Sunday, September 22, 2019

Week of Bits and Pieces

It was one of those weeks where you think, where has it gone!! Looking back I must have done something to make it fly by. Apart from the usual "domestic duties" of housework, shopping, SM's, daily walk etc have now realised that yes, I didn't spend it sitting around.
 I added some stitches to a piece of dyed printed fabric and made a new cover for my travel notebook. Prior to travelling I spend quite a lot of time researching the areas and this is book No 4.
 Keron told me about these A5 zipped pockets that can be bought at Officeworks. Unfortunately our local store didn't sell them, found them at another branch, a 30 minute drive in the sunshine to buy some and stop for a coffee..

 We planted a Camellia "Roger Hall". 
Collecting tea bag strings for Jo's friend, storing them on my teapot spout.. 
 An afternoon of eco dyeing 5 inch squares of paper for bookmaking.
I was intending to re enroll in the Intermediate Bookmaking 6 week class, not to be as I then realised it had already started the previous week....perhaps next year.

 Kitchen paper towel laid between the pages.
 Each Easter I don't receive chocolate Easter eggs from family, I am given bulbs.
A few years ago I received yellow tulips, left them in the pot, surprised that this one has popped up and flowered.
 2019 East received these tulips, they have a frill edge.
 Due to both, hand problems and loss of interest, I have not made a quilt in approx 2 years. A close friend is about to become a Grandmother for the first time, I offered to make her daughter a quilt, she is expecting a little girl. Very plain and simple, thank you Judy from Wheatsheaf Quilting for quilting it for me. Will do the binding this week.
 The reverse side of the quilt.
 My orange Clivias are flowering. At a plant swap at rose garden I was given a piece, the volunteer didn't know what colour it was. Perhaps lemon or yellow? Will have to wait a week till it opens.

Spent a morning weeding in the garden, new apricot tree losing it's blossoms. As it is the first year, the fruit may be quite small.
 I had a frame under the spare bed and framed a piece of fine wool dyeing.
That was my week,,,,,,,

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Stitch Meditations

 SM 250
 SM 251
 SM 252
 SM 253
 SM 254
 SM 255
SM 256
 SM 257
 SM 258
 SM 259
SM 260

Monday, September 16, 2019

Still Waters

Calm, still morning looking at the You Yangs from Portarlington.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Table Runner

I collected native foliage from neighbours. Soaked these in iron solution and water to get ready for printing on fine wool to make a table runner.
Various gums, gun nuts, bottle brush and banksia.

Unfortunately the foliage did shift while I was in the rolling process and one end is a little less in covering.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Stitch Meditations

 SM 243
 SM 244
 SM 245
 SM 246
 SM 247
 SM 248
SM 249

Cold and Windy

 Afternoon drive to Point Lonsdale, a favourite haunt of ours.
We never tire of walking around the lighthouse among the rock pools....but not this day..
 The wind was so cold and blustery, we were nearly blown off the pier.
The fishermen were huddled against the seating at the end of the pier.
This seal didn't have a care in the world, lolling about and duck diving.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Folded Sample Book

At our eco dyeing get together last month, I showed the girls how to make a folded book.
I suggested they could do something with it to bring back to the next get together in November.
I used sample pieces of the dyed fabrics and paper towel in mine.
 The front cover is a piece I made in a class with Jett James, Collonography printing.

 Wool fabric and kitchen paper towel.
 Cotton fabrics.