Monday, 31 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Fallen Bird's Nest.

What a shame that this beautifully made nest has fallen to the ground. It has obviously been made by a large bird as the twigs are quite thick, not sure which species though.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Hand Felted Rug from Uzbekistan.

A friend has just returned from 3 weeks 'textile touring' in Uzbekistan and kindly allowed me to photograph her purchases. This rug, one of a pair, was made with 2 layers of hand-made felt with the top layer cut away to reveal the colour of the layer underneath. The pair of this one is made from the cut away layer. Each design is stitched down and couched with 2 hand made cords, one with an 's' twist and one with a 'z' twist. Couched together they look like a chain stitched border. Apparently the cords are made by rubbing the spun yarn against the thigh to make the twists. The whole design is then outlined with hand stitching, backed with another piece of felt and finished with blanket stitching around the edges.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Friday, 14 October 2011

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Brunonia australis.

Getting back to work again on my Brunonia piece for an exhibition next year. The theme is back and white with a touch of colour, which I'm finding a bit tricky!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday, 3 October 2011

Saturday, 1 October 2011

In the Italian Countryside.

Grape picking time.

A bank of wild Cyclamen.