This morning the weather was so scummy that I had to request a lift to the studio rather than face the  elements on my bike. This was tricky as I have a pride thing about cycling through hail, horizontal rain and gales. However, hurricane was a meteorological step too far. Yorick was with me when I entered the studio to find the front room door flat on the deck with the glass shattered. The rot in the wood must have finally succumbed to the wind and splat…down it went leaving a great windy hole in its wake and a lot of wet on my sewing table.  Fortunately the weather did not land on Mia’s blinds which were layed out on the cutting table. Yorick drove straight back home and reappeared half an hour later with chip board which was attached where there had once been a view. Not lovely…but dry.

So, after the drama had subsided I was able to approach the sun, web, nest blind (haven’t figured out a name yet).

Back of the sun blind with disc of organza bonded to the wool

 I’ve been fretting a bit about this blind. Main concern being that the many lines of stitching would play havoc with the tension and draw the fabric in to something like smocking. So I resolved to take it slow and snip the excess threads at regular intervals since they are the main tension culprit.

Nest stitching starting to take shape

The wonder of wool… a bit of heat and a touch of steam and it will flatten like bugs bunny under a bulldozer. I love it.

Light is getting low

I have now completed the nest and increased it in size however the light was so gloomy that a pic was impossible. I’ll take one tomorrow for you.

x 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

3 replies on “Sun Blind

  1. Hi Sarah. Interesting about the excess threads being the main cause of tension problems. i hadn’t thought of that. beautiful work as ever. I feel for you about arriving to find the door gone; my studio has the ability to leak now and again, but I never know when as it seems to depend on wind direction! x

  2. I can’t believe the weather you’re describing!! I’m glad your blinds weren’t affected, how lucky. What a shock, too, to get to your studio and not have to open the door 😦 I hope you guys are able to fix it quickly!

  3. Only recently found your blog. Love your work, words and photos. From the other side of the world it’s all fascinating. Please, can you tell us about your wedding? I was really looking forward to hearing about it and you stopped writing! I do hope it went well.

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