magic horizons? shop update

Nothing subtle about these naturally dyed chunky ombre goodies! Wonderful for imaginative landscape effects, or to riff off intuitively.
4 packs available, 3 colourways.

Easter dyeing

No eggs!

OH MY GAWDZ, this 34 year old madder!!!!!

No fuss, no messing around, our mountain-hard tap water, a couple of Tums, a bit of a simmer and BANG.

I think i’d be hoarding this stuff if i was parsimonious with my cloth–but then what’s the point? Just wish the supplier was still around!

Coupled with a chunk of silky silk velvet dyed in quebracho rojo, there are TWO of these packs in the shop, along with others (ONE each) in various permutations of osage, sandalwood, quebracho rojo and cochineal. DELICIOUS! EDIT: ONE pack left of the seven.     SOLD OUT    

I will be dyeing again this week, and will have more packs in the store, slightly different.

a manipulative day

I’m doing some “self directed” workshops again, which means getting into the studio and (usually) experimenting with old techniques, or trying to make something from old techniques 🙂

Today, i spent four hours burying the cat playing first with my quebracho rojo dyed silk velvet, then some indigo cotton, and lastly an indigo and cochineal overdyed ecoprint silk habotai (reverse order in photo!) (Sorry for the crossed out bit–i always hear Monty Python when i hear “i spent blahblahdeblah hours blahdeblahblahing……..”)

Each type of fabric had it’s own attractions, and responses to the manipulation. I love the silk velvet, as it’s actually more forgiving than the silk hab, which slithers like an intoxicated snake, and the cotton is nice and crisp, though i may flatten that with an iron to set creases for a different look.  The silk hab and the cotton also have more “rounds” than the silk velvet, and better size variations, so they look a wee bit fuller. I’ll add to the next silk velvet rose as three i think, is a bit skimpy.

I dug through the bead/embellishment stash for the centres–gotta use them! Since i have 14 variously sized drawers full………..

No pattern for these, sorry, as they are “prototypes”. I developed them by accident while rolling velvet! Beyond a minimal minute spent on the machine, these are small, portable and easy enough to make by hand, though the enhancements have to be done in the day in the studio, due to light and old eyes.

River’s Edge

#15 in the indigo moon series, i may have lost some “serious art” readers “because apparently all i’m doing is “crafting” this year” (get on yer high horse, you know who, and ride off far away), but ya know what? I NEEDED this year to be easy, to be Small, to be, well, just mooning the world–ha!

The texture on this one is amazing, even if i do say so myself 🙂


Since it’s grey and cold and blowy here, i added a little bling from the embellishment stash that hasn’t seen the light of day for a looonnng while! These moons are getting bigger with this one measuring at 10″ across. (Still thinking of a HUGE indigo moon!!) And some are getting smaller, as i have a few planned in a 5″ size.

See the shop for details.



Autumn Goddess Moon done!

A celebration of fecundity and the feminine, this indigo moon bears the rune “Jera”, a symbol of harvest, and meaning “Peace on the land, peace in the heart”.

Hand embroidered in cotton, silk and wool threads, naturally dyed with oak, osage, privet, walnut, madder, pomegranate, cochineal, indigo and sandalwood, on an ecoprinted and indigo dipped cotton, background madder and indigo on cotton. Some metallic threads are also featured, because even natural likes a bit of bling once in awhile!

Available in the shop!   SOLD

Moon number 12, almost done!

(Although, if i count the two Rabbit Moons, this one is number 14!)

Again, all natural dyes, threads and fabric, except for that teeeeeny bit of coppery glitz on the “stars”, a gift from Karin. Even naturals like a bit of bling once in awhile 🙂

I figure about another 4-6 hours, and “Harvest Goddess Moon” will be done.