Friday, 21 February 2014

busy day


high up in the tree a huge nest; I was walking with friend J, her daughter J plus their dog Porter in the woods this morning where we spotted this enormous nest, whilst wondering what bird it belonged to a magpie landed on a branch close by and gradually moved upwards towards the nest calling to his/her mate

several strips of cloth hanging.....in anticipation 

pinned onto the dyed and printed linen a cut-off from a silk/felted shawl I made a few years ago, not a great success if I'm honest and as the silk was disintegrating I decided to put it to good use, this bit might work here, other bits are to been seen further down

block clamp dipped into walnut dye, quickly removed as i sensed the dye was seeping into the fabric way too fast too much, the string wasn't tight enough!.....but i do like the result, as seen below:



 another experiment with an ironed and folded strip of cotton (already dyed with a black-bean-dye last summer, but the colour has faded)bound with goat's wool, which i assume will also take on the dye; it is half submerged into the acorn-dye

 here you can see the dye seeping into the fabric that hasn't been submerged:

a coin-clamp and a block clamp simmering in the onion-peel/avocado-dye, will check on those tomorrow, am curious to see how they'll turn out:




what i thought was going to be the living room, I think studio/living space is a much better idea, tiny birds have arrived as have various other objects, they will probably move about a bit, until things settle down for real; in the pic below three stools with a felt cover (from the shawl) and three books, made by our boys when they were a lot younger in the library...aha books are starting to materialize; Frog's poor relations have also taken up residence



the OldBird King in his own bed with Frog lying on the felt-floor-flower on the right; ShadowDog has been joined by several of his English cousins, they can all share a spot underneath the bed.

a happy Malle with a rainbow necklace, I enjoyed a masterclass today with teacher J after the walk
 



the young teaching the old new skills! it's pretty fiddly, but the results are fun, you see me wearing a bracelet J made and gave me


finally a photo of the second knitted and felted blanket hanging to dry in the library



4 comments:

Nancy said...

Great to see you making those bracelets! I'm really enjoying watching the house become! Old Bird King looks quite content in his bedthrone!

saskia said...

bedthrone, you are such a wizard with words and names Nancy, that is exactly what it is, he does look content in it, wrapped in several cloaks and blanket; not a squeak from Frog about his having to lie on the floor-flower....I do believe he is devoted to the OldBirdKing (as are so many of us)

jan said...

what a fantastic mix of creative energy Saskia! Dyeing; fabric; tying; clamping. And this building project for all your friends....and I love the birds...I could almost hear them singing their chorus at dawn!

Julie S said...

you are going and going and going