Last night I was burning the midnight oil responding to a series of questions fired upon me by Home Plus Scotland magazine. They want to feature my blog in some addition next year and the whole event got me thinking about how, when and why I blog…or not as has been my recent guilty pleasure. No, I realised how much I missed the whole business of a) writing and b) communicating. How, in actual fact…blogging is maybe my way of processing work, ideas…sensing the world outside the mud and marvel of Lismore. It is, however an exercise and just in the same way as jogging can provide immense exhilaration and well-being,  it is also very easy to abandon.

Anyhow…enough of that. I am  presently revisiting an old friend.

Wisteria 2. Cut and ready to roll.

An old friend who provided me with about as much stress as that impressed upon a sock in a mangle. Yes…welcome back Wisteria blind. I’m not going to re tell the sorry saga of the above blinds parent but you can read all about it in . So I have been given the wonderful opportunity to create wisteria offspring, six to be exact, as well as a sequoia blind and an elephant wheel blind.

sewing the pine needles on the sequoia.

However, this time the blinds are not quite the size of  an articulated lorry and can be worked prior to lamination, Phew, and are proving a thrill and joy.

Sequoia on a roll with the others, waiting to head down south for lamination and mechanism.

I know that you are still pondering “elephant wheel”. Yes, I did too until Mia sent me a picture of a beautiful, weathered, wooden wheel thing which was to inspire one of the passageway blinds. This gave me the opportunity to explore the concept of a single, moon/sun like circle on a blind and various samples were stitched up and sent off for Mias’ consideration. She and I both loved the circle of silk wedged between the blind fabric and laminate, stitched with random rotating lines, creating an effect a bit like a nest.

Stitched lines on the surface

However, it’s all very well whizzing a small, sample sized piece of wool round and around on a sewing machine. But I suspect a two and a half metre bolt of cloth will provide a whole host of delightful challenges. Watch this space!

A couple of pics of armies of birdies

about to migrate to Brighton

and flotillas of fish:

Thankfully now gone!

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

3 replies on “Back again

  1. Hooray, you’re back! I’ve missed your blog Sarah and your beautiful work which always inspires a sort of peacefulness in me (if that makes any sense?). It taps into my love of nature and the countryside and offers a little oasis of calm in the delicate stitching. I also love the fact that you tell us about the processesbehind the work with such honesty. Know what you mean about the blog/exercise thing though. I miss writing mine when i leave it for a bit, but the leap it takes to get going again is huge! x

  2. I’m so happy to see you’re back! I’ve been wondering where my Scottish friend was 🙂 I feel exactly the same way about blogging. Once you start slipping, it’s so easy to just not post. But when you do post, and you engage in that community (at least that’s what blogging is for me, and it sounds like you agree), it’s so addicting! I love the stitches on your sequoia. And that elephant wheel is beautiful. Nest was the first thing I thought of!

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