Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Signs of Spring

Almond blossoms in my garden,
 petals strewn right to my studio door,
I always delight in this royal "carpet"!
- the blossoms don't last very long,
but I admire them while they are here.

A very nice retired couple are the new "mum & dad" to Karley. I am missing her! She is enjoying her royal retirement, - 2 people to get pats from, drives in the car !!! holidays and bush walks...
and apparently judging from first new photo - a hair cut (!) - it's a funny old world!

Getting on with weaving,

my solace :-)

so lucky to have a studio to come to
and work in.
I'm happy with my progress.

I use recycled hand spun Sari Silk for the shape above the orange flowers.

The Recycled Sari Silk (top left) has such vibrant colours, -
but to my surprise, woven in, it appears rather dark.
The "fuzzy" yarn is a green colour.
I feel it fits well, even though the area seems dark.

Here I used a lacy variegated ribbon for the triangle shapes, there are three different ribbons, one with a light brown, the other with golden yellow, the third with green.The back ground is hand spun and hand dyed variegated wool - Earth Palette Dye.

I find it difficult to get the colours quite right in the photos, - it might be the winter light.

By now I would have had my new guide dog, but it didn't quite turn out that way. There are apparently different styles of training (depending on the school and view of the instructor) and the one I got, did not work for me at all. I stopped my training last week. So, for the time being we are trying to work something out, but I have no idea yet as to how we will proceed. Good things take time ..(drat!)

I had a small disaster with my jumper. Knitted all the neckline of the front part to find that with the bulky wool, the stitches to pick up for the neck band had got too big! First time I am knitting a bulky jumper. After un-ravelling, I am back to try again.

Here is a cheery Dandilion,
they make good dyestuff too...

Happy weaving, knitting, crafting -
and good recovery and happy playing with new puppy to Tikarma,

until next time :-)


Debbie said...

Love the way your tapestry is growing. I had trouble using sari silk, I found it unravelled itself when your're weaving with it but it looks great.

kaiteM said...

I'm very sad to read that you are dog-less, it must be very difficult for you. I hope things work out for you soon.
Meanwhile, your tapestry is looking wonderful, i often come here just to admire your work.

Michelle said...

Awww, lovely to see that Karley has a new home, but yes you must miss her!! Hopefully you have a new little friend soon ;)

Your new tapestry looks awesome - love the different textures!

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hello Debbie, thanks for your comment! That happened to me too (the silk un-ravelling when weaving with it) the solution is to use the yarn from the other end - start winding on the end you were weaving with and then weave from the other end.
Hi Kaite, thanks for visiting, and I'm glad you like my work!
Hi Michelle, thanks for commenting and your nice wish for me!
Yes, I love playing with textures!

I will know tomorrow afternoon what will happen re new guide dog, thank you all for caring!

Mary said...

Hi Vera,
I am sad for you too but hope that Karly is happy - and the retired couple too. Hope the new dog comes soon and works out for you.
I also like your tapestry and the way you play with textures. Very inspiring.

Christine said...

love love love your weaving. The colours and especially the textures all speak to me ... wish I could see it in person to truly appreciate it.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Mary,
Yes, I think it has been very lucky for Karley to find such loving and caring people, she seems very happy and that is a comfort to me too! Glad you like how my weaving is coming along.

Hi Christine,
Glad you like my weaving! You are very welcome to see for yourself if you come to Adelaide.
One never knows, maybe one day! I think a photo never quite manages to bring out the effects of the woven cloth, or the subtle changes in colour when the light changes...

Happy weaving!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mum,

So sorry it has taken me long to respond to your lovely blogs. I'm so glad you were able to find such a nice couple for Karley where she has a good home and good life. It is so hard to make these decisions but you've done so well with all the stree surrounding you and now a light with Yeva and Spring and return to weaving. :-) It looks like you are back on the good rollercoaster ride now. :-)
Thank you for the well wishes. The recovery has been slow especially with puppy to care for but I'm starting to manage I think. :-)

Happy weaving and may many good days of sunshine be with you.

With love

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Tikarma, Thank you for taking the time to catch up on my blogs, it is very nice of you! Thanks for your good wishes too! with Love xOx Mum