Sunday, 24 September 2017

cardiff and beyond


 
Well just got back from a short break in Cardiff- what a beautiful city. Compact and easy to navigate.
We were very impressed with the free entry to places and cheap tickets for boat trips and cinema etc.

I took loads of photos as usual and a few are below-

St Fagans

Chris looking for new property

I remember using my Grans mangle outside in the cold


Help I can remember some of these brands of food!


School house

Iron age roundhouse reconsructed on original site

Mediaval house being reconstructed using local craftsmen

Cardiff Castle


Norman keep

Cardiff Castle 




Chris at war
remnents of war


Cardiff Museum



Dinosar nest reconstruction


reconstruction of dinosar in an egg



Cardiff Bay


Norwegian Church





Poppy display



Saturday, 2 September 2017

Dyeing Day

Well I have had a play day with a new batch of tray dyeing- tiring but worth it- look at results below-

Finished results

papers dyed with expired dyes




dyed threads

dyed bags

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Weaving workshop

As you can see on Natural Progression's blog, we are running three mini workshops at Towneley Hall.
I am running the 'Simple Weaving' workshop tomorrow and spent most of yesterday and today preparing the looms.

We will be using three largish peg looms, and a variety of small makeshift looms.

I really need to source some yarns, fabric, string etc and finish the prep.

I will post some photos thats assuming some people book onto the workshops.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

alcohol ink workshop

The workshop was a great success despite only having 4 students. As we had limited time I could only demonstrate a few techniques, but enough to get them going and wanting more.

However, the weather was not being kind to us as it was very oppressive and extremely sticky. It was a good job we needed all the windows and the door open!

Below are some photos of the day and especially showing three of the ladies work. Unfortunately one lady had to leave a bit early due to domestic reasons, and I did not catch her in time. However she did some lovely pieces.

We worked on Yupo, Encaustic card, silk and cotton fabric, tiles, metal, wood and  card. The tiles particularly produced some stunning effects.

                                                               Busy Bees





                                                                  The finished pieces










Friday, 14 July 2017

Berwick and beyond

John and I have just got back from a few days in Berwick. We had a great time, the B&B was good, weather excellent and countryside beautiful.

We managed to walk around most of the walls, visit the Barrack Museum, The Town hall guided tour, went on a steam train ride, visited a working , flour mill, Heavy Horse Museum and go to see My Cousin Rachel at the cinema.

Not bad considering, we had to find our way round and eat loads- my diet starts Monday.

Below are a few photos, which feature Gertie in some- She gets everywhere. See if you can spot her?