Colour at the Granary

Delivered the first of two workshops at the Granary Studio yesterday. Results were stunning!

I think all the participants went home very happy. There is a second workshop next week. I believe there are 2 places still available to book

This workshop would probably now only be suitable for those with a little experience

I am also hoping to return in 2016 for spring eco printing.

A dyeing day

I have been waiting for a dry and sunny day to dye my banners for the exhibition in Romsey Abbey. I have been working on these on and off for the past six months so it was going to be a bit of a leap of faith. The original intention was to dye them red with madder but as the work progressed, I was aware that because I had included a lot of iron mordanted fabric, red was probably unachievable. I have done loads of samples but each one turned out differently so I had only an inkling of what I might end up with.

i also harvested my tansy crop, I have wasted to many of my dye crops this year.



I estimated that about 500g of dried madder root would do the trick. The brew looked promising…..



As expected when I put in the banners, colour shifts started almost immediately.


I made a secondary pot with the roots- waste not want not. Much more the colour I originally envisaged.


After several hours simmering banners have come out a pale aubergine


Not sure how I feel about them yet.

Waiting for my feet to touch the ground!

A combination of computer problems and so much going on, I have been hugely neglectful here so this is something of a roundup.

Firstly at the beginning of the month there was the past graduates exhibition at Eastleigh College. Some lovely work on show and great to catch up with what everyone is doing. 

A very random selection. Several works were behind glass and impossible to capture.

Sadly the foundation degree is no more. However there is a broader based HNC starting up in the art department in which there is an opportunity to specialise in stitched textiles so all is not lost.

The next big thing was setting up the five week long exhibition staged by Zeronine textile artists at Hilliers Arboretum,  

The group very kindly invited me to be a guest artist for which I am very grateful. 

 Again just a small snapshot of what is on offer. Judging by the comments in the guest book and the number of sales, the exhibition is hugely successful. The gardens are beautiful at the moment and are also hosting a sculpture exhibition so well worth a visit.

Next week Alison Hulme and I are heading off to Birmingham to theFestival of Quilts. Fellow Room 6 members Susan Chapman and Lynn Onions will be there too. We are all in the Quilters in Action area. We welcome any visitors.

Then at the end of August I will be participating in Hampshire Open Studios as part of Room 6 at the Old Granary Owslebury.

Then it’s the Big Textile Show and the Knitting and Stitching Show and for the month of October will be part of an exhibition called ‘Stitched’ at Romsey Abbey


Next year doesn’t look to be any less busy with a Room 6 exhibition at the Nec in March, From the Earth textiles happening in June and all 3 Knitting and Stitching Shows with Marks and Stitch in the Autumn.

From the Earth

I realize with all the juggling and irons in the fire that has been happening recently I have completely forgotten to mention here, the very exciting event, I have been starting to plan alongside a fellow textile artist with whom I share very similar interests, Jenny Leslie – her website is here

This is some of her lovely work
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During the month of June 2016 we are planning to hold an exhibition which celebrates ethical and natural practices within textiles in its broadest sense. This will be staged in the barns at PS Arts, Datchworth, Herts, website here. Alongside this we are setting up a series of related workshops led hopefully by some well known names. The whole thing is entitled From the Earth. Its has a dedicated website and blog and a page on Facebook. We are also pleased to announce that Jenny Dean has very kindly agreed to open the exhibition for us.

We are going to announce a Call for Artists at the end of January 2015 which hopefully will give anyone interested in participating plenty of time to put something together. I am hoping that we will get at least a few expressions of interest from overseas in order to give the whole thing an international flavour.


Having a lovely time in Harrogate.




Unwrapping Paper

Until I came to Dublin, I have always unwrapped my paper immediately after cooking it. Since health and Safety issues meant that I could not demonstrate the whole process while at the Show, I spent the whole of last Tuesday making a whole stack to bring with me. I was a little concerned that I would have nothing to show but a soggy mess when I finally revealed all. Far from it, I probably have the best collection I have ever had.




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This has certainly made me review some of my practises and while I believe there is probably no merit in leaving processed materials for ages unopened, encouraging mould and all sorts, a little more patience clearly seems to bear fruit

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I am really enjoying the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin. It is lovely to be able to have another look at work I enjoyed in London such as the moving exhibition by the late Renate Keeping

I have also had the novel experience of being an Artist in Action for Art Van Go


It was a great opportunity to explain some of my processes with lots of visual props. More of this today.
Am also looking forward to having a closer look at all the Irish exhibitions and buying some Donegal Tweed.