Painting on silk

June 22, 2017

IMG_2134IMG_2137IMG_2136IMG_2135More experimenting with my dyes on silk.


Hand woven, then stitched with love.

April 5, 2017


A very relaxing activity combining yarns, threads & beads produced this delightful necklace for a very special little girl.

By creating a mini “loom” made on cardboard I was able to weave a background of textural soft pinky / mauve colours.

Sparkles from my bead collection were then sewn on … and voila, this necklace became ready to wear.

Natures colours

December 11, 2016

IMG_1658.JPGBotanical printing, I find, has a tendency to produce unpredictable imagery which sometimes needs something extra.  In this instance I added colour, carefully placing it to enhance  the natural earthy botanical tones with colours of the sky recently seen during our summer storms.  This scarf is a beauty.

This piece was dyed using the power of sunshine – during a group workshop held by friends. Back home it was enhanced further with hand stitching to become a table centrepiece.

December 6, 2015
Sola dyed cotton with hand=stitching.

Sola dyed cotton with hand=stitching.

Back to the dyepots!

August 6, 2015

Winter in Dungog this year is a little chilling.  My dyeing dungeon (under the house) is not conducive to life!  But a spot of sunshine led me downstairs to awaiting dye pots and silk.

Over the year I have dabbled in various techniques to experiment my heart out, and there’s still more to do.  It’s now time to harness them in a book that I producing just for me.  What can I call this little book of experiments, I am wondering?  Your ideas are welcome!

Meantime here’s a few pics of my latest endeavours.


Bridges of the Hunter exhibition in June 2014

March 30, 2014

Felted "stones" and other textural mediaIMG_2229IMG_2234IMG_2233

Preparing for an exhibition “Bridges of the Hunter” with my local textile group (Daughters on Dowling) I decided on a few different approaches.   Our exhibition is under the auspices of the Dungog Art Society and Arts Upper Hunter.

First job … sketch ideas, based on my photo of Cooreei Bridge which leads into my town of Dungog.    Thinking about the textures and shapes, I set to work creating felted “river rocks”.

As the black and white photo showed up the structure of the bridge and surrounds so well, I decided upon making my art piece in black and white – wow, a new experience for me especially as I love colour in all its glory.

These images show my early progress with this piece.





Working in my wet room

January 7, 2014

Summer heat is well and truly here at Dungog – 38 degrees outside but under the house in my wet room it is cooler.  A great time to play with dyes on silk and here are a few scarves to show how lovely the Landscape dyes work.   By stepping just outside my wet room this is the view I see every day.   With a good rain the golden hills turn luscious green and wallabies come to graze in the back paddock.

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