How time flies!
I have been doing a little bit of creative textiles work over the last few weeks (sorry, no photos) ... but mostly I've been involved with preparation for major house renovations.
So here is a little catch-up since April.
Bunbury artists were honoured to welcome India Flint in April for a workshop, and I was lucky enough to attend her talk and demonstration at the end of her stay.
India's trusty old battered dye pot (below, right) travels the world with her and was used to create the sample pieces, which were freshly unravelled and still wet at the end of the talk. Wish I'd taken a close-up pic of its yummy, rich, slurpy contents!
India Flint, and her trusty travelled dye pot
India's book, Eco Colour
felted and hand stitched samples
All the flowers, leaves and bark pieces used in the sample below were collected from within 50 m over the road from the venue before her talk and demo! There are no harmful chemical additives - the natural colours vary depending on the type and age of the leaves and there can be a huge range, just from one tree.
sample pieces dyed from leaves
found over the road!
She also signed my book. I'm such a groupie ...
misty day in Bridgetown
On a grand day out with some gal friends in Bridgetown last week, I found a large old cupboard - with enough shelves and drawers to house a sizeable amount of my textiles stash. What a find!
So, Himself (wonderful as he is) agreed to take me back with the trailer on the weekend. All measured, sizes checked and everything will fit, yay! After it was loaded, we warmed our 'sitting bones' ;-))) by the open fire and warmed our tummies with hot soup at a nearby café.
Here are some pics of the misty views along the way.
fruit trees near Mullalyup
eucalypts and mist
sheds at Balingup
Stay tuned for some progress on the cupboard restoration.
The beginnings of a tea cosy to be gifted to my friend Fiona. It was such fun to stitch and play ... the pieces were hand or machine stitched in place. Then I forgot to take a pic when it was finished. Now I'm inspired to make some more!
playing with layers
playing with stitch
Thanks for visiting!