a trip away to summer school

excitedly I booked for a week with Elizabeth Bunsen at Summer School in Ballarat, sadly Elizabeth had to cancel but I am sure we will see her again some time soon.

So now I am going to spend a week with Roxanne Laskey immersing myself in threads of meaning. Just think a whole week no cooking/washing or cleaning….. just stitching !

I have been working on a couple of pieces for the exhibition The Challenge

rebirth the universe

re-purposed linen table runner……. dipped in the ocean….. bundled with leaves ….then filled with white stitches

The other is  Black and White very out of my comfort zone I have built a collage using a technique taught by Cas Holmes

ode to aubrey  it is an ode to my Grandfather Aubrey  and still in need of more stitching to finish this piece off


Women of the Cloth

about a year ago a few of us started a textile group that meets monthly in our geographical region.

We became a group attached to the Queensland Branch of ATASDA

( Australia Textile Art & Surface Design Association )  Officially know as ATASDA Scenic Rim Group ” Women of the Cloth ”

Excitedly we have embarked on our first exhibition early next year ……

a wow leaf

I have discovered this tree at my kids school ( very embarrassing to them )  I have been trying to identify it …. it is an ironbark with petiolate leaf attachment and the leaf is lanceolate in shape. I have not spotted any buds or seed pods so that does make it a little harder. The leaf seems to have a dark spot or speckle to it ( which shows up in the print). The colour is divine almost blood red on some wool and lovely on silk too. Any Ideas my friends … not even sure it is endemic to our region, south east queensland.


winter time blues…


Blue its every where I look …… some how I seemed to have missed the indigo train.

But I have played with some paper ….

P1060144It is not indigo but a wash of hibiscus tea that starts out pink

P1060146a little stitching and I still dream of blue ….




un bundled

My little jar of tissue silk and silk floss sat for a whole two weeks ….. i am not so good on the store side of life ! The coreopsis is a sunny colour, the silk string and floss that wrapped my little bundles came out a wonderful shade the tissue silk is destine for string twining .

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paper play

I have been having fun with water colour paper and am very pleased with the results…… same idea as bundling just with paper instead of cloth. I use the small ones as swing tags for my scarves and clothing and the larger ones become little artist books.

two fun days teaching

Loads of fun bundling , sharing , laughter and learning. My big pot got the work out of its life these girls were unstoppable and keen to challenge themselves and at times even my abstract mind !

A big thank you to Jacki at ATASDA for inviting me to tutor, I left yesterday with a gift of a piece of copper that I will cherish for years to come thank you Elaine.

Thank you one and all catch up again soon :)



the silk noil scrim is a winner

The results are in an the noil scrim is great I was a bit concerned because the weave is a bit open. I used a couple of different leaves on the wool blanket  only to discover they don’t give any colour but… wool is wonderful in the way it imprints  the leaves / flowers texture.