lots of piccies

I love the textures here, working on copying them into my work wonder how old this lichen is ???

This little chap is my favourite from this years

lambs.There is something about his face and in the places he manages to get to.

one button top –sneak preview of new sleeve finish

felt ready for finishing touches for the ‘One Button Top’

Beautiful breed of sheep the Zwartbles

from Holland has found its way into my vicinity,I cannot wait to use these fibres.watch this space.Anyone interested in any of these fleeces please email me,it really is a rare breed.

Summer fields Asymetrical top

my new totally reversible asymetrical top ,here   is view 1

view 2

this has been such fun to do and plan and dye the fabrics.

1 bodice view

summer fields from this year and last year around the Uk  inspired my dye batch and colours for this pull on top.The fun was making it able to be worn inside out and also back to front so in all 4 tops in 1

This is for sale over at my shop

there will also be a photo book produced showing the making of this top for sale very shortly.

Sweetpea Waterfall Jacket

new jacket wild silk dyed and then nuno felt with merino prefelt and blanket stitch for effect in many colours –very lightweight.

I am producing small photobooks detailing the photographic journey of these jackets which will be for sale on my site very soon .

back of jacket

new nuno waterfall top

I am felting and designing in a frenzy here –keeps my brain occupied until I hear my young ones are safe .The local radio did  a l ink up for me and I did speak to both of them s o felt better ,This jacket design has been in my brain for a while so following tons of dyeing today,I layed out the fibres tonight whilst talking via text  to my son  on their journey from venice to calais, they get a ferry at 3am bless them

It is now rolled up in a bamboo mat ,bubble wrap and towel waiting for my felting fairies to get busy overnight .

Colour

Love these colours so zingy.looking back at my jackjet/top work I realise that I lost all my lemon and all my orange blocks of colour so went back through the photos to try and discover how and when .

It appears that these colours were not set ‘correctly’ and when felting started have been merged into the greens .I can now see this from the mountain of step by step piccies I take .

Now need to find out why this happened when I did not change anything.

Hope you like the new layout there are so many using the old one I decided to go for a change.Have a good day and spare a thought for my intrepid travellers Emma  jouneying from Faro to Santander to get a ferry and James travelling across Europe from Venice to Calais in a coach. Hurry home !

sample colours for top

sample showing addition of tussah silk and also merino fibres in a lovely turquoise colour–think this makes the limey green sing .Isn’t it nice to see Summer in the air the lavender budding away and being able to have the doors open.Sampling is so important and I feel that adding merino to the opposite side of the silk makes this too heavy for what I want —-still the colours are correct for the look I wish to achieve .

New Jacket/Top

making a new top and desperate to get one which I can just throw on over whatever I am wearing within reason.

I have sketched my idea out and I have dyed some silk prior to making my nuno and steamed it to set .So often when I am doing a workshop or a book signing I am not wearing anything I have made and keep getting asked .

I do not wear my jackets they just pile up in the wardrobe so I have planned a garment I know I would wear.Click on the piccies to see.

Some of the samples are on a beautiful drapey knitted silk fabric which took the dye well.

Tomorrow pattern drafting and measuring

absent

Well I am back from my sons wedding in Durham and even though I say it myself the whole affair was magnificent ,beautiful bride beautiful day, stunning location and unbelievable pomp and ceremony in the cathedral.The bridal gown which I designed and made was well received and praised.thank goodness!

I have not done any felting since Oh seems ages,My wedding hat made by felter Eleni Saari went down a storm,I bought it from her when I was in Finland last year.

The next adventure I am aiming to have in felt is actually painting with my fibres and my overlays of silk.What is better plain fibre dyed silks or pain silk and painting with fibre –well let us see.

The other adventure is making felt lessons on dvd –the software is installed and is just waiting for me to talk and add film

More bags

Like everything else addictive 1 is never enough so beacause I got away with it once, yesterday saw me playing again with my fibres and I wanted to make my sister a bag –now she loves blues etc and is a fan of Gaudi .My inspiration came from the garden agaein with the slight bluey mist of ‘forgetmenot’ and the pink fat growth on the paeonies coming through,the silk was painted  very gaudi style and the bag emerged.

I got to thinking about decorating my inner flaps but I went for a nuno look inside.this was made to prefelt stage then placed on the resist.

here you can see this just laid out and also felted down ready for stitching.

Now we see the front flaps ,I like 2 flaps because I like to tuck 1 flap over all my things in the bag then the 2nd one goes over the bag fastened with a felt loop and knot.

Ready for stitchery hopefully there will be a good movie to stitch to on soon

showing nuno insides and knot fastening

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