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Another in the Edlyn series

I can’t always put my finger on why I choose certain colours for a scarf, but after painting three muted scarves in the Edlyn series, I felt the need for something a touch more brash. After drawing out the basic … Continue reading

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St Edmund’s, Southwold. Revisiting Rood Screens, Suffolk VI – An unexpected offshoot!

Sometimes I stick quite closely to my source inspiration as with the first two of my recent Edlyn series of silk scarves. Picking a panel and details from one of the panels of the St Edmund’s rood screen and working … Continue reading

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St Edmund’s, Southwold. Revisiting Rood Screens Suffolk V – Working from ‘David with harp’

Here is another of my Edlyn series. Working with the same design, but this time choosing colours from another panel. I rather liked the melancholy of the ‘David with harp’ panel and I thought the blues, the very pale grey, and … Continue reading

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St Edmund’s, Southwold. Revisiting Rood Screens Suffolk IV – finishing the first Edlyn

When I last posted about my Edlyn series I had just begun painting the first Edlyn scarf. With continual reference to my photograph of the Isaiah panel of the rood screen, I began selecting my colour combinations and mixing up … Continue reading

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Layering – Part III – Darker Backgrounds

In the third and final part of my series about painting layers on silk I have turned my attention to the challenges of starting with darker backgrounds. This is a design that I have painted in more than one colourway. … Continue reading

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Layering – Part II

In a recent post I uploaded photographs of the layering process. I used green dyes for the new top layer on a square silk twill scarf. Here, is another combination of colours on the same original coloured background, but this time on … Continue reading

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Layering – Part I

It is time for changing two or three older pieces of work that haven’t sold. I am happy to say that overpainting previously painted and steamed silk can give some very pleasing results. Here a (boring) pale cream, lilac and … Continue reading

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Working up a fennel/morning glory design

Change of season and change of mood and I’m feeling like working stripes into my more floral scarf designs. Looking at Mother Nature’s versions of decorative streaks has given me a good place to start. Some variations of Morning Glory have been … Continue reading

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Returning to a bird theme

Just added to my online shop another flat silk crepe silk square working with a stork motif placed within a stained glass window frame. Since I last worked with a stork motif it has greatly changed. Somehow it’s reduced in size … Continue reading

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Looking for contrasts, looking for inspiration

You may have noticed I like pink and I like flowers, so naturally I have painted quite a few scarves inspired by pink flowers. However, sometimes when nature is doing it so well I feel intimidated by her perfection and … Continue reading

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Minimising waste – reusing and upcycling

I’m just embarking on another longer term project with the aim of making use of the silk offcuts that I’ve collected over the years. Not all the scraps are the colours I want for this new textile hanging, so I’ve been … Continue reading

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