Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I took luggage lables with me to record what the samples were ( Lesley said it was the City and Guilds showing through!) Only I forgot the sellotape so I nipped to the village shop. The only sticky stuff they had were plasters - but they do the job!In no order whatsoever here are the samples. All bar one are on on dissolvable fabric so they can be wet felted later.
Rainbow merino wools laid down horizontally then in swirls on top.
Herdwick wool - course and hairy!
Two samples made with carded bats and in the case of the top one a bit of rainbow blend merino.
A background of merino wools with a little white and turquoise silk throwsters waste on top.
Merino wool and silk rainbow blend base with more merino rainbow on top in a grid. This was actually my first attempt.
Silk throwsters waste. Its all about texture! This would not wet felt all by itself but its fine needlepunched and could be used with merino wool.
Blue Faced Leicester Oatmeal english wool with a bit of bamboo incorporated. The real colour is a bit nore grey-brown.
Shetland humbug wool with merino rainbow blend circles. The humbug wool is a mix of whites to browns like the sweets
More blue fasced leicester oatmeal with merino wool spots
Some Manx sheep ( I forgot to note the names - the wool is a much warmer brown than the oatmeal) with strips of merino wool. This was probably my favourite english wool and I tried to buy a 200g bag of it but when I got home- no bag. I think I must have dropped it in one of the sheds when I was weighing other stuff and had several in my arms. Rats! Now I have to pay postage to get more.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
And still this is not a proper post. Just to say I am still alive, although for the last few days I was too dog tired to tell you that and yesterday I had a headache which I thought might be a brain aneurysm (spelling?!) and would finish me off. (Ok, after a few hours, I took 2 paracetamol and had a sleep and I was fine but it really, really did hurt at first!)
Still, I have been doing things and buying things and tomorrow - when it is no longer way past my bedtime I shall schedule several posts to tell you about it all.
So don't go away just because I did, will you?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
She has a brand new blog - can you go and say hello to her for me?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Of course I have no camera with me so I cannot show you the disgracefully large pile of empty packets of sour cream and onion pretzls sitting on our table. Well, they are free and delicious but Dennis has confiscated the rest before I make myself sick. As this train is one of those fast swaying ones it is likley that I shall make myself sick any way by using a laptop but look! Free wifi. Oh such a happy bunny I am. For I can send you a link for the pretzels. Surely it is for the dissemination of important information like this that the interweb ( as one of my recent clients called it) was invented.
Dennis has a fun few days planned. He is going to the Royal Opera House tonight to see Barber of Seville. I am going to stay in the hotel room and watch TV. He is going to watch cricket at the Oval, go to St.James Park and feed the squirrels, shop and the British Museum. I am going to teach for three days.
But stop! Before you begin to paint your placards in protest at my unfair situation I do get a half day off on Thursday. I shall be going to see Aboriginal art here, African Art here, having a cup of tea and cake here and buying some pretty Amercian magazines from this shop just next door. Later that evening we shall eat together here.
Meanwhile I am on a train in the middle of summer, with sheet rain running down the windows, and lightening all around. I can see about three feet into the fields at the side the weather is that bad ( its 4.30 pm) and the train is now going very, very, very slowly indeed. Nope. Has come to a standstill. I fear floods. But look! The wifi still works! And there is no reason to think reading blogs is going to make me sick at this speed. I might need some little snacky pretzels if we are going to be here a while though....
Sunday, July 05, 2009
This challenge will benefit another area in the Cape and will help to raise funds to move the Chris Hani Creche from a shack like this to a solid building. Please do participate of you can do so. further details are at the link above.
If you make a piece please email me a picture and I will put together a gallery post.
I particularly like these bad hair day chickens.