Oh oh… Big gales forecast for tomorrow AND Friday. I can hear the wind hurtling in form the west, moaning and sometimes howling and battering the roof slates, limbering up for the full, unadulterated rammy! An air of apprehension and excitement as to what force nature will throw at us tomorrow and how we may have to alter plans to adapt to it’s unpredictable temperament. Yorick MAY go to work on the mainland if the ferry runs but will take his sleeping bag in case he can’t return, Ruben felt very sick on the big boat on Monday and that was just a mediocre swell, will he endure the sea gales tomorrow for a day’s veterinary experience? I wonder!

I  however, will one way or another venture to the studio to complete one of each design ordered by eco motives. Fabric arrived yesterday, thank god, so work could proceed today.

Delicious tweed
Delicious tweed

First things first! My sewing machine was becoming increasingly rattly and I know that sound. It is the sound of congealed fluff in the system and right enough, when I opened the hatch it looked a little as though the contents of a hoover had been rammed in to the works. Out with the paint brush and oil and in with avengance. It’s now purring like a happy cat again. Miaow!

Fluff wars
Fluff wars

My original plan for today was to finalise the berry design but that involves dyeing habotai silk and I’d left my dies in the shed back home. Bum!!

So I pushed on with the other cushions, designing certain aspects of their structure as I made. I’m realising that my understanding of what will and won’t work with fabric and design has grown with experience and I’m able to apply ideas with a little less trial and error. I wanted there to be an element of 3 dimensionality and structure to these cushions so I have ribbed the side panels. I want it to look a bit like a tree trunk, but nothing too fussy and (let’s get real) time consuming.

Front of the twig and leaf cushion
Front of the twig and leaf cushion
Cushions on the scabby seat.
Cushions on the scabby seat.

Tomorrow I WILL finalise the berry design and I’m well looking forward to making my first tea and coffee cosy. Stay tuned!

OK…for the benefit of NOTS customer I’m going to throw in a few pics of her moss nest brooch which was sent out today!

Threads and fabric for the Moss nest brooch
Threads and fabric for the Moss nest brooch
Nest sewn, buttons to be added
Nest sewn, buttons to be added
Done!
Done!

See you tomorrow

xx Sarah

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Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

4 replies on “Storm in a teacup.

  1. My Bernina is just back from a service and I got a bit of a row for the amount of fluff – the shop owner said it reminded him of his daughter’s machine which he disowns when it comes in for repair (ooops). He sent me a can of compressed air to blast out the wool fluff EVERY 2 DAYS.
    I was meant to clean it out every 8 hours of sewing seemingly – not every few weeks.
    As I say – ooops.
    I love the lime green of that felt.
    J x

  2. When my sewing machine repair man called round he had a dinky little vacuum cleaner with a tiny nozzle….my ‘old’ machine had what resembled a small kitten underneath the bobbin case.

    The other thing he recommended was silicone spray which I already had although never used on my machine.

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