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Inspiration Packs galore! Buy them now!!

Phew!  Just got back from a long weekend in Somerset and am now raring to go! 

As I was saying last week, I am having a big clearout of fabrics because I want to concentrate on dyeing and painting wholecloth fabric rather than using small pieces of miscellaneous fabrics for patchwork.  So, if you want fabric and thread for embroidery, patchwork, collage, layering or whatever, here’s your chance! 

I have sorted them into bags of roughly 300-400 grams (12oz to 1lb) .  The fabrics are mostly in pieces which are fat quarter or fat eighth size, some more, some scraps, some with bits cut out but still plenty of good usable stuff.  I think all the bags have at least some hand dyed cotton and/or silk fabric; there are also pieces of organza, chiffon, silk, scrim, velvet, etc.  It’s all a mixture, sorted by colour.    A real lucky dip!!

I am selling them at £18 per bag plus postage – UK is £2 and you can use the Paypal button at the end of this post. 

Here are a few examples of what you will get in a bag:

inspiration pack for sale - blue

This one is mostly blues – 340gm.    There is some turquoise metallic organza, about 5”x19”, about a fat quarter (maybe more) of grey-blue hand dyed cotton, just over a fat quarter of turquoise stretch velvet, just under a fat quarter of pale blue cotton, a fat quarter of blue-green batik fabric with fish on, about a fat eighth of blue-turquoise mottled cotton fabric, approx fat quarter turquoise vintage Laura Ashley cotton fabric, same amount blue tulle,  about half a yard of Michael Miller zigzaggy fabric (the colourful one in the foreground), just under fat quarter of blue fabric with little ferns on, piece of navy blue cotton, some scraps of indigo dyed cotton, piece of nepalese hand dyed lokta paper, about 2 metres of blue satin ribbon, several lots of thread.UPDATE – SOLD NOW

green pack of fabric

This one is 330 grams and mostly greens (veering towards yellowy or browny greens).  Here we have some hand dyed yellow-green scrim or cheesecloth, about 12” by 30”, some green cotton fabric just under a fat quarter, green tulle about the same size, hand dyed green velvet roughly 12” square, acid dyed yellow-green silk dupion about 8” square, about half a yard of green rayon fabric with little diamond pattern, fat eighth or so of green cotton fabric with watermark effect, three pieces of various shades of green cotton, one with swirly pattern, hand dyed green-brown felt about 20” by 8”, strip of hand dyed cotton oranges, purples, turquoises, 4”x28”, hand dyed green silk rod, 4’ 1.5”wide green organza ribbon, various hanks of thread.

green fabric pack for sale

These are 330 grams, again, and more greeny purples.  There’s about a metre of green metallicy lace with daisies on it (very glittery!), some funny shimmery green/purple fabric, four different hand dyed green cotton fabrics (fat quarter to fat eighth size) … can you tell I’m getting bored with measuring things?!! – about a fat quarter of silk crepe which I bought in France, hand dyed with green and flecks of magenta and orange, some silk dupion, a very spectacular 9” square piece of silk habotai which I painted with pink and green silk paints using salt – it looks a bit fireworky, scraps of hand dyed silk rod and silk fibres, about a fat quarter of hand dyed green/purply-pink butter muslin, some very shimmery greeny polyester organza good for dragonfly wings, about a 9” square piece of hand felted fibres with silky threads trapped in it (green), some darkish green cotton fabric with a black overall swirly pattern on it.SORRY, SOLD!!

That’s all I’m going to describe because I can feel myself wanting to put it all back again and keep it for myself but I must clear it to get some space to create more!!! 

£18 plus £2 postage (UK) – if you are overseas, email me and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice with amended postage. Give me your colour preference in the ‘Message to seller’ box. Or leave a comment if you have any problems!

UPDATE: I have now put photos of all the bundles with Paypal buttons (postage to UK only) on this permanent blog page.

The colour combinations I’ve got are: yellows/greens; red-purples; blues/blue-greens; yellow/oranges; reds; golds/browns; purples; orange/blue; black/white; reds/dusky oranges; blues/browns; sea greens/blue; greens; and blue/turquoise. Ask me if you want to know more about them.

Ecoetsy Auction in aid of the Nature Conservancy

As you may remember, I am in a Street Team on Etsy called Ecoetsy.  This week they are having an auction in aid of the Nature Conservancy, of a basket of Eco-minded goodies donated by members of the team.  You can read all about it on the Auction page of the Ecoetsy Website.  Unfortunately, you can only take part if you are in the US to prevent any legal issues as well as prevent shipping issues that may arise due to regulations that other countries have.   The auction ends on the 30 October. 

I donated a collaged piece of artwork incorporating a felted sweater in an Incan design and various wires from odd sources… you can see it below.

collage in aid of ecoetsy auction

Follow the links on the website to photos of the donated goodies.  The Ecoetsy blog is also featuring the contents with descriptions of each of the donations.

While I’m on the subject of Etsy, I have a few new listings on there.  A couple of Moleskine journals:

moleskine notebook gocco printed with terraced welsh streets for sale on Etsy

Moleskine notebook gocco printed with Rouen Cathedral for sale on Etsy 

And one of my Rainy Streets series of postcards:

Rainy Streets postcard for sale on Etsy

I’ve also reduced my prices on a lot of things to reflect the fact that the pound is worth less against the dollar, so it’s a good time to buy Christmas pressies!!


