A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

21. Aug, 2019

It is drama competition time again for my eldest daughters three children and wile I am longing to get into something more personally creative I am making stage costumes. Here is the mop cap I just finished. It was a simple process without a pattern. I tok and 18 inch square of calico. found the centre and then using a tape measure marked a 9 inch series of marks from the centre. I then did a second round 2 inches in. I cut out and stitched on the lace and then hand threaded some narrow lace around the mark at 2 inches. This way the gathers can be pulled up and adjusted so if different ids want to use this in the future the hat can be adjusted to fit them. I have made a pair of checkered pants for Toad of Toad Hall from Wind in the Willows and have then a waistcoat for Toad to finish. The top tension plate on my Pfaff has given up so it will have to go to the service man and so I have pulled out the Janome. It is a very heavy machine and I need to find the box of feet that go with it. Just when I was getting to the stage of being able to go back to my own creative stuff!!! lol!

20. Aug, 2019

At the end of the street where I stayed in Dempassar was this rubbish station. The APQ challenge for 2020 is "Going Green and I think part of this image and the previous post will be incorporated into my quilt design. It is still embryonic in my head at the moment but makes the point that even in everyday ugliness there is potential for creating art. The rubbish was brought in mainly by hand hauled carts and dumped in this area and the lady on the right sorted through it all and put it into bags - not a nice job but shows even in third world countries the effort to reduce waste and man's impact is there

19. Aug, 2019

I couldn't resist taking a photo of these roots against the rough wall. The texture and potential to interpret this in fibre is really a great experiment. I love the 3 d nature of such art work and want to develop more in this area

18. Aug, 2019

Well the quilts are labelled and the cloth bags (with labels are made. Return courier bags are purchased and self addressed and here they are ready to send off tomorro. What a relief. Now I might be able to get onto doing something creative or finishing off the quilts that sit on the end of my sewing table patiently waiting for their turn. I didnt think it would take so long to get these ready and of course I didnt do all these bits till I was advised that they had been juried in to the exhibition and they need to arrive this next week so if i post tomorrow they should be right on time

17. Aug, 2019

I had seen this book by Clare Wellesly-Smith on several sites so when it came up on an online auction at less than a quarter of the published price I decided to be in. It is an interesting read - not so much a how to book as as exploration of how textiles from reused items have evolved. The slow movement is a push back from the instant digital social media world of distraction and is something I have always encompassed in my daily routine. If you have been following me for some time you will be well aware that many of the processes/projects I undertake are not quick finish items and although I use a sewing machine extensively for embellishment and free machine quilting and embroidery I do some thing with hand stitch. It is a change of rhythm and working with the seasonality of local things that are stressed in this book. Eco dying and using old linens as backgrounds are some of the things that are part of this philosophy and they are explored within the text and photos of the book. Maybe I have enjoyed it because it reiterates my philosophy in a world gone crazy for immediacy although I do not know if I will ever get to the kantha (india) or Boro (Japanese) created testiles which began for utilitarian make and mend purposes