Latest blind for Kingairloch...not laminated or mechanised yet!
Latest blind for Kingairloch...not laminated or mechanised yet!

I didn’t arrive at the studio until at least 2:30 today. The morning was consumed with an activity sandwich…Bottom slice –  important phone call with lawyer. Filling -picking an abundance of out of control mint from the front garden and as many first fall apples as I could find with the intention of making mint jelly and I did make a banana cake. Top slice – meeting and discussing grants with the crofting adviser. I then cycled to the studio in scintillating sunshine, stopped briefly to check up on the children playing in the loch and managed to wriggle out of their pleads for me to swim on the basis that my stretch marks, grubby nickers and torn bra may put them off procreation for life.

Oatmeal fabric finally arrived enabling me to push on with the last three blinds. Davey courier, last seen under a pile of toppled logs has finaly recuperated enough to deliver again. I spotted a slight limp though.

Devil’s-bit scabious. What a bizarre name for a plant. How on earth did it come to acquire such a title? This is a  wild flower which peppers our meadows in August. It’s purply blue pom poms float like fat fairies among the green grasses.

I decided this was the plant that would work with the tartan strip which has a bluey, lilac, purple line. The original brief was for pink sea weed or heather, neither of which I could visualize in a blind format so DBS got the job. I’m pleased with it.

The devil's in the detail
The devil's in the detail
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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 “Devil’s-bit scabious

  1. So much to comment on here Sarah. Firstly, thank you as I wondered what those flowers were called. Cornwall is full of them poking out of the granite hedgerows and I thought they were a type of scabious.

    And finally, your work as ever leaves me breathless. Just so beautiful x
    I am making a banana loaf and mint jelly here today too! Coincidences, eh?

  2. Your lines are such a pleasure to look at. I love wildflowers, partly for their crazy names. Partly because they are a bit of wild, untamed beauty. You’re right, it’s completely at home with that strip of tartan. Amazing, as usual, Sarah.

  3. So good to read you again Sarah. I am inspired and my breath is taken away at the same time.I love the surprise I get as I open your blog. I say to myself she just gets better and better.

  4. Lovely Sarah – you are expanding and creating beautiful things! And I love the procreation-bit too! Good to see you are just as infrequent blogging as me. Lotsoflove Eva

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