Tuesday, 26 February 2013

New Neons

Colours are often what drives textile lovers. Couldn't you just stand and stare at boxes of yarn or ribbons or bolts of cloth?

As a dyer, colours are always exciting, what shall I use, how will they mix, how different will they look when they're spun up or felted?

Now and again, if I have visitors or my daughter friends are over, I might ask them to pick a couple of dyes and have a go of dyeing the fibre. I like to do this because its always interesting to see what other people will put together.  I have my own thoughts on colours, but it's fascinating to see others ideas.

Hence the Hero dyelot. These are shades I would never have out together, I was surprised at my daughters friend Deborah's choices.  I was a little skeptical over how they would look once dried.  I was doubtful whether they would sell.  How wrong was I? They were gone within the first morning, the whole dyelot.  So here they  are again in all their neon glory.  Bearing in mind that neons are right on trend!

So thanks Deborah, just goes to show how it helps to have another point of view!

If you like the look of these fibres, they're here, along with some new more subtle shades


Monday, 4 February 2013

Late last week I took a trip into Liverpool which is something I don't need more than a slight excuse to do.  I headed down to the South end to Lark Lane which is Liverpool's own Notting Hill, full of vibrant cafe culture.  I visited Arts Hub 47, a co-operative where local artists and artisan crafts people are able to sell their work.

The co-op is relatively new but there is a buzz in the shop and the work is of a very high standard, so I'm thrilled to be able to offer some workshops there.  There is a workspace upstairs, enough for four spinners with wheels, we can nip out at lunch time for a little bite of something exotic and finish the day with a funky skein of art yarn. 

We're throwing a few dates around at the moment, but if it's something you think you'd like, get in touch and we can see if we can make it happen


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Off again.......

This post starts off as too many seem to, it's been a long time.

Since we last spoke, Christmas has come and gone and it was an incredibly busy time here, we did our best ever craft fair, the amazing Winter Arts Fair at St George's Hall in Liverpool.

The event, where tables are fiercely fought over was every bit as good as was reported and Nic from Feltipedia and I had a ball


In the middle of all the Craft Fairs before Christmas, we also decided to move house, a move which allows me to have my own room for work.  This is a huge relief to my family who were drowning in a sea of yarns, fibre and dye.

Consequently after Christmas I collapsed in a heap and there was nothing doing creatively for quite a few weeks while I slowly came back to the land of the living.

So this is my first blog of the new year, I'll be posting new fibres to the website.  Sorry I've been away, will try my best to be a better blogger!