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
I've been waiting for the conservatory to warm up a bit, ha, ha! So, I decamped to the kitchen and had a blast dyeing hanks of find cotton yarn. Oh, bliss to be working next to a radiator!