Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Matthew Flinders

Spent the weekend in London for the unveiling of a statue of Matthew Flinders who was the first person to map the coast of Australia in particular the south coast and to prove that Tasmania was an island and that Australia was one land mass.he also gave Australia its name as it had been known as New Holland.The statue which was unveiled by Prince William will be sited at Euston Station as Flinders is buried under the station

Not many photos as no cameras due to security  but if you are interested in a a brave man who is not recognise in his own country visit

Sunday, 6 July 2014


This fantastic sculpture exhibition curated by the Pangolin gallery is on again this year do not miss it ,two years ago it was breathtaking I cannot commend it enough.

Indigo dyeing

 A friend of mine came for the day and we did some Indigo dyeing great fun now have blue nails and splattered legs;The piece above the resist was flour paste pushed through a stencil  these worked quite well. The one below was instant mash awkward to use.
 This one was a stitched resist on a narrow fold was disappointed that the markings did not stay whiter,

 Another stitched resist ori nui this is called
  all of the ones below are arashi or wrapped around a pole thread or string wrapped around and the material is pushed down the pole.
 This linen shift turned out well and goes well with the crazy patchwork bag I made some time ago.
 This is what my lovely friend made me as a thank you  a pair of earrings and this necklace in my favourite colour, it was made on her new machine with machine embroidery a real work of art and I am  so pleased thank you madi
 This is part of a cushion I made about the same time as the bag my Indigo dyeing has always been on the pale side but I quite like the faded look.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sun fabric dyeing

 With all this lovely sunshine we have been having I had a go at dyeing fabric using silk paints, you are supposed to use opaque silk paints but is appears to work quite well with normal ones.
 I just wet the cotton fabric which had been washed and layed it out on a flat surface  which was covered in plastic ,I then painted washes of colour over the fabric before laying on leaves and cut out shapes and leaving it to dry.Once dry it should be ironed to set the dye.

I have made some of the fabric into a needle case which I am going to put into my Etsy shop hipposinhats.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Kelmscott Manor

 Kelmscott manor was one of William Morris' homes and he is buried in the churchyard there, the carving above on one of the cottages is by George Jack' of Morris
I thought these slabs of stone made a fantastic fence all covered in lichen

 I thought this was a very pretty shed or summer house it looked very quaint
even the back of it.

 But to my amazement it was a rural 3 holer!
 It is a pretty house and not too large, rather like a rabbit warren inside, one room leading into another.It is a Grade 1 listed Tudor Manor house which was originally owned by a farming family for 300 years. You are not allowed to take photos inside, it is simply furnished the walls hung with original Morris textiles and tapestries by both him and his wife Jane.

 The back courtyard

 A very elderly Mulberry tree

 Just as we were getting back into the car this flew overhead  A US. B-2 stealth bomber on its way to Fairford.

 We stopped at Cirencester on the way home and in Brewery Arts were these great feet they would look good in the garden just right for a chiropodist.