Wednesday, 30 July 2014

the vat is still going, with a little addition of Hydros and indigo  to sharpen it 
even more cloth dipped and dyed yesterday - such a lovely stack of blue
piling up - there is a quilt in there somewhere

meanwhile



lavender harvest


an abundance of French parsley



Tiny Tom tomatoes growing by the table on the balcony

add parsley, thyme, chives, oregano, Greek basil plus
'cut and come again' salad leaves, all you need is a
plate and French dressing to complete a salad




Tuesday, 22 July 2014

just for the record


it is generally thought that us Brits are always talking about the weather
which is not surprising since we a get a lot of it in all it's varieties
just checking it out first thing this morning and the chart shows
a fabulous curve of sun and 26c - look no rain!

suits me just fine


indigo washing


agapanthus - a few of the twenty five flowers 
blooming lovely


Sunday, 20 July 2014

blue heat

The whole country is sweltering in the heatwave, broken slightly by monsoon rains,
together with amazing thunder storms and dramatic lightening flashing across 
the sky.    In our little corner of England we managed to escape most of the 
storms, although the rain was much welcomed on our parched garden.

The gazebo made an appearance again, just in case.    Not needed after all,
just a few little showers to cool the air.    Hot and humid, perfect indigo weather.

Cloth prepared - stitched, tied, bound and clamped.    Soy wax resist.  Ready to go.

A few pix captured during a very productive day - and what blues?!!!


pole wrap with raffia - love the green 


old lace



soy wax resist - stars from the ceiling of an Egyptian tomb?


soy wax 'scribbles'


manipulated pole wrap

these are but a few of the most wonderful pieces produced on the day

and it was such fun dipping, dyeing and enjoying heat of the day, admiring 
the amazing blue cloth on the washing line - big smiles all round.

Next Saturday it's a Procion dyeing day.   Same effects, but in colour!
Looks like the heatwave will linger longer, which means the dye should
produce really strong colours, that's not to say you can't do pale!

There are a couple of places left.   If you are interested, contact me.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

high summer

slowing down, not rushing

enjoying warm (hot) days

picking courgettes and beans
then eating them for supper

at last Saturday's workshop on Indian Stitching we looked at



banjara stitching


kantha stitching


Indian mirror work

and little samplers were started


which might look like this


I've read The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey - strangely wonderful

next up,  Rumi The Fire of Love by Nahal Tajadod, the story of the great Sufi poet
 and creator of the whiling dervish    I am transported to 13th century Arabia 

today I revived my two week old indigo vat    it's not often in that this 
can be done 'outside' without the aid of a heater of some kind

another indigo workshop this weekend - forecast hot and humid, perfect




now to water the garden and harvest a handful of beans


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

postcard

On Thursday it is 'last day of term' with my friends at the Mill.    We all contribute something for lunch and it is a foodie fest - delicious.

A new challenge this year was a fabric postcard swap.    A little out of my comfort zone, which maybe is a good thing?    Remembered yesterday, and, with a chill wind outside this afternoon, I got stitching.



with apologies to Matisse

and a note to self book tickets for the exhibition

fabric backed with Bondaweb is not as easy as cutting paper!



Monday, 30 June 2014

happy day

The first indigo workshop on Saturday turned out, rather like the weather, brilliantly.    We were lucky to be on the edge of the thunder storms, so it was hot and humid after lunch, perfect for good indigo blues.    The gazebo was dusted down, just in case of rain.    We all reminisced about the last indigo workshop of 2013.    It poured with rain, but it was warm.   We huddled and dipped under the shelter of the gazebo.   Shrieks of laughter as the wind lifted the top to give us all an involuntary shower.    I should add 'a sense of humour and to expect the unexpected' to the Needs List.




a small bucket vat taken at a children's workshop last year


It was not until everyone went home I realised I didn't take any photos, and there were some lovely pieces hanging around the garden.      Deborah has kindly sent a photo of
indigo pieces on the washing line.



Deb's piece is the large pole wrapped cloth in the middle.   Well over a metre long and
wrapped around an industrial/office water bottle, quite an achievement!    A bit too big for a bucket though and I was reminded of my big bin vat, which was just as well. Pole wraps seemed to be the order of the day.

as I finished tidying up there were one or two big spots of rain


and  this splendid cloud formation heralded a downpour    it didn't last too long 
just enough water the garden and later dry enough to have supper outside


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

domestic stitching

The Indian bedspreads were taken to the cleaners, a little grubby and I didn't fancy the idea of washing and ironing the pair of them (290 x 290cm).   They came back sparkling white and have been sitting around for a week.

Yesterday was making the curtains day.    Fortunately I have two large workshop tables which made the task easier.



measuring and cutting first




measure twice, cut once - what was left after adjusting
the length  - enough for four cushions I think




Amazingly, although it is hand stitched applique I found
I could match the pattern (almost) perfectly.   I marvel at the 
skill of the makers, not only is the design pattern perfect, it must
have taken a great deal of time to complete each bedspread


the curtains were hung in the afternoon



creating a cool feeling in the lounge this morning
when outside it very bright and very hot!

this afternoon perfect for another indigo vat


the leftover joined hems 
three dips to go for a rich indigo blue