new vests

It seems ages since I bundled at home …. odd really,  but I have a local gig next weekend a Festival named Zest Fest and it keeps me busy as I am on the  steering committee, loads of work but really worth the effort.

So now I have some new stock for my stall lovely wool vests.


Zest Fest 2013


This is Zest Fest’s  fourth year and oh what a day …..we had rain and nine degrees celsius all day Friday ….. Sunday was fine with sunshine and seventeen to twenty degrees celsius.  480 Adults through the gate ( loads of children not in the count)  and maybe 100 to 150 people were stall holders and volunteers. Beechmont is only a small town ship with a Primary School but no actual shops and this little festival gives us all a chance of our own little main street for the day.

Perfect day and loads of fun thank you to all those that visited my stall.

last minute bundles

Zest Fest is on Sunday and not only do I help organize the Festival I have a stall as well !!!! ( I think I must be mad some days )

I had purchased a pair of woolen leggings ( long johns or thermals) to dye for me to wear with my shape shifter coat. My friend at Cossack Design sometimes boils her bundles twice, ( boils cools down overnight and then boiled again) I knew that I wanted the leggings to be dark so I tried it and wow …. the result nice and chocolatey. I had two cotton tops to renew and they got a dip into iron water and wrapped around iron rods with Japanese Maple for one and Large Euc leaves for the other and I am very happy with them. The Shape Shifter coat has had some stitching and I shorted it at the shoulders worked a treat. So I’m set and ready to go … just got to pack !!

Triffid Tomatoes

On my lead up to Zest Fest, Open Studio and Shape Shifter with India I have neglected our vege patch…… lucky for me tomatoes are like Triffids I picked 1.3 kg of  red and yellow and pear and round Tomatoes !!! The orchard is also over flowing at this time of year thus the name Zest Fest for our community festival ….. we have Seville Orange, Blood Orange, Mandarins and Limes at the moment ( no scurvy in this house)




India Flint Workshop

I have only a couple of more sleeps till I fly to Melbourne to participate in two India Flint workshops at Beautiful Silks…… and I am a very excited. The Zest Fest went very well (we more than doubled our gate attendance) and I was so busy that I didn’t get many photos….. this one is of the committee and Jodi a great volunteer.

                                          Mark, Me, Jodi & Sally

Zest Fest

I am on the organizing committee for a local festival aptly named ” Zest Fest ” (all our citrus is ripe now ) we show case all things local and give our little community a main street for a day. Beechmont does not have a shop front, no convince store. Its a 20 k drive to the nearest shops. This will be my last market for a while …. and my order for recycled Sari Ribbon ( along with silk and mordants ) arrived in time and it  is being knitted into necklaces.


















I also ordered some felters gauze a very loosely woven cotton muslin that I have sandwich with wool roving and embellished with some locally spun wool. I have a big day of rolling in front of me, think it will be a foot job !!

Bundles of Wattle

I had a branch break from wet blossom on a lovely wattle, I took the opportunity to boil it up for colour.

I stripped the leaves off as much as possible,  kept some softer tops for bundling.

In to the trusty pot and boiled for a couple of hours. I had pre mordant-ed two cotton tops in alum and cream of tarter.

The colour is a limey yellow and I bundled both of the tops one with Japanese maple and the other with the Wattle and Purple carrot.

The little bundles are awaiting for my impatient fingers to unravel them … be patient Wendi !

They will be ready for Zest Fest