Sunday, 21 December 2008
Do come and have a look, I would hate to lose any of my regular readers, and you can subscribe to the new site at........
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
It looks a bit different, and I'm not yet sure how to make it more individual, so shall be learning as I go along. Hopefully it will be better in the long run. Any comments or suggestions welcomed!
Monday, 15 December 2008
Stupid and irritating Blogger again!! This was supposed to come with the post below, but for some reason was left behind! These are the ones I was hoping would be forest green! I think the gremlins are watching me at the moment!
The purple H is my TIF offering for November. The theme was to use some typography in some way - I wonder if just one letter will count? This is made with silk fibres on felt that had some foil applied first, various snips of other fabrics, and punched with the Embellisher. Appliqued bits and some embroidery - when completed it will be the front of a journal cover for a friend for Christmas.
Hooray! It worked, but this is a cumbersome way of doing it. I shall to hope that whatever is happening, the computer geeks at Blogger fix it!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Conservation of the textiles is obviously the reason, but it seemed a bit dark and I would have liked a little more light to see the fantastic fabrics, details and designs. Nonetheless it was just great and I shall be going again and would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in textiles, sewing or fashion. One delight I had not expected was a series of dolls, made of wire and plaster, about two feet tall wearing couture garments as well. One had a total wardrobe from lingerie and silk stockings to mink coat and travelling accessories, with everything else in between - she was amazing.
As a pre Christmas treat to myself, I purchased a new digital camera. My current one is being held together with a fat rubber band, and will eventually fall apart. This afternoon, despite the pouring rain - more than 60mls since yesterday morning, I have been playing with it. A couple of close up shots of - you guessed it - roses and the centre of a poppy! Love the rain drops on the rose petals.
Monday, 8 December 2008
David Austin's 'Radio Times'
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Windrush - a climbing David AustinThe miniature Cecile Brunner I do love this time of year.........
Friday, 5 December 2008
The Surface Designer's Handbook - Dyeing, Printing, Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric by Holly Brackman, is a fairly technical and academic book about colouring fabrics in many ways, as well as embellishment with foils, embroidery and beads, heaps of recipes, instructions, tips and tricks. Page 56 features this photograph of a scarf made from black rayon yarn with a discharged woven shibori resist and then dyed. Not sure what that means or how one does it, and don't particularly like the colours.......
I was quite pleased with these, and can understand how people become hooked on dyeing stuff. I love the mottled woollen fabric, and can imagine something stitched in the matching woollen yarn. No doubt with practice one learns the way dyes react with each other, and with careful discipline and record keeping can predict and replicate colours. For me at present it is definitely hit or miss, and I fear today's efforts may be less appealing - the fabric is still soaking and looks a bit sludgy!
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Papaver orientale, a perennial Oriental Poppy and its hairy bud. This flower is about 5 inches across.
Papaver somniferum - I have these big voluptuous things in pink, purple and white, some single blooms and some with double frilly petals. A relative of those that are the source of opium, and I'm never sure if it is legal to grow them, but I have done so for years, and love the seed pods almost as much as the flowers!
I keep bags of potting mix in an old plastic rubbish bin near my potting table, and this afternoon, when I went to get some mix in which to plant some Helebore seeds, I found this tiny frog in the bin - it was only about an inch long from nose to tail. The bin's lid is slightly broken, and there is a small hole thorough which I guess it comes and goes. I left him in peace once I had taken this shot.
Friday, 28 November 2008
This is really the true colour of 'Altissimo' - a French bred climber with large (4-5") flat blooms. I'm growing it on a trellis in the hope in time it will hide a neighbour's ugly outbuildings!
Obviously not a rose, but Nigella or Love in a Mist - a great annual plant that self seeds, good for filling in spaces, but a potential nuisance if allowed to go too wild.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
These Common Foxgloves or Digitalis purpurea are a favourite of mine, they remind me of my childhood in Devon in the UK, where I could roam the local farmer's fields and they grew wild in the hedgerows every year. In Australia they need to cultivated until they become established, but will then self seed and reappear each Spring.
Love those speckled throats.......