Sunday, 28 April 2019

Shibori Indigo Dyeing....

28th April 2019

Had a very busy and productive week....

...made 2 dresses for my granddaughter...



....made a dress for myself....


....I tied it up ready for Indigo dyeing....




......result, front...


...back....


....I couldn't remove the marks from my linen shirt so...



....stitched the pockets and wrapped marbles...


...pulled the stitching really tight...


....result, front...



....back...


...quite pleased with my original items...


.....made a fabric collage using odd pieces of my hand dyed fabrics and printing samples for a wall hanging, just needs Kantha stitch...


....and made a cushion using jumbo cord fabric I dyed a while ago.


A good week!!!


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Azalea and Rhodadendron in The Isabella Plantation within Richmond Park

25th April 2019

I went with a couple of friends to the Isabella Plantation within Richmond Park this morning and it was totally amazing........


.....beautiful, vibrant colours everywhere.....



.....carpets of bluebells....


.....ferns unfurling....






....carpet of petals...













....tall grasses swaying in the breeze....



.....quite a few Mandarin ducks....


.....streams and ponds...





...interesting trees...



.....unusual stepping stones....


.....this is a 'Handkerchief Tree' so very beautiful with very delicate flowers where the petals resemble very white delicate leaves....


....just two petals with a dark seed head in the middle....



....under the tree it looked as though paper tissues had been dropped!


Apparently these trees are quite rare in this country according to the gardener who was working nearby.

A wonderful way to start the day, must definitely go back in a couple of weeks to see more bushes in flower.




Wednesday, 24 April 2019

DIOR at the V&A...

24th April 2019

Yesterday I spent a very pleasant few hours at the Dior Exhibition at the V&A, it was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!

Some photos taken in weird lighting to give you a flavour......





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Just a few of Galliano's designs.....












This is just a small sample of the exhibition!!!







The flowers on this dress were all handprinted silk, so beautiful....






....gold thread embroidery and beads, so many hours of skilled work involved....


....I LOVED this dress....





....embroidered with gold thread and Swarskov glass beads, stunning!




....one of the final displays using tiny model samples of dresses in the exhibition.




I really wish I had taken more photos! By the end of the exhibition I could recognise the outrageous but beautifully imaginative creations of Galliano and I loved all the designs by Chiuri, so feminine and exquisite with wonderful detail and mostly constructed from silk.

Hope to see the Mary Quant exhibition before too long.....