Exciting News

I learned early this week that my piece “After the ice ” has been accepted into the From the Earth exhibition in June.  The exhibition is to celebrate natural and ethical textile practices and will take place in PA Arts Centre Datchworth, Herts.

I am thrilled.  I even get invited to the private viewing !  Here is the piece that will be on display.



Other artists that I know are taking part at this moment are Jenny Leslie and Caroline Bell.

This great news has made me revisit some of my other favorite naturally dyed felt pieces and I thought it was worth bringing them all together here.



Madder dyed shell vessel

Madder dyed shell vessel


Autumn Storm

Dawn Light

Dawn Light

I love the subtle shade changes in these pieces I hope you do too.




I am fascinated by light and water and I am always taking photographs of streams.  Here is one series that I took , a few miles walk up Far Easedale, in the Lake District , UK.

I decided after numerous attempts to draw this photograph which were really unsuccessful to try felting using prefelts incorporating various fibres using just yellow and black merino .

First step , so far so good , but it needed more
 Here I am testing the idea of couching some yellow wool onto the piece.  I choose not to go down this route but to machine embroider with some variegated yellow thread and then hand stitch in black.

Finally I added some orange highlights.  To me the finished piece contains some elements of my sunny stream and I think looks great in a black IKEA frame but the glass is so reflective it does not make a good photo so I photographed it with the mount before I fitted the frame .

Memories of Artybird

Over the last weeks I have been doing a lot of sorting out and clearing out the mountains of felting I have accumulated.  Some things have headed to the recycling but I have also come across some treasured pieces from my first Artybird felting course.

Sunsets featured prominently in my first course and here are my beginners attempts at dyeing with some very tentative sunset stitching.

One of the great things about the courses was the design work , but there was felting as well

 Two different techniques to felt a sunset !

My first experience of natural fibres , using Shetland , which I have really grown to love.

 Making an embroidered piece, again all hand dyed which if I remember correctly I was told to go back and stitch some more .

 All these pieces are a wonderful reminder of the journey I embarked upon about 5 years ago. I think I have developed a lot (I hope I have ) but I think I can still see the voice I have today in these pieces.

Away from home

This week I am away from my studio visiting family and friends so I have not been doing any felting .  A bit of stitching but no felting .  I have had some time to do some walking and photographing in one of my favorite places.  Far Easedale is a valley north of Grasmere.  I find its isolated hills and streams very beautiful and I have often been the only person walking in the valley.  Easter weekend was not quite so quiet but it was still peaceful and serene .  

There is one spot where the beck cascades over some ancient rocks .  It is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the scenery .  I am particularly drawn to the colours of the rocks with the lichens and the reflections. Here are my favorite images from my last visit.



   I hope I can capture some of these ideas in felt soon.