Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Another Island

This time Iona

iona

Remember there will be a small giveaway at the end of the holiday photos, just a couple of items from our favourite museum on the Isle of Skye.

Another Island

Thursday, 22 October 2009

some stitch as promised

OK, here we are, firstly a postcard now on its way to the states ( postal strikes permitting)

fibre project 377

wip- a winter shawl for myself, project designed to use up oddments of wool that have been sitting around for years ( not handspun)

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wip- a gathering of bobbins on my pillow, pairs slowly being added as I work down the pattern.

fibre project 381

spot the common colour theme?

have a good weekend everyone :-)

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Another Island

Please excuse the continuation of our Scottish island hop but it gave me chance to get to grips with my Cannon. Usually we holiday on the bike so my faithful little Fuji goes in a pocket but being in a car gives me the chance to concentrate more on the photos.

So, (please stop here if looking for stitch, there will be some in my next post, honest!!) here are the moods of the Isle of Skye.

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

isle of skye

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

do you do purple?

wild purple woman

Wild Woman in Purple

Merino, silk and other assorted fibres, Blue Face Leicester curls and stray beads..
on the way to Bettina :-)

Friday, 2 October 2009

Orkney Textiles and Artists

Between taking photos and wandering around neolithic remains we found time to visit and chat to some of the local artists. We had the chance to admire Pam Farmer's photographs at Appie's Tea Rooms and enjoyed locally produced food, worth the trip down the bumpy lane to get there.
Stopped off at the Woolshed and Had a very enjoyable time chatting to the owner ( sadly I failed to get her name and the web address seems to belong to a builders contractor and funeral director! however I have found a link here if you are interested. The small shop/workshop sold handspun/knitted and woven items, a selection of handfelted bags and washed and carded North Ronalsdsay fleece. I even got to spin on her Louet spinning wheel to see how it compared with the Ashford.
Hoxa Tapestry Gallery features the work of Leila Thomson, Large scale tapestries that can be seen here.
In Stromness, we came accross Ros Bryant who is also a tapestry weaver and lovely to chat to. Her work is on a smaller scale that Leila with more texture and less vivid colours which we both preferred.

Of course I took a drop spindle with me and spun up a storm with this shetland (shades of brown) and Merino ( cream with silk? not sure what the other fibre is but it feels nice)

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For those who are feeling the Autumn chill, I leave you with the peat fire used to distill whisky at Highland Park distillery.

Orkney 2009

And for those who can here the wind howling ( I know I can at the moment ) I give you a Norwegian Sailing ship in Kirkwall harbour.

Orkney 2009


Breaking away from the holiday theme, I have some stitching to do this weekend and we will be visiting the Nottingham Goosefair tomorrow which is a travelling funfair that sets up every year making it possible the biggest fair in the country however this honour sometimes goes to the equally large Hull fair.

Have a great weekend everbody and thank you for all your kind comments on my photographs :-)