Sunday, 17 August 2014

a colourful week

The children's workshop on Tuesday was pretty full on - no pix!
a gazebo was set up outside the restaurant on lovely decking
oh dear, we moved it on to a grassy area - can you imagine the
result after dyeing t shirts, forty three in all, should you ask!

People strolled through the garden, interested in what we were
doing. As one group of children finished, another group formed.

Buddhist monks sat around relaxing. Perhaps they felt at home.
Tie dye flags and t-shirts?   Could have been McLeod Ganj.
(they were performing in a concert that evening)

Yesterday was a much more relaxing workshop.

Babs taking out ties on a muslin scarf
on the line indigo with soy wax resist

Mary's amazing clamped cloth
it's oxidising at this point

comos daisies with spots of blue

another fantastic day

after a post workshop tidy up I grabbed a slightly grubby pair of
white churidar (Indian trousers).     Fork and cotton bud pattern

over dyed potato print rings

Definitely the last indigo workshop here in 2014(!) 
is on 6 September - a couple of places available

Monday, 11 August 2014

summer tie dye

Two workshops this month as part of Arts Week organised for the school holidays.     Last year I was overwhelmed with eager little dyers.     Forty t-shirts (in one day - but I did have a helper, thank goodness).     

First one is tomorrow.   I am gathering all I need today.    Loads of t-shirts in different sizes, old shirts and rubber gloves to ward off spilt dye - plus advice on putting feet firmly under the table.   Well, we don't want dye on posh trainers do we?!!!

a few essential ingredients

chickpeas, rubber bands and sponge brushes

pots of dye ready to go

I've been taking children's workshops for years.   Over time the workshops been refined - hints and tips to myself!    The children have no fear of colour, love splashing painting on the dye, and, if time permits there are always squares of cloth to make flags. 

however, there is something new to consider

the loom band monster!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

annual outing

Summer Blast at Walford Mill (  A fabulous range of workshops for children, and I get to take the dyeing workshop.

first I upgraded some patterns

bulls eye

                                                               accordion pleats


it was chaotic and colourful fun 

In the morning there were nine eager students.  T-shirts and squares of fabric were bound, tied and pleated ready to be dyed using  dozens of elastic bands and handfuls of chickpeas

The afternoon I set up a small indigo vat.   A different pace to this workshop.     Eight students this time who spent an hour preparing their t shirts and fabric.   Then the magic of the indigo vat was revelled.    The enthusiasm was amazing.   I explained how to use the vat.    They listened, and then just splashed away!  Rivulets of indigo, bubbles in the vat.
There was also lots of smiles and laughter plus a very impressive line of blue cloth.

A little bit of the washing line.   The t-shirts have been bound using large stones gathered from round and about.    I can tell you that the shapes emerged were wonderful    The now blue stones were returned from whence they came.

Sadly no other pics - too involved in dipping and dyeing.    I have to thank Jazz my very able assistant, and the children who were marvellous.   Maybe some of they are wearing their master pieces today!

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


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