Tuesday, 31 March 2015


I called it a retreat but somehow this was translated into rehab! Maybe that was what my week away in Cornwall was about as I certainly returned home rested and relaxed plus lots of progress on my work in progress.
With an exhibition in June to prepare for I had plenty of work to fill my days and although nothing is finished, I'm heading in the right direction.
This layered, bonded piece is based on photographs taken of Witley Court in Worcestershire. The machine quilting is finished, just a little hand stitching now required to add texture.
I have begun the machine quilting on this Christ Church Cathedral hanging, still a way to go but I am enjoying working with these colourful dyed and printed fabrics.
This is the beginning of another piece inspired by my visit to Matera in Italy. I recently heard Matera described as a honeycomb of dwellings carved out of the rocks hence my decision to work with these large hexagons. The hexagons are constructed from a wide range of fabrics from smooth cottons to knobbly linens and were all dyed in the same dye pot. The colours are so subtle and remind me of Matera buildings.
I couldn't go away without my indigo dyeing equipment and everyone enjoyed dipping their fabrics and threads. I took some of my mum's embroidered linens which took the dye beautifully (actually they are much darker than the photo!)
We were staying in a beautiful area very close to Mevagissey.
This was our local cove, only accessible by footpath.
So beautiful
We visited Charlestown, a popular place for film crews!
And partook of the compulsory cream tea
- well I did, some were more restrained!
Back to work now and probably the 5:2 diet!!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Notans, colour and more

Well my good intentions of posting at least twice a month seem to have gone by the wayside. I'm not sure where the time goes - well I do really as I have taught more workshops than usual this month and am now busy preparing for a weeks retreat beginning in a few days time. What a luxury to have a whole week to dye, print and stitch. The only problem is making sure that I have everything I could possibly need, sorted and packed! We all know what it is like to be on a workshop and not have a particular thread, fabric, screen, printing block, paint etc to use, especially when we know exactly where it is in the workroom at home! I have been steadily collecting everything together so hopefully by Thursday, when I pack up my car everything on my list will be ticked off!
There has been some exciting work produced in recent workshops. Several of my classes have worked with exploded shapes and notans, working with positive and negative space created by cutting and flipping.

This simple activity led to many interesting designs as you can see here, some of which were later turned into printing blocks.
I taught my Colour Confidence workshop last weekend to lovely group of ladies in Greens Norton.
Before the workshop I dyed this rainbow of fabrics to cut up for their kits.

They then spent a very happy morning experimenting with many different combinations of the fabrics to meet the requirements of various colour schemes. I love the way each person arranges their fabrics in their sketchbook, a quilt for the making!
Now to concentrate on my work. Hopefully I will have lots to share with you on my return.

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