Last weekend we spent a lovely weekend in Norfolk. Not only did I have the pleasure (thanks to good friends who actually know their birds) of seeing my first spoonbill, … Continue reading
This is my second experiment with gauzy ribbon and scrim. Possibly one that I won’t repeat. Scrim in this context is a very light gauzy material made usually of cotton … Continue reading
Well to be honest the two things Dieppe and duffel bags are, as far as I know, not connected at all, except in my recent activities and, perhaps, by sailors. … Continue reading
I decided yesterday to experiment with two additions: gauzy ribbon and scrim. Gauzy ribbon, the subject of today’s post, breaks one of the rules of felting. This is that synthetic … Continue reading
I’m in a lull. Perhaps working up to some more significant creative activity. Perhaps because there has been a lot of stress. Thank goodness for my friends. This interim piece … Continue reading
This small piece of felt made with snips from a silk hanky reminds me of those crystallised violets used for cake decoration and those soapy tubes of sweets!
During a week when Margaret Thatcher dominated the scene, I would like to pay tribute to the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala who also died recently. I read her novels about … Continue reading
I like to make pretty, characterful personal spaces. Here is my favourite Ikea chest of drawers with a pretty ivy mirror made and decorated by a friend in decoupage and … Continue reading
Ice structures in Edgbaston In one of the early spells of deep mid winter I started to work on a large piece of chiffon silk. Inspired by ice and snow … Continue reading
Birmingham can be very beautiful. Here are some of the things I love about it. Music Canals The light In the meantime I am a bit frustrated. The weather isn’t … Continue reading
Inspired by pots of spring flowers I decided to make a small piece of pictorial felt. Sometimes when you have some very special materials it is hard to open the … Continue reading
I think one of the hardest things I am learning about is how to deal with phases of inertia or illness and then to move towards recovery and regain energy. … Continue reading
I have started my exploration of natural fibres by experimenting with the felting properties of Icelandic wool tops. The fibre is courser than merino and the felt produced has a … Continue reading
Well yes I am quite pleased with this. It needs a bit more work on the back but this is more like it. a stole made with silk backed with … Continue reading
A fun morning making felt. For the full instructions, for this project see the Textiles section of this site for the page on decorative felt.