Thursday, 29 September 2011

It's all about COLOUR.

Today my craft group had a 'Thread Dyeing Workshop'.
This is me dyed RED!!

We used lots of different coloured Procion dyes.

The threads (all natural fibres),were wetted with water before dyeing.

Jars of dye, syringes and pipettes.

Everyone busy at the end of the room.

Someone getting stuck in -
and it's wise to protect your hands from the dyes.

A mix of earthy colours in this tray.

..and some pretty pinks.

This was my Ikea tray with co-ordinating threads.

Now have to resist temptation and leave the threads, and some cotton fabric, to 'cook' overnight in plastic bags before rinsing out.
Thanks to Judy for a great Workshop - I haven't done anything like that for a while so let's hope it inspires me to do a bit of stitching now.

First of all there are plans in my head for a new 'Craft Room'.

Then I might actually be able to get at the sewing machine.
Can't wait for next week to see how they've all turned out!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

New York.

We were in New York September 2008 and we stayed in a hotel in New Jersey. This photo is dark but if you click on the photo to enlarge and look carefully, from our hotel window we could see the two lights shining in place of the Twin Towers.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Back to Biking!

I've been doing lots of walking lately but now it's time to up the exercise!
I haven't been on my bike for ages and it was a wibbly-wobbly start.

Down at Minnowburn Beeches I stopped to look at this fungi.

In another few weeks, when the trees change colour, it is even nicer here.

At Shaws Bridge there were canoeists canoeing.

Bike ride over, sore backside, clicky knee.....covered 6 miles!

Oh, and it's down to Halfords later for all the 'must have' biking accessories - like comfy saddle, helmet and saddlebag!

Biking doesn't come cheap.