Have been working with HUGE Photoshop files today – 4GB each – I could hear the Mac creaking! These are the images….. Blaewearie or Blewearie (depends which book you read) an old homestead high up on the bleakest, most beautiful moor you can image – Old Bewick. Close to a prehistoric cairn, double hill fort and carved rocks (how perfect is that?)
The second image was taken near Kirknewton – a lovely atmospheric old stone built cottage.
So what I am planning do to with these? Well I’m hoping to have all ready to reveal at the EG Regional Day on May 16th.
I’ve been accepted!
Into the Crafts Council Directory of Makers that is.
Whoo hoo and happy dancing.
You can see the full page here
I have almost finished the sketchbook! A huge A3 Moleskine hardbound type, I can hardly lift it now. Just one more page to go.
(P.S using a new Blog Editor and I hope it works OK – don’t seem to be able to centre text, which is rather annoying as it wasn’t cheap!)
Pre-washed cotton muslin, about 3 metres x2
Selections of rusty nails
Logwood in muslin bags
Old pot and jam pan.
1. Buy Logwood from Just Ingredients (website or the Cult of Amazon).
SO much cheaper than buying from “arty” stores or natural dyeing websites.
2. Roughly sew and make muslin bags, add required amount of logwood chips, seal with string.
3. Add nails to the pan along with the logwood.
(Add a few more nails than shown here and use different amounts of nails in each pan to give a different hue).
4. Add one or two full kettles of boiling water.
Take out Logwood sachet to have a look at the stunning purple colour.
6. In the Jam Pan we have lots of rusty nails and a generous dollop of logwood.
Note the purple colour and the grey.
Logwood + Alum (another mordant) = Pink
Logwood + Iron = Purple-Grey
Logwood + More Iron = Grey-Purple
Bring to the boil for a few minutes, switch off and leave at least 12 hours.
NOTE: this will produce a “space -dyed” effect, not an even colour on the fabric – to do that you need a huge pan, more water and constant stirring.
7. In the large pan we have fewer nails but the same process as above.
Add the fabrics slowly to avoid air pockets.
Enjoy that colour!
8. Might be a little too pink
9. Add more nails until desired colour is reached.
Part two following soon.
At Guisborough EG.
A lovely group, friendly welcome and interesting questions afterwards.
Thank you for inviting me.
If your group is interested in hearing one of my lectures you can find details here on my website.
Here’s the set up, costume, table full of things to mooch through and a stand with larger pieces (partly seen),
along with the screen for the slide show.
If you’re in Northumberland and visiting Wallington (NT property) you’ll see my table runner in the dinning room.
This is my second commission for the National Trust.
“Use your Vote”
Absolutely agree, women died so that we could vote and we should all use that privilege won through suffering and perseverance.
Playing with colours and circles.
A lot of the textile work I have planned is very muted, so its good for the soul to play with bright paint colours!
And you know I love circles.
And if something doesn’t quite work out then, in good City & Guilds fashion, chop it up and stick it back down!
Textile work coming very soon, just having to get back to normal after the Easter holidays and also settling my father into a new flat.
Time…… bit elusive for the studio atm.
But next week it WILL happen.
Over the winter we have replaced the bathroom suite (I now have a lovely little P-shaped bath to fall asleep in and because its small i don’t drown!)
I blatantly pinched the idea for the silver mirror from my friend Angela…. taught myself to tile and grout and had fun with these iridescent tiles.
and finally got around to making a bathroom blind from a mix of silks, sari scraps and woven ribbon – with elephants.
I love it.
My Bohemian Bathroom.
New post on my photography website Land of the Far Horizons – a walk to Twizell Castle
C13th original build with C28th “folly” attachments.