my FOURTH pair.  Hooray.    (A friend knitted the 5th pair).  Here’s a photo of three pairs (the other pair us in the wash).

Who wants my sock knitting needles?


Curious colour

October 3, 2016


Creating lovely silk scarves continues to be a passion of mine.  Here I have worked intuitively allowing my hands to direct the paintbrush. Curiously, I always enjoy the outcomes that result from a freewheeling approach.  I feel that the warmth of black (my colour mix) provides a moody contrast to the application of strong warm & cool colours.  And the shapes seem to injection spontaneity.



Waxing with colour

September 4, 2016


Making time for creative play with a ‘partner of crime’ yesterday got me deeply involved in wax, various papers, & silk.  It was also an opportunity to work with shapes to create textural visual interest.  Mmm, more work is to be done!




Textures of the Landscape

August 31, 2016

Living in The Upper Hunter close to the Barrington ranges floods my eyes and mind with a myriad of colours, textures and moods from the landscape.

I feel this piece of work (just finished) is a subconscious effect of being surrounded by the land and its beauty.  My felted wall hanging was made using wool & silk rovings, yarns, and fibres, then embellished with hand stitch.

This is the morning view from our back yard ….. It is never the same, even though it always is!

Today the colours were so so soft, caused by diffused sunlight and a gentle smokey haze due to farmers burning off their land before summer arrives.


Hands on Silk.

August 16, 2016



Don’t you just love the feel of pure silk?

Dungog’s  weather is losing its biting chill that keeps me out of my cold wet room.  Warming midday sunshine is beckoning me to this special place where I can dye to my hearts content.  Dyeing silk is a delicious activity and shibori techniques are always so enjoyable for their surprise element.