Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New best friend.....

Loving how the plants are printing this time of year....this first one is like a japanese water colour, and the eucatus are so generous ...the third pic is my new best friend , i am in love with every part of the cotinus plant it is particularly beautiful to me and is in full bush right now...still looking for something to give me lines in the printing but am thrilled with what i am getting, even did a cotton tee and although paler print,, came out quite distinct...the air is abuzz with bees and creative energy, i am exhausting myself each day and loving it....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On a roll or ten!!,

Sweet eucalyptus.....such a generous plant, and oak leaves....who knew? Experimenting with different plants and different mordants and having lots of fun, must document, which isn't my favourite thing, i get lost in the doing and work spontaneously with whatever surfaces....exciting for me but not very consistent....but i am really open to whatever happens, perhaps too much...
Spring plants, I thought were not noted for there giving up of colour, usually I hear fall plants, freshly fallen. But these seem to be working and I have more experiments on the workbench, plus some logwood and madder chips soaking....
Continuing to try and make housework and cooking as joyful as my workbench, but not too successful,yet ;))


Friday, May 9, 2014

Zip it up.....

Welll zippers seem to have found there way onto my workbench through the fabulous wooly fabulous, who has been working with zippers for eons and is a master at it....so another obsession which fits in with the felting venue and is small, portable, and fun and is helping me get over my glue blockage.... Small brooches with brass zippers and wet celted pieces....am having soooo much fun doing these...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Snakes and ladders


More from Mother

The tie lines with cochineal and plants...snakes and ladders revisited...can't seem to get enough of those euc buds. Love the look on top of geranium...last a simply simple euc leaf...so clear and generous...happy holidays all...



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring frenzy

My life is full of processes, colour, pollen, hummingbirds, eucalyptus, and fibers....so many things Ilove doing ,hard to sit still...carpe diem!!,



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Abundance!!!

this is my past week's adventure, with a little gardening and seedling transplanting on the side....dyed with madder and cochineal , the top photo, finished a spring iris coloured blanket, with brushed mohair and mushroom dyed warp, cooking up some madder warp for the next blanket and dyeing some lamb's wool that is old but still looks good....local lamb which is about fifteen years old, also dyed some in a vat with lac/madder combo, came out a lavender pink shade...so spring is definitely showing itself and the greens and pink blossoms are breathtaking.now for more dyeing and some eco printing.  New plants to try for eco printing....and more to be learnt....must keep notes, apparently I have no goal of consistency in my work, working on a "wing and a prayer" seems ot be my natural course, of course, I do jot down notes in my journal but don't seem to read them when I am working,!! Lol. It does make for a lot of variety and endless lessons.....



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tea cozies



getting cozy with tea cozies and workbench frenzies

Here are my latest obsession....very cool tea cozies., lined with silk, trimmed out with melton cloth hand sewn, wet felted merino wool...have six, and apparently have few more calling...in between times mice are happening, which began with Bamboo the cat, finding a piece of felt cordage and going crazy, so long tailed mice are a big hit and are a pretty cute edition to the table!!lol. I imagine a small 
Herd of mice occupying my market space this summer..the other photo is of my workbench, havng just given a workshop on resists inclusions, and flowers with wemsleydale fleece...all did amazing work and I always learn a ton, had a visiting felter from Prince rupert, Jenny, who did amazing felts, and was great with colour, all of them were experienced felters who did great work, making it so easy to have a class with...we covered tons of different techniques, and even managed to squeeze in lunch....so spring has definitely sprung here, daffodils blooming, herring have spawned, rufus hummers are rlacing the anna's at the feeder, and I am creative like crazy....all signs of spring....bring it on!!!!!