a journal: textiles, inspiration, musings

beauty is often hidden

a grey morning, a grey mood:


but closer observation of the “brown stuff” scattered on the beach reveals a world of beauty.

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theme books in progress

Noticed my pile of ongoing themed sketchbook/journals…far too many on the go, no doubt “finished” will not be a word applied to any of them anytime soon ! but I enjoy picking one up every now and again and playing with some ideas for the theme…..current themes in the pile are birds,moths/butterflies, flowers, textures, borders and alphabets,  rust and earthy things, a collection of painted papers loosely made into signatures and waiting for a purpose; basically just having them there as “potential” helps satisfy the bowerbird mind that is always looking to explore something else!

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more coastal meanderings

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I have started piecing together some of the embellished / stitched samplers i have been playing with off and on for the past year or so, and realised they might  combine together eventually into one complete piece….working title  ” Coastal Meanderings”!  this is a rough first play at how it might start to come together: am now inspired to finish other pieces in the same theme, and start to work them with more purpose.


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Seems a bit like that! having to kick-start, not only the blog but the textiles work too….apart from some journals made for friends, it’s been a quiet time. Too much creativity going in to working out new ways of preparing food! [may need a new blog for that area of interest …] and reading inspirational […]

tiny treasures

a collection of tiny treasures, all scattered on the beach on the same morning a week or two ago……plenty of inspiration here for sketching/stitching line, shape, colour, texture in a very simple form……

meditative stitch

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Making this sari-scrap quilt/throw has been a long and labour-intensive journey, but it has been a very peaceful activity to do all the hand-stitching without setting any deadlines for completion; a very meditative activity which seems approriate, using all these beautiful scraps from indian saris! I am almost finished the front at last….panels pieced, now only to contemplate the border, and decide how to work a back for it. I love this part of quilt making, when the different sections are being worked together and starting to take on a new life as a melded fabric; and whether I am stitching the final touches by hand or machine [in this case both], I get pleasure from the feel of it evolving, and the colours which are coming together with a new kind of glow. The running stitch that I have worked on all the panels of this quilt has the effect of blending the disparate pieces.



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