I heard of Cyber Fyber some time ago via other blogs.  Susan Lenz has made a whole lot of postcards to swap with anyone who will send her one back.  She is then going to exhibit the ones she receives in January 2009.  I considered taking part in the first round of postcards but got there when there were only a few left.  But, to my delight, she produced round two recently so I snapped one up!

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t take a photo of my postcard before I sent it but it is one of my spirals series, of which some  are for sale in my Etsy Shop.    But here is Susan’s:

Susan Lenz postcard CyberFyber

And this is the back – some funky fabric on there!


The postcard is made from a larger piece of painted silk.  It’s gorgeous!


I have been busy over the last few weeks finishing some postcards for a postcard swap with Art2Mail.  There are 27 here (I think!).  Here is a tantalizing taster for the recipients:

pile of fabric postcards for swap 

I have also been installing a router for our wireless network – we have had a very temperamental, ancient system until now and I got fed up of getting cut off and having to go and tweak various adaptors.  The only problem is that now one of the computers the kids use, which still runs Windows 98, can’t connect.  So we are getting lots of complaints about being bored over this half term week…

On another note, the garden has still got some colour, despite it being nearly November.   Things don’t usually just grow for me, and when they do the slugs beat me to it, but I just stuck a few nasturtium seeds in last spring, and one of them is ENORMOUS!   It has grown and climbed from the patio across most of the width of the lawn and is still flowering.  I like to eat the nasturtium flowers.  I visited the restaurant at Garden Organic (which used to be called HDRA) a few years ago and they served various flowers in the salad and it gave me confidence to try some of them at home.  Nasturtium flowers have a nice peppery flavour.  Trouble is, I can’t manage to bring myself to pick many of these….

orange nasturtium flower

While I was pegging out washing the other day I moved the trampoline cover and underneath were these eggs – I assume insect or reptile eggs.  Anyone know what they are?   There were also a lot of slugs hoping to overwinter snugly under there as well!

unidentified insect eggs

A Landscape Postcard

I’m going to do a proper post on the making of these postcards, but just at present I’m experimenting with a different way of uploading photos to my blog because my current method is a bit cumbersome.

Here is one of the postcards I made a week or two ago:

landscape postcard

Meanwhile, during my blogsurfing yesterday (hmm, have I just made up another internet word, or just picked it up subliminally from some press article or other?!), I found this post by Lisa Call on how she dyes 60-100 yards of fabric in a few hours. It is more or less how I did it when I last did some dyeing, except that I used smaller pieces at a time – ie. by adding more fabric to the dyestuff successively to make paler shades of the same colour but Lisa has described it beautifully. Imagine – 60 to 100 YARDS!!!

I just checked her blog and she has another post about it – the second of a number of posts she is going to write about her process. I enjoy reading Lisa’s blog – she always has thought-provoking or informative posts.

New camera and filling the freezer!

I’ve been quiet this week because I’ve got a new toy… a Nikon Coolpix S6! And the first time I installed the software for it, it messed up my wireless settings on this computer so I had to do a system restore… The camera has a facility whereby you can download photos wirelessly if you get it set up right, but we’ve got a strange wireless network using Intel Anypoint and it doesn’t use the Windows Internet Sharing Software but has a quirky programme of its own, and its settings aren’t what Nikon wants them to be for the camera…. Agghh… So maybe I’ll just use the USB cable instead…

As a result of all that, I had to install the camera software separately – so far I’ve only installed the drivers, which enable me to continue using Picasa instead of PictureProject, which was supplied with the camera. So now I can either be adventurous and try and get the rest of it set up, or decide that the status quo is best and using the USB cord isn’t that onerous really…

All I can say is, hurray for System Restore!!

Back to last week… Here is a photo of the potatoes all cut and encased in clingfilm ready for printing. The kids loved it, though I was left wondering whether all that preparation and cleaning up was worth it just to let them splash paint around for 10 minutes!! The ones which worked best were the simple ones I cut with a knife – the lino print ones didn’t print too well. Too complicated…

potatoes cut ready for printing

On Tuesday I suddenly decided to make a huge pile of lasagne to put in the freezer. Well, I make the bolognaise sauce and then I make a pan full of cheese sauce – I’ve got this wonderful contraption called a sauce maker which heats and stirs the sauce for you so all you have to do is put in the ingredients and go away and wait. More or less. And then I put it all together in Tupperware containers with that lasagne that doesn’t need precooking…

Here’s the result. I had a couple of Tupperwares full of bolognaise sauce as well, plus a tub of macaroni cheese from the remains of the pasta from our lunch and the cheese sauce, which Barnabas polished off that evening when he came in cold and hungry from their rugby match (they lost…).

lots of tupperware containers full of spag bol and lasagne

Here’s one of the first photos I downloaded from the new camera. It’s a fresh bouquet garni waiting to be dropped into a stew…

fresh herbs tied together as a bouquet garni with cotton thread (well, I assume it was cotton cos polyester would've melted duh)

I finished the postcards, but I won’t post any pictures till the recipients have got them – don’t want to spoil any surprises! As usual, I got carried away and made more than I needed, so if anyone out there with a blog would like to swap one with me, email me and we’ll get together! Then we can post them on each other’s blogs… Anyone want to play?!

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