I’ve been dyeing over the last couple of days. The weather has been perfect. Here they are flapping in the breeze
I was away for ten days, however, I think I have far more than ten days of blog posts to relate! It was a working holiday, but included plenty of relaxation. The weather was beautiful on several days, but we also had rain and wind, and those were the days that had already been earmarked for ‘work’.
Yesterday I introduced you to Olwyn. It wasn’t until I began today’s post, however that I realised I didn’t take any photographs of the pre-arranged workshop I taught in Rhydymain. I have no idea how that happened – and I’m really cross. However, another workshop was rapidly arranged for a local school, and you can read about that here. We really did have fun on both days, and more workshops are already booked for next year.
The problem with teaching the embellisher is that there are still a lot of people out there with no machine. That’s not a problem as I have 11 (yes, you did read that correctly). We regularly take 6 with us when we travel, and they fill the car quite well, as you can imagine. Holidays, therefore, that incorporate such teaching trips mean we have to cut down on many things, and arrive only with the neccessities.
Or do we?
We visit Wales at the same time each year. It is a relaxing break when we don’t plan to do much. We sleep and rest, but it is also a time for me to plan workshops for the coming year and to work on some of my own things that have had to take a back seat. Consequently the car was full to bursting. There was so much I couldn’t remember what I had packed, but I also managed to squeeze in my tiny Janome sewing machine. I had an idea, but frankly didn’t think I’d have time to do it. Strange, though, isn’t it – when your mind is focussed you can achieve far more than you think, and especially if you have to make do with what is to hand….
I didn’t start sewing until Wednesday, so there were only a few days (or rather evenings) to complete whatever I started. I began by making fragments of some precious fabrics I had taken with me. Believe it or not I managed to finish a full piece, but it needs mounting and framing, so your view of it will be at a later date. The offcuts have made some lovely cards, though, and here are two.
At the back of my mind I had a slightly larger project, but as I had never made one before, and didn’t have any of the tools which are apparently essential, had no expectations in that area. However, I woke up one morning with a thought – and it was raining, the ideal time to see what I could do.
What was it? A quilt for my youngest GD. I had forgotten that I had 10 fat quarters of cotton fabric with me. No proper scissors, however, and certainly no cutting mat or rulers. If you are a quilting purist please look away now as you may not like what you see.
I woke with the thought that the first person who made a quilt didn’t have any of those accoutrements either! So I set to and tore some strips (ouch, did that hurt?) As I said, no measuring tools, the only way to divide the fabric into evenly sized pieces was to half and half again (and finally again in some instances). I then sewed them all together, trying very hard not to get them all in the same sequence.
Of course, there were trimmings, and I couldn’t bear to waste those, so….
…. I stitched them all down and turned them into a postcard! (Just perfect for scrinchies)
We had trips out too, but I’ll tell you about those another day….
Now, I did warn you in the last post that I have been stitching! Here’s the first glimpse. Meet Olwyn Owl.
She’s very badly made from hand-dyed felt. She’s a prototype, and made as inspiration struck. Actually, the construction isn’t that bad, and she is very squishy and cuddly, so she will probably make it into the hands of little GD.
I’m sure I’ll make more.
I said in yesterday’s post that I was away, well, I have a confession, I have been for the last 10 days, and all those posts you read were scheduled. Well I really am back now, with lots of material for the next while. Yesterday I introduced you to some of the neighbours, and here are some more.
Mum is the black sheep, and that is one of her twin daughters just behind. The other was most unhelpful, and hid every time we went near – but both lambs are white. They make lovely neighbours, they munch all day – and apart from the occasional bleat – are quiet and peaceful all day. The farm on which we stay has the highest lake in Wales on the property. Many of the sheep are hill sheep, spending several months of the year up there, but they are visited daily by the farmer and brought to lower ground for lambing and the winter. We didn’t venture up there this year as it was a little ‘damp’ on some of the days. Yes, on several days we were above cloud level! However, the sun shone for us too and later in the week I will show you some proof of that. I had some fun stitching as well – so ‘watch this space’.
Thanks for visiting while I was away. Now to catch up on reading all your blogs!
We are away at the moment. I thought I’d introduce you to the locals. They are very friendly
The little ones visit on a regular basis – it’s no surprise to see them peeking in through the bedroom window. Thanks for visiting, we’ll see you again soon.
Just because I love colour! New online dyeing courses. Find out more here.
Do you remember these?
I wrote about them last week. However, did you know that you can make your own?
It looks like fun, but to be honest I think I’ll wait until they flower again next year.
I’m ashamed to say that my Etsy shop is very neglected.
This is a photograph of some of my dyed fabrics
I have a feeling that you might start to see it more and more as I’m finding it more and more fascinating. In truth it is only part of the picture, and it shows the grain of the fabric which, in reality, is almost invisible as it is a really fine material. I decided to play with it a little, using photoshop. Now I don’t often have time to play with the computer, I’m usually too busy, so this was just for fun. This is what I’ve come up with.
It looks more like a sheaf of paper than fabric, and it is almost landscapey in subject. I’m going to use this image in some way – but have yet to decide on the course that it’s going to take. Watch this space….