The berries have now been devised and installed on cushions and a table runner. Too late to change my mind now but I don’t want to. I’m liking them!

Firstly I had to die some habotai silk red. Extricated the rusty red die tins from the leaking shed, I mean REALLY leaking because this morning the heavens opened in grandest style and dropped an almighty load on the island. Dieing was fairly straightforward: bowl and a kettle and a scoosh of very posh balsamic vinegar (all I could find) and abracadabra…red silk.

 Honestly...it is died silk not murder in a steam room.
Honestly...it is died silk not murder in a steam room.

I cut out the discs of habotai silk and spent far too long shifting them about the twig design trying to figure out the right positioning. I had originally planned to sew a single circle around the inside of the disk as in the leaf design but this didn’t look good…so machine embroidered spirals were tried and worked. All colourways completed and then an age was spent trying to figure out the best approach to table runners. This designing business does take time, but it’s satisfying.

I think I’m going to approach Ikea. I think they might like my work. I have a hunch one of their designers already takes sneaky peaks at the web site. I like the idea of being able to make a range which could be available to lots of people at a low price, but as a sole maker I just can’t make that happen. I wonder how I should go about approaching them?

Oh…by the way. Yorick is stranded on the mainland…no ferries since 2pm!

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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

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