onsdag 30. juli 2008

Outdoor Pleasures

We've had the most beautiful weather in Oslo the last week, perfect for making sunprints and rust dyeing fabric. The lamp shade looking thing in the background is not a lamp shade, but an iron basket covered with fabric which I wet in vinegar and water and covered with cling film.I think this colour combination is stunning. I didn't plan it, but I find that if I let flowers self seed, they often find the perfect place. This Verbascum needs support to grow upright, and it found the perfect partner!

onsdag 23. juli 2008


I've been asked what happend to the fabric I tried to dye in ammoniac. When wet, the fabric had a beautiful blueish colour, when it dried it was very pale blue, nearly white. So, I put it away for a while, and then used it for playing with flour paste again. It's a very fun technique which I described in an earlier post.
Last weekend I played with painsticks and stencils I made from waxed paper, and used the fabric as background. I'm not very happy with the fabric I used for the borders, too much gold in it I think, but anyway; now Kokopelli rules in my kitchen!
If you don't know Kokopelli, he is a Native American fertility god, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player. Kokopelli presides over childbirth and agriculture. He's also known for carrying unborn children on his back and distributing them to women....

torsdag 17. juli 2008

Summer Stitchery # 3

The whimsical garden ladies ended up as place mats. I think these two are my favourites...The backgroud fabric is one of Lonni Rossi's botanical prints which I found in my stash.

fredag 11. juli 2008

Garden Journal

I finished a garden journal tonight. I've used hand made paper for the pages, the pressed flowers from my garden are covered with organza and outlined with free motion quilting. On the front, I've used photoprints of old sees packets and some beading, in the pockets on the next page there are tags describing each page. The journal measures 7 x 7" and has 8 pages plus the cover.

tirsdag 8. juli 2008

Garden Pleasures

Most of the roses I grow in the garden are David Austin's roses. They combine the historical roses lovely scent with the newer roses ability to remount throughout the season. I think they are beautiful!