Thursday, 28 June 2012

They are drumming on my roof again

Early morning light is seeping under the blind in the new room.  The air is muggy and hot, with the promise of water. It is almost a taste in the air, this impending rain.      

 Then, a sudden drum roll on the window heralds the downpour. Rain hits the leaves, pearling and dropping from the tips and edges.  The finery worn by the roses becomes soft, a soaking dress that droops.  The heads of the flowers droop from the weight.

The drum roll ends, as suddenly as it started.  Natures conductor holds the orchestra silent, until slowly the steady sparrow chip, chip, chip sets the rhythm, then the squirling piccolo blackbird sings. Bit by bit the players are emerging into fresher air, cleared by the drummers insistent beat.


In the midst of all this one member of the household has conveyed much displeasure at the weather outside.  In the way only a cat can he has demanded in, then out, then in.  He has washed  himself, just to show he cares not what the weather man says. Before finally demanding one more door opening.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

six moths of summer

needle felted in and then re-rolled to finish.
                                                I just need to decide on a backing and frame.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Work on the Wall

Never seen my work exhibited before.  I am quite pleased with how it looks.  Tim's pictures and bowls look stunning.  His latest raku firing is his best, in my humble opinion.


Newly finished and ready for his debut at the Sherwood Art week

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Heaven scent, candy-floss pink

I cannot even begin to describe for you the almost edible scent that is coming from this small patch of our garden.  How wild and woolly it is doesn't seem to matter as the senses are beguiled to "see" past the strange choice of plantings and intentional wildness.

The pictures are taken in half light, of course dusk is when the scent is at it's most heady.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Sherwood Art Week has started

There are lots of events, workshops and art to be viewed.

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Do come along and see what is on offer

Friday, 8 June 2012


Death's Head Hawk, Phantom, Tiger, Old Lady, Kentish Glory, Silver Y, Burnet.  Ever since I can remember I have loved moths, probably far more than any other insect.  There is something so magical about their time, their dusty wings and the fluttering attraction to the flame and lamp.  Moon driven and marvellous.

We used to get walls of Lime Hawks, drying out their newly unfurled wings, on the Coop.  The council removed all the lime trees and now I have not seen any for some time.  We get the occasional Privet Hawk from time to time; and somewhere is an Elephant hatching.  These magnificent gentlemen take 2 years to pupate and the caterpillar graced our garden 18 months ago.

We also have the most delightful little moth that lives on our Majoram.  They fly up in a cloud of reddish brown if you brush onto the plant.  We get the Silver Y and Oak moth in the early dusk.  I feel they are the neglected cousin of their flashier relatives.

As a result I have had a wall hanging idea percolating for some time.  It will be in patchwork squares of felt and needle felted designs.  I will keep going until I run out of colours or moths.  I am not sure quite how I plan to back it or stitch together the squares.

Three of my favourites are here now:

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

Dress the World

If you are anywhere near Nottingham in the next month; if you have an interest in the history of textiles; if you have a fascination with China and it's traditional patterns; if you have an interest in the use of silk; if any of this piques your curiosity then you might want to visit the Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Let the pictures speak for themselves:  They come from the Dress the World website and each picture is linked to take you to the site or to the What's On site.  None of the jpg's come close to the originals.

Living in Silk, Nottingham

Nottingham Castle's History

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Sketching in wool (and Little Owl came too)

Today has been a day of finishing off the Little Owl that has been on my work table for some days.  It was also a day for trying out some ideas in wet felting and then needle felting into the surface for the finer details.