The blog has been rather quiet for the past weeks. I've mainly been doing boring things
like paperwork, shovelling up bags of dry leaves - glad that task has finished! Gardening done for this year, though the plants are still showing signs of growth.
Studio closed until the New Year. The usual end of year sort out. Where does all the unwanted stuff come from? We are very tidy in here at the moment. I'll give it six weeks before normal chaos resumes!
We will be flying on a jet plane tomorrow, heading east where the sun is still shining.
It's catch up time after we had to rush home in March after just four days in Rajashstan. Four glorious weeks, taking in Christmas. We are so looking forward to having a break; catching up with friends and exploring a different part of India. Well, that's the plan.
it's put your feet up time
On Golden Tower
`The laptop is staying
at home, I'm only taking
my iPad which means
no blog until 2019!
You can follow me on Instagram though.
Wishing you a very
merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.
Well, except for two more this month and then we can start organising our Indian trip. We are so looking forward to four whole weeks after having to rush home in March.
Meanwhile there is a gale blowing outside and curtains of leaves falling from the trees.
Stay safe wherever you are.
The last indigo workshop took place on Friday. It was cool in the morning though by the afternoon there was warmth from the sun, enough to produce beautiful blue cloth.
Yesterday it rained stair rods! This morning is beautiful so no excuses. Indigo vat/buckets to be washed out, ditto pole wrapping pipes. Everything packed away until next summer.
It was a fantastic Indigo Summer.
I have two more workshops in October, after which I will give my room a good sort out!
I am planning to publish four books in the coming months. Hot of the press is a book about Indigo and shibori, based on my workshops. It includes techniques, a little history of shibori, myself and the indigo vat recipe.
I am delighted with my first book. It has been designed and published in house by the talented
They are available to purchase.
Payment by PaylPal or Bank Transfer.
Cost £8.50 plus postage and packing.
The next books in the pipe line covers Indian Mirror work, Indian appliqué and Kantha.
So, I am back on line at last. My laptop was getting slower and slower and very difficult to deal with. As of two days ago, I have a new computer. A whole new learning curve.
What a fantastic summer it was. Days on Studland beach, walks in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Indigo workshops producing beautiful dark blue cloth, stitching workshops under the sun. As I write the wind is blowing hard, hmmm, I think is definitely autumn.
So apart from enjoying myself I have produced a book on Indigo and Shibori. I was so excited I managed to delete my website. Thanks to Joh at Weebly Help Centre, and a great deal of searching, he found it and here we are!
still coming to terms with the new computer and having to use a
mouse for the first time in years. Somewhere in the system is a photo of
The Book. I am now going to try my Indigo page and will add details there
Oh, I think I need a cup of tea and a sit down in a comfy chair!
it's good to be back.
Tomorrow I am taking a Banjara bag workshop at No 46. It is so hot we could imagine we have been transported to India!
The Banjara people were nomads back in the day, so travelling a lot required many bags of different sizes, Their life style has changed. It is now almost impossible to find Banjara work. If you do find good examples they are now so expensive. Smaller work is cut up to be incorporated into clothing or 'boho' bags.
a picnic basket full to overflowing with Banjara embroidery
it seems I have gathered quite a few good pieces over the years
Tomorrow's project is a typical Banjara envelope bag, completed with mirrors,
cowrie shells and perhaps a tassel
a small piece inspired by Banjara work
The Header on the website is a picture of Japanese Larch - Karamatsu Shibori
A beautiful piece of Mokumi Shibori.
Hand stitched and gathered tightly to resemble wood grain. The still gathered cloth is at the bottom. The opened out cloth shows the pattern.
How long did this take?!!! I wasn't counting. It measures 96mmx72mm. Lets just say it whiled away the winter evenings!
Sometimes when life goes a little haywire you just have to sit it out and be patient until all is well.
I did manage to get out and about with Keith as my chauffeur, which was rather nice!
Two lovely days at South Petherton, Somerset as a trader at The Quirky Quilters Exhibition. Lovely quilts on display which I admired when I could get away from my 'pop up shop'
We stayed at The Phelips Arms in Montecute before going on to our next destination. Mr. R really
On to Harberton, Devon to take a workshop, Indian Applique, with WCE Totness. A lovely group of ladies who produced wonderful samples. Looking forward to seeing them sometime! There we stayed over in The Tall House, which I would throughly recommend. The village was lovely, as was the pub serving wood smoked pizzas!
So back home, and the weather was gorgeous. My poor foot suffered, however, it did mean I had to sit on the balcony and get a sun tan!
It is looking to be a busy summer with workshops at my home, and if you are interested check out
my website, and then some group workshops as well - motto, have needle will travel.
We took some time out to visit Rajasthan, which was lovely. Unfortunately we had to return home a little earlier than expected due to a family emergency.
So a few photos taken in Udaipur.
a very old wall hanging in our bedroom a delightful window seat
painted panel on wood
So here we are still looking out at the rain and very soggy garden.
I am gearing up for a busy time taking workshops here and there.
First one tomorrow at Wareham is a Shoal of Fish
Just the one here, but there could be many..
A very watery subject for another rainy day!
I'll leave you with a bright and cheerful kantha piece to warm your hands on