Wednesday, 29 July 2015

under wraps

the time was right

it has to be done

decorating my studio

just one corner

the rest of the contents are shared equally around the house

light  shadow and a beautiful jade green

my room faces north so can be a little gloomy
three walls are painted white, but the west facing wall glows, when the sun shines(!)

In Udaipur I acquired a pot of pigment to add to emulsion
it's gorgeous

so, decorating done   new carpet arrives tomorrow
meanwhile, and probably for a few days I am going through my boxes
off assorted stuff no longer required on journey

already a shed load of assorted papers, including references from magazines
gathered pre internet have been discarded   then there are boxes and boxes of 
fabric, bits and pieces that can, no doubt, be recycled elsewhere   

it feels good saying goodbye to stuff that has been lurking far too long!

Time for a glass of red me thinks!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Mr. Ben and the Larmer Tree Festival

my boys and Mr. Ben are having fun at the Larmer Tree Festival this weekend

camping gear packed  
the sun is shinning


 t shirts dyed for Mr. Ben

high viz

and one for hiding in a summer field

Thursday, 16 July 2015

making marks

As you know when the sun shines and it's hot and humid, what else to do but set up the indigo vat!

Saturday ticked all the boxes for an indigo workshop.    Fantastic results.   Wonderful cloth on the washing line.

Everyone produced a mega amount of cloth which was stitched, tied and pole wrapped.
And then I became so excited I forgot to take photos, except these.

bound marbles with soy wax dots

soy wax design on bags

all designed by Babs

the wax pot always comes out on dyeing workshops 
soy wax is fantastic   the washout leaves the fabric with
a soft 'handle'  so much better than the traditional wax

Monday found me in Sherborne, Dorset taking another Indigo workshop with the lovely ladies of North Dorset Embroidery Guild.    A return visit.  Last year the day was perfect  unfortunately Monday was grey, a little damp but humid.

We made the most of the day working under a porch!  There was a lot of huddling around the vat, dipping and dyeing.   Good blues and bundles of cloth.  What a difference Saturday!

I have my last indigo workshop here on Saturday 22 August 
there are a couple of places available.

in lieu of indigo dyed fabric, a blue pot!

Friday, 10 July 2015

away days

Last week we took a three day break in Normandy, which, happily coincided with the 'heat wave'.

A splendid trip on Brittany Ferries from Poole to Cherbourg.   The sea was so calm I sunbathed on deck all the way.   There were dolphins in the outer harbour at Cherbourg.

We didn't travel too far, just an hour away to Port en Bessin, via Bayeux where this poster was spotted

empty beaches

colourful shop in St. Vaast

Barfleur harbour

at Cape Barfleur the magnificent phare de Gattevile 
one of the highest lighthouses in France

apart from the big towns and fishing ports France appeared to be empty
beautiful golden beaches to ourselves, wonderful country side
suppers at a small cafe in Port en Bassin watching the fishing boats coming and going

nice to be busy doing nothing 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

shades of

the remains of Saturday's indigo vat

it didn't rain
could have been warmer
still a garden of blue at the end of the day

today the vat has revived itself
it's hot, hot, out there
so I can give this a couple more dips

it doesn't look too exciting does it?!!!

I bought about ten pieces of Khadi cloth from a small shop in Wagwam
to the surprise of everyone    why would I want so many dusters?
Khadi cloth is hand spun cotton which is then hand woven
the cloth is really chunky and gorgeous, and yes it took the dye well

I only brought a couple of pieces home with me, the rest are in a
cupboard at Samshu's house, waiting their fate either as dusters or.......

found in my Chinese steamer, dried acanthus flowers

finished    my therapy quilt,  Dentil

Dentil n. architecture

one of a series of rectangular blocks projecting like teeth 
from a moulding or beneath a cornice 

Ha, ha.   The dentist is my new 'best friend'  
in between appointments hand stitching was very comforting, and now it's done

one or two appointments to go
I feel another quilt coming on

Monday, 8 June 2015

fun in the sun

This last week the sun has been shining, there has been a little rain to make the garden grow, and an occasional day without the chilling wind from the northeast!

The first of three indigo workshops takes place on Saturday, fingers crossed that the weather stays fine      in warmer climes at least you can be sure for at least nine months it's always a perfect temperature for an indigo vat.

All this reminded me of our visit to Arkola to see our block printing friends.  My camera battery died, step in the professional, Mr. R, with a spare camera.   Marvellous.

a vegetable stall on the left  on the right bullock carrying felled tree(s)

I looked left - stop the car!

an old indigo vat

sign of many years usage  the building behind is being renovated
I suspect this wonderful vat will soon disappear

meanwhile, next door

a lovely lady at her treadle sewing machine
the cupboard behind is piled up with quilts

through the centre of the village block printed fabric is drying in the sun

at our printer friends the indigo vats are ready to go

dyed cloth being resisted - that's difficult!
bandani of course

a group photo, taken by Mr. R obviously,
I'm looking happy especially after a little retail therapy followed
by chai and a delicious cake

If you are interested in one of the indigo workshops, contact me

finally, a photo that nearly got away
it's from our nine hour train trip from Bhuj to Palanpur
as mentioned in my post (26.02.15) there was never a dull moment

everyone was so friendly and very inquisitive
the seating is just one up from wooden seats 

I think this was taken very early in the morning as I am
still well wrapped up - we started our journey at 6.30am
the benches hold four people, in theory, though usually eight
are accommodated    for the family party there is always the 
luggage racks to stretch out on, never mind all the bags
and baggage

Good idea to sit on a single seat?   Forward thinking!   

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Kimmeridge Bay Dorset

Yesterday started quite early, around 6.30am.   Very unusually we were awoken with a cuckoo calling in the oak tree outside our bedroom window.   I have neither seen or heard a cuckoo for years so it was rather special.

The weather looked promising so I took myself off to Kimmeridge, arriving way before any holiday makers had had their breakfasts!

On with the walking boots.   The sun was warm and, with no wind, my coat stayed in the  the car, which is a first for this year.

Kimmeridge can look rather forbidding on a dull day.  It's part of the Jurrasic coast, a delight for fossil hunters, though the cliffs of the crescent bay are grey with large ochre slabs of sandstone between layers of shale which is prone to crumble.  Markings from tiny ammonites can be found on small pieces of shale and larger ones on bolders.

this beauty is about the size of a dinner plate

Anthony Gormley was commission to make five new pieces of work for the Landmark Trust to celebrate it's 50th birthday.    Four stand on compass points around the British coastline, and one at a central point in Warwickshire.

If you look between the edge of the cliff and the boat you might just see a vertical mark!

Clavell Tower is a 19th century folly, originally standing at the very top edge of the cliff. The
Landmark Trust dismantled it brick by brick rebuilding it a safer distance from the edge!   Author P.D.James loved this area and her book The Black Tower was inspired by Clavell Tower.   So you too could stay there and take in the views of the Dorset coastline  across to Portland and it's lighthouse to the west.   Might cost a penny or two!

so, here he is, facing south
 a bit 'blocky' close up I have to say

perhaps a little lonely?

behind, Kimmeridge Bay with glimpses of the 
white chalk hills of Worbarrow Bay   

I walked along the bay and sat awhile watching the tide going out, soon to reveal the hundreds of rock pools - lots of little children all ready and waiting with their nets and buckets.    

On top of the cliff I enjoyed laying in the grass alongside a bank of sea cabbage and cow parsley, listening to the birds and watching the clouds.

on the way back to the car park I only just noticed this fire engine
covered by a hedge on the side and top
not only stitchers have ufos' obviously!