I only wish our road to the croft was this straight.

Our long-awaited building materials for the agricultural barn landed in Duncan MacGregor’s field while Yorick and I waxed lyrical about applique  in Paris. We did ask the hauliers to wait until our return but alas, instruction blew softly into one ear and swiftly out the other as seems so often to be the case with this particular crew. Fortunately D. MacGregor is being most gracious and is allowing the load to stay put until access issues move forward. In the meantime I take advantage of their ordered aesthetic to provide a bit of light relief and inspiration. I’m seeing quilts personally.



Wood ends...and they really do come this colour, how green is that?
Peek a boo


I spent the afternoon attending to designs for a potential blind commission. This gave me the opportunity to attempt a “Dog Rose” in stitch.


Dog Rose in a tungsten glow

It is a most unsettling sensation when I find myself doing the very things which, as a teenager I so derided my mum for. In her later years mum became fascinated with botanical drawing. She was, however, mildly rebellious in her brush strokes…never one to follow rules, least of all the pernickity detailing of the true botanical draughtsman. I however, in my argumentative art college years, wished she would be more gung-ho, more abrasive, more big and bold. Look at me now, admiring the turn of a tender petal, detailing a slender stamen. Well within my comfort zone and well without my internal rebel. At least I don’t have a testy teenage daughter to rub salt into the wound.


Blind proposal Pack
Not so tame. Flowers by Marjorie Campbell






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 “Where is my rebel?

  1. Good to be catching up with your blogs Sarah. Love the Marjorie flowers. Thanks so much for the delivery of my solar panel. Husband is well impressed.xxx

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