Monday, 12 July 2010

Indigo Dyeing Workshop

On Saturday I went over to Rockland Allsaints to the studio of Marion Baker,
whose studio I had visited on the Norfolk Open Studio scheme.
Marion and Sally Mills were giving a Shibori Indigo workshop.
Well, what a day, of learning so many techniques,
laughing and sharing in the sweltering heat.
Perfect day for Dyeing though and drying fabrics.
The Indigo Vats were set and ready and the magic began.
Putting our prepared stitched and wrapped fabrics
in and watching them change colour in front of our eyes.
The deep rich blue, Indigo is famous for.
We had a wonderful lunch in the garden under the shade of some trees.
But we couldn't unveil our treasures as they have to dry and cure
for a few days. I am going to open mine this afternoon.
I'll post my results soon.
Thank you so much to Marion and Sally
for making it such a wonderful day for all of us.
See more of my dyed fabrics within my art on

A Visitor to the Garden

Look at this cheeky visitor to our garden on Saturday morning.
She had the front to drink out of the bird path and then
stroll around the garden eating the tops off my new plants!
Sweet peas and all.
It's funny though because I just watched her and chuckled.
I couldn't bare the thought of scaring her because she might have run into the road,
which is the other side of the hedge.
I know she crossed it to get in!
She wandered down the garden and by the look of our raised onion bed,
slept there most of the day while we were all out.
We walked down the garden late afternoon to water
the green houses and hadn't realised she was still there.
Our voices startled her and she ran down the path into the
the corn.
They are wonderful creatures but really make a mess of a garden!