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.




Hills and Dales

August 6, 2016


Painting is such a relaxing activity.

These landscapes were painted using my watercolours (professional series) onto pure silk fabric.

Embellished with silk rods and my hand dyed threads.

Finally I ‘drew’ into the framed image using Hand stitch.

Stitching has an equally meditative effect in on my being.

Messing around with my paints again.

July 26, 2016

Getting my paintbrushes wet during a few short wintery hours in the warmth of my working studio, these little pieces emerged.  Textile paints  were applied to fabric.

I have a few ideas about what to do with these mini landscapes…….. And for now they need time to brew.  Let’s wait and see.


It’s snowing on our nearby Barrington mountains.

July 13, 2016


July winter weather hasn’t encouraged the activity involving water and rolling to create felt.  But these two small pieces have emerged from beneath my wet hands.

These show you a glimpse of my creative abstraction to the theme of landscapes.

Next step……. incorporate hand stitch for extra texture and stronger visual interest.



Playing with paints again

July 11, 2016

Time for a little dalliance……

Needing a few greeting cards and finding time to relax with brush & paint, I created these.Acrylic pants and silk fabric I added hand stitch to create interest and unify the colours.

Sometimes it feels good to be aloof from big challenges and simply relax with tiny ones, such as these hand printed cards.

Time to print & paint

June 3, 2016

After working on such a large wet-felted piece (see previous post) my body needed more restful activities ….and so did my Roxy!


So the last few weeks have been devoted to working with printing and painting on pure silk scarves.  Using paints well suited to maintain the soft feel of fabric works best on silk.  My other favourite technique is to mix and apply thickened dye solutions for a more painterly effect.

Have a look at these results.

Once again, felting my way.

May 11, 2016

Another project has been a long ride, time wise.

A challenge was set….to make a LARGE wall hanging, as large as I could manage.  This is the starting point, knowing that shrinkage occurs along the way.  Five layers of fleece were carefully laid out as a wall hanging needs weight to hang well.  It was a lot of physical work with a meditative tone.


Depicting an abstraction landscape theme, my piece was  constructed using wet-felting & hand stitch techniques.


Stage 2 is shown above; with many more to follow.

The piece was so large that it took two of us to undertake the rolling required to bond the merino fleece; it was a ‘dance’ with my husband!

This lets you see a birds eye view of only a small part of the final piece.

More photos coming soon!



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.