Time with Felt & Stitch

February 24, 2016

Having been asked to create a handmade wall piece to hang  in  a local farmhouse, my recent time has gone into wet felting and then stitching to create texture and visual interest in this piece.

The request was to portray a feeling of country landscape, using a contemporary approach.

This photo gives you a glimpse of my work in progress, before completion.

I welcome your comments.





Absorbing Time.

February 12, 2016

Workshopping with Australia’s textile artist Julie Ryder has illuminated my knowledge of the chemistry involved in natural dyeing.    Julie’s mastery of the art of mordant printing on cloth, particularly cotton is a ground breaking technique which exposure I am privileged to embrace.

To absorb this new technique I need to spend quiet time in my wet room amongst the nature in our backyard.  Here’s a few pics for you too.

I will post a progress report soon.m meantime you may like to google Julie Ryder’s blog to see her style of art.





Experiments with natural dyes

February 4, 2016



Whilst literature has introduced me to the mysterious craft of dyeing with plant material, it is the experimenting that has brought satisfying results.  Along the way came disappointments …. But then some mind blowing results traversed my way.

These prints on silk are my latest results, using in the main, eucalyptus leaves from my garden;  also walnut leaves(3rd photo) given to me by a friend.

Love to hear your reaction to these.



Hot Dog!

February 2, 2016

A wee diversion to another topic.

Summer heat makes for a hot dog.  Our household companion Roxy, the Airedale of 3 years old, sneaks a cool spot for daytime naps…..