an artists' view

an artists' view

Sunday, 17 January 2016


unfinished, imperfect, star

Friday, 15 January 2016

black flags.......

A week can be a long time.........

Sunday, 3 January 2016

12 Moons

 12 Moons; completed
 12 Moons; the backside
 in process
 in process
in process
It's taken a few months to complete this; I was determined to get it finished before the end of the year! Cut the last thread last night. It's the first stitched piece of a planned series. I usually work in sets; this one continues the habit. This has no dyed fabric in it; the set will have much more plant dyed fabric. I've got a huge stash of fabric I've dyed, and I love the process of dyeing. But it's time to begin using, as well as colouring. 2016 begins with creativity!  

Friday, 1 January 2016

turmeric on silk

Happy New Year to 2016
It's been quite a year of transitions, for me. Settling into my new job; making new relationships; getting out and spending more time with people; camping and travelling more; being ill; getting the trees cut back out the front of my garden. 
We had the horrendous floods in Yorkshire over Xmas; though I haven't been personally affected, we were at risk over the xmas weekend. I can only imagine the dreadful conditions people are currently coping with.

I've had some more personal transitions too; it wasn't only the trees that got cut back this year. 
A number of my friends have had a crap year; and so I'm glad to see them through all that. So I'm welcoming 2016; I hope you have a peaceful and love-filled year. I will try my best to! 

The opened bundle. Silk with the turmeric dried on it. I've left it to dry, and settle a while; then I'll iron it, and see if that fixes it. I've not used a mordant at all; it's an experiment. See what happens. I do like the marks made by the binding though; I hope the silk retains that. It may need some overdying at some point though? Have to wait and see. 

 The dried turmeric on the silk, before I opened the bundle.
Letting the silk soak in the turmeric; it's in a cup, so it's only a small bundle of cloth.
The cup with the turmeric mixed in water; I left part of the fabric out of the mixture, to see if I could get a graded colour......because it's yellow, it hasn't got as much contrast as I'd like.
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