Tuesday, March 7, 2017
and my short version is - beautiful prose, characters that were strangly and wonderfully out of character and a book that carried the research that shaped it lightly. Well worth the time it takes to read it.
Springy grass, muddy paths, pavements, local wildlife and the splendour of a reflected tree ...
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Here's a small taste of what's on display ...
|from the studio of Marion Baruch|
|delicate work by Chrisiane Lohr|
|Work by Tatiana Trouve|
Monday, February 27, 2017
yes, Doris was forecast and passed by on her way up country
some of Hepworth's inspirational lines
Sometime soon something in my line photo collection will link with the fabric and thread and stitch ideas and become, well, I'm not sure what yet. Maybe the place to stitch one of the Lines poems.
Friday, February 17, 2017
First the soaking and seeping
Friday, February 10, 2017
In contrast, it was a sunny as we walked another section of the London Loop (https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk) on Tuesday, this time 17 km from Banstead to Malden. As always there were landmarks ... a prison built about 1770 and a fungi covered tree trunk
The Watch House in Ewell, more details at http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WatchHouse.html
Possible stitch patterns ...
There was quiet in the studio on Weds as we
|Two days, two lines,|
Saturday, February 4, 2017
And I'm feeling very relieved to have rinsed, washed, ironed, and logged the 24 pieces of fabric that were put into dye baths three weeks ago.
The record keeping was a bit tedious but now I have colour recipes when I want a particular colour and shade.
Not sure how i'll use them yet, somewhere that'll show the great patterns from the more or less fidgeting I did with the fabric while it was in the dye bath.
Maybe the fabric will come into its own for a piece based on some of the ways that lines have - I'm collecting lots of pics of lines, like these on a walk around Bloomsbury last week.
Lots of blue plaques en route (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques)
Finally, a couple of pics from last weekend in Dorset: I slept under this ancient beam and the first snowdrops bloomed under my window.
Have a good weekend all. My to do list includes mushroom soup and drafting a poem for the first workshop of a Poetry School (https://poetryschool.com) online course called Re-writing the Map.
This fits wonderfully with the work I'm doing on journeys at Inspiration to Stitch -almost too good to be true.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I made a start on sketchbook pages on the theme of journey and did some printing for the last one to go into the Autumn book.
We walked from Coulson South to Banstead - along the green paths of suburbia with London on the skyline. All part of the London Loop, for more details see https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk
The weekend rain that made my drive to Kent a very unpleasant experience of spray and fog had turned the bridleways (shared with LL pathways) close to Epsom Downs into mud baths. Thank goodness for good boots and good chat with good friends as we made our way along the northern ridge of the Northern Downs.
Our route out of Coulson took us under the wonderful walls of this new railway bridge and
we reached Banstead over an old railway bridge with some slate 'roof tiles'. Two more examples for my collection of patterns I might, someday, stitch. I just love the weightiness of the slate.
Finally, more lines in the evening sky as I close the blinds .... hopefully a good omen for tomorrow when I'll be dyeing fabric with the Institches fabric wizards.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
At last, the quilt made with fabric bought in New York in December 2014 has made it way to the finishing line ... a journey of two years, so about average!
The last stitch in the hanging sleeve for this quilt was made with good timing: no need to tuck it all into the suitcase coming with me back to UK today. There's enough in there already including, of course, the tea bag work in progress.
Just love the paper that emerges when these are emptied.
This quilt is a first for me in terms of main and border design and quilting. But I'm not fond of large projects and can't wait to work small and slow in a sketchbook on my next Inspiration to Stitch day tomorrow. More on this later.