Some people spend their money on clothes, and strive to be fashionistas, some buy CD’s and enjoy their music, some indulge in fine dining or theatre……..for me, country living allows one to be a bit feral, so my spare pennies usually go on books and supplies related to my passion for textiles and stitch. These books arrived today, and promise hours of investigation, inspiration and entertainment. The first two are newly published in the UK by d4daisy Books and those who ordered prior to their release were eligible for a giveaway by the authors – I was lucky enough to receive a post card made by Linda Monk, aka Purple Missus , using the gesso and ink techniques featured in her book. Maggie Grey’s book is absolutely full of glorious photos of her work, and easy ways of creating surfaces using layers with an emphasis on re-using and recycling. One piece features text – comments left on her own blog, and I was delighted to be able to identify mine amongst the many others.
This next book was bought on a whim……..it looked interesting, and it certainly is. The author creates mostly small scale art quilts using different white or pale coloured fabrics of different weights, and then dyes them when they are completed. There is a comprehensive chapter on dyeing techniques and colour mixing, using procion dyes, and a gallery of photos of completed works by herself and other textile artists. She also explores the possibilities of manipulating fabrics by distortion and shrinkage, resulting in wonderful textured pieces that may be further embellished if desired. The book basically outlines the author’s innovative works, and encourages the reader to try them, but to continue to explore and experiment.
There was a very heavy frost last night, with temperatures well below zero, so the garden looked like something from a Disney fairytale when I ventured out this morning. Some close-ups to show you.