Wax, dye & silk

September 15, 2017

Spring sunshine in Dungog beckons me into my cool downstairs wet-room … hooray!

It’s a good time now to wax lyrical …. get out my copper Printing tools and experiment with my range of dyes.

Here, silk has been printed with wax (to act as a resist) before dyes are painted on, to then be batched.  An update showing the result is coming shortly.

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Shibori dyeing day

May 18, 2017

A playday with two friends, using Procion MX cold water dyes produced many delights for each of us.  Here are two that came from my folding and twisting.

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Morning glory

January 30, 2016

Time out for me from creative labours Has been a result of Dungog’s summertime humidity & 30+ degree temperatures.  Air conditioning & knitting (socks) has been creating a mood of quiet contemplation.

This morning’s sunrise was quietly meditative with beams of sunshine falling on the earth against a foggy backdrop.  These colours of our backyard are glorious.


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.


Hand-felted Brooches

December 5, 2015

Sometimes I enjoy nothing better than to work small and enjoy quiet moments.

Stitching into wool is like a knife moving through butter – it has a lovely feel about it.

These are recent samples of my hand-felt brooches.

Hand felted with stitching - little lovelies!

Hand felted with stitching – little lovelies!


A good yarn!

November 6, 2015
Hand-dyed cotton yarn

Hand-dyed cotton yarn

A few bundles of white cotton yarn were hand-dyed using Procion MX dyes.

Starting with using straight colours was followed by mixing different colour combinations to create earthy tones.  Using a size 13 Chenille needle, these thick yarns will be easily stitched into projects.

Perhaps these yarns will be incorporated into the Secret Santa gift that I will make for a group I belong to, the “Daughters on Dowling”.  A very creative group who share a love of embroidery, traditional and contemporary.


Hand dyed silk incorporating a botanical approach.

November 3, 2015

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Experimenting with dyes and resist whilst incorporating windblown leaves produced this silk scarf.