Hey, I've sorted the comments problem! So excited I replied, including typo's.
Onwards and upwards.
chai for two I think
This time of year it's all about putting the garden to bed. The tender plants placed in their warm(ish) shelter until Spring. Pruning, cutting back and weeding. And then, there are the leaves! We are surrounded by trees and some are huge! It has been a kind autumn, not too much rain to soak the fallen leaves turning them into a soggy mess. Almost enjoyable, like a child again, kicking and throwing them into the air.
But what to do with the bags and bags of them? Well, we do have a Back of Beyond (Bob) area to dump/compost them, which takes years. Patience is 'a good thing' I believe.
No more workshops until Spring 2018 so another clear out and tidy up in my studio, much needed I have to say. From a muddle to tidy and organised. The room feels 'lighter'
My emporium stock organised, the thread packs sleep in a nice basket and the very last of the fabric dyed in the 2017 Indigo vat has been sold and is, as I write ,flying across the pond to Florida.
This means one thing - it is time for us to fly in the other direction! India visas to hand we will head east in a couple of weeks.
Ah, Udaipur. It will be good to meet up with our many friends there; relax for a few days, and then go off on our travels through Rajasthan - there might be a little shopping involved!
I did receive one comment on my last post, thank you Heather! Weebly is
not allowing me to open it (yet!) Oh, techno issues are so annoying!
Most of the time we will be way off the beaten track with very little wi fi connection.
There might be a few posts on Instagram!
A couple of days ago I received a comment on my blog from Anusha suggesting my writing and content is good and I should carry on. I have no idea who Anusha is, but she gave me pause for thought.
I have noticed that the blogs I follow seem to have fewer posts these days. Perhaps, like me, Instagram is the preferred option - every picture tells a story (and you can add words too!)
What do you think - comments please!!!!
Meanwhile I have been enjoying summer. Lots of group workshops in the West country. The last one near Padstow, Cornwall. I love these away days! Summer Workshops at home, and outings with my little emporium.
dyed threads - colours
inspired by the sand and sea
A hot and sticky July day, and eventually a thunder storm.
I felt unsettled,, so much so I felt the need to tidy up a box of fabrics!
A selection of 'hot' fabric scraps were gathered. Over the days/weeks
they were transformed into a patchwork cushion; heavily stitched with my dyed threads.
It's gorgeous, even if I say so myself!
Stocking up my dyed threads, as ever!
Themed packs are available on the web shop.
Thank you for visiting, and do let me know your thoughts!
it's certainly a hot one here
May whizzed by. We took advantage when the weather was kind to go walikng in the
countryside, and long the Dorset coastal path. Kimmeridge on a beautiful day,
checking out the rockpools with Ben, Wild flowers, including orchids, a joy to see.
There were lots of summer visitors arriving from France (birds, not humans!),
I took a few workshops - with groups and at home. Then there was the annual
spring clean of my studio including a good clear out. That was a good job done!
May has mostly been about gardening. Cleaning up the flower borders, Preparing
our little veg patch.
Two weeks ago and now the runner beans are half way up the poles.
It seems to me that plants and flowers are really early this year.
and then there was sunshine and lashings of hail
Ah, a little bit of textile stuff going on at last. Pole wrapping shibori. Dyed and over dyed, thinking of the
Aegean Sea. There are other pieces in/on the pipeline, gathering dyed/printed fabric for a special quilt.
Possibly inspired with thoughts of flying off to Kalamata next week.
Of course, right now it is perfect weather for indigo dyeing, and I haven't got time!!!! If you are anyway
close to Broadstone, Dorset I am holding an Indigo workshop on 1 July.
Walford Mill, Wimborne will br hosting a Summer Garden Party on Saturday 24th June between 6-9 pm.
I will be there doing a demo on shibori. For more details go
It seems like a long time since I last blogged. Our Indian adventure was crazy, brilliant, but more of that in another post, including some wedding pictures!
I've recovered from an injured foot and a bug caught somewhere between Udaipur and home and am busy sorting out forthcoming workshops; dyeing up lots of yarn for the thread basket; enjoying the warmth of the sun and the garden is calling for a jolly good tidy up.
There are many projects I have in mind, but not yet!
Dust Sheet - a Journal Quilt made two years ago
background rusted fabric, left over hexagons with papers, roughly quilted,
splattered and painted with acrylic paint and gesso
referencing the fate of old quilts in garages/sheds
There is an unfinished small hexagon quilt, which is where the left over hexagons came from.
It appears then vanishes again. I found it searching for something else.
c.1990 when the internet was but a baby; patchwork shops were few and far between
and I was a beginner. Strawberry Fayre would, on receipt of two 1st class stamps, send
samples of tiny sprigged fabric, mainly from USA.
My templates were made from the paper list of goodies and Country Living Magazine.
The sample squares were small and just covered the 2cm templates.
section of hexagon quilt top from the back,some paper templates still in situ,
love the texture of the fabric that had been folded over templates
I've wandered down several paths since I made this little quilt top. It should be finished.
The question is how. Traditional? Paint it? Print over it?
The quilt top and I will have several conversations over the coming weeks.
This afternoon the dye pots were out. The thread basket needs topping up ready for West Country Embroiderers Dorset Day in March.
It was gorgeous in the conservatory. The sun was shining and it was actually warm.
Lots of lovely coloured threads now wrapped up and batching under a radiator.
We are off on our travels soon - we have been invited to an Indian Wedding, how exciting is that!
I do have some homework. The beginnings of a small kantha, lot's of stitching to do on this one
as a sampler for a Summer Workshop
No blogging on the go, but you can follow me on Instagram!
Well, not quite Spring yet, though the morning was warm and for once in a long time the conservatory didn't feel like the inside of a fridge.
A grand tidy up of cupboards and shelves. Gathering workshop equipment that should have been put away in the shed after workshops finished last autumn.
Throwing away assorted rubbish which somehow sneaked in. Reevaluating the amount of containers and pots - did I really need them? Probably not!
everything in its place, all neat and tidy ready to go
I'll wait until March before I get the dye pots out, when it is warmer
meanwhile there is plenty of ideas in my head to work on in my warm studio
One more day to go in January - hurrah! It has been such a miserable and cold month, but good
for snuggling up and stitching.
It was one of those days when you can't quite get down to anything in particular, until I decided to sort out my Journal Quilts box, and it needed doing!
I joined the Contemporary Quilters Guild journal challenge in 2008, you can see the first year on my website, and carried on until 2013 when life became a bit complicated.
A lovely selection of little quilts, slightly different sizes each year, but no larger than 12 x12". I kept a record with details of subject, design, techniques and materials used. That was a nice way to while away the morning with a cup of coffee!
Some of the quilts have been out and about at quilting show all over the country - very exciting.
snow print 2012
a rubbing taken from the sole of my walking boots
free machine embroidery
The challenge is open for this year, and I am tempted. I have three weeks to make up my mind!
We started and ended our journey in beautiful Udaipur. A few days to relax, catch up with friends,
enjoy the town and surrounding countryside.
We strolled through the almost empty town which was rather pleasant, not good for the small shop keepers though. Usually the narrow lanes are packed with tourists and traffic.
basket making in the market
just love these shops I have a collection of smaller items
what I would really like would be one big tin trunk (or two)
beautiful architecture and windows
Lake Palace Hotel looking gorgeous in the sunset
the view from Lake Pichola Hotel - Ganguar Ghat at night
little diya lights floating on the lake