I thought I would show you what I have been working on recently. My Rag Rug of Rudbekia flowers, with their deep chestnut coloured centres and petals of imaginary yellows and whites. In fact I think the petals are pink in real life…but what matter? I enjoy a bit of creative licence.
I started the process by thinking about colour choice and dug out the dye pots. I found an old woollen blanket on Ebay that I planned to use. I do love to recycle as much as I can and this was a perfect way to turn a slightly yellowing blanket into a glowing wall hanging. I cut the blanket into manageable squares and began an exciting journey of dyeing various harmonious colours. I like to make the colour swatches as random and splashy as possible, to give variation when hooking. Don’t they look fab all folded neatly ready to go?
Next onto the cutting. I cut with a rotary blade, into strips about a quarter of an inch thick, ready for hooking. It takes an age but oh so worth it when you see the little bundles of woollen strips ready to use in all their colourful splendour.
After sketching out the design I set to work. I wanted to achieve real differences of light and dark, and particularly wanting denim blue and golden yellows to be the predominant colour scheme, to match the shop décor. Overall I am so happy with the result. If you are interested in learning more I teach variations of rug making…(check out my website page for more information.) Alternatively I am happy to take on commissions too.
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Is was a great honour to be invited to take part in the Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers this year. As you know my work unites my love of flower and textiles, so this had to be reflected in my design.
The theme this year was ‘Ladies Day’, so I went about designing a chair for which Lady Baillie (the last owner of the castle) could sit, contemplate and create. A space of one’s own…
Firstly I set about making the felt, using the wet felt technique, from merino and Romney wool, silks and hand spun yarns. This was then embellished using machine and hand embroidery. It was then pieced together and the chair was upholstered by hand.
The chair sat upon a carpet of fresh flowers, inspiration taken from the rich tapestries from the castle. A sumptuous mix of colour and texture gave added interest and depth to the finished piece. I am delighted to say that it was very well received and I loved every minute of designing and creating my ideas.
Coming soon to The Old High Street, Folkestone….. Gallery 66 will be my new home for the next 4 months, where I will be offering an exciting array of floristry, and creative workshops.
With Christmas coming I am offering wreath making workshops, where you will learn how to make a wreath from scratch, and adorn it with traditional or contemporary decoration. Not only am I offering workshops, but you will be able to buy flowers, table centre pieces, garlands, textiles and gift vouchers in time for Christmas presents. Come along for some festive cheer, its going to be gorgeous!!
From 28 November – March 2019