Thank you all for reading my rambles. All comments are read and appreciated. There have been some great comments recently so many, many thanks. I'm sorry if I haven't managed to comment on your blog I do read them as often as I can.

Monday, September 21, 2009

September TUSAL

Well better late than never I say. You can see the white threads a the top of my jar they are the withdrawn threads from a sample I'm doing for my Italian study. The piece isn't quite finished but I'm nearly there, I'm doing a pulled thread piece next but that will be a contemporary piece - watch this space. I know the lines don't look straight but that's just because of the tightness of the fabric in the frame.

I've also done some colouring of fabric with Markel sticks and acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. The first piece is a sketchbook page of cut up painted sheets like the second picture.

There are then two bark rubbings done with Markel sticks

and finally a coffee and tea shibori dyed piece. Unfortunately you can't see the leaf shapes I tied on the piece, it was a bit of a failure. If you click on the thumbnail you might just be able to see a leaf shadow in places, they should have been clearer.

We are nearly finished bedroom #2. the carpet is coming tomorrow so DD and friend WILL have somewhere to sleep.

Monday, September 07, 2009

New bedroom

I think I told you a while ago that we were changing my office into a spare bedroom. Well it's done. All I have to do is get some tie backs for the curtains and DH has to bleed the radiator. Wow are you impressed it's taken such a short time to do. Unfortunately as we have used part of our bedroom carpet on the floor we have to start decorating that straight away.
The light from the window doesn't show up the curtains very well - sorryOh yes my workroom/office is a mess again as I've been very busy with the work I have to do before college starts again. As a result I've only just started putting things away from our two recent trips.

As far as college work is concerned I've completed the back-up work for my tree trunk vessel and also two country studies (looking at the embroidery in Africa and The Canaries) Now I'm on to Italy so if anyone has any info or good links about Italian embroidery then I'm interested. Bye for now as I'm off to do a bit more clearing up. Thanks for reading my rambles.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


You might be wondering at the title of this post. I am doing some research and the Italian word is 'sfilature'. The nearest I seem to be able to get as a possible translation is what we know as 'pulled thread work'. Anyone out there know any better? Doing a Google search gave me pictures of drawn thread work which is where I got the definition from. If you know any better and can help me please post. Many thanks.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ben Nevis inspired hanging

I have been working on my Ben Nevis inspired hanging since last Wednesday. Thanks to Helen Cowans our lovely tutor. We had a three day intensive workshop and I've been working on it since then. There is still a bit of tying in to do (that is tying the front to the backing) and I need to get a better hanging device, this was the only piece of wood DH could find in the garage. Hope you like it. Sorry the perspective is a bit off.