Cutting and laying silk strips.

And so the making continues, interrupted only by cups of tea and chats with Dad who has been set to work mending the hen-house. You see our hens are undoubtedly laying but we have no idea where. Not for want of looking. In fact, whenever small children come to the house I excitedly suggest we go on a hen hunt. They’re little faces light up as they consider the crunch of a chocolate bunny or the gleaming foil of a peek a boo egg. They soon tire and look dejected when they realise , at best they’ll get a boiled egg and, more than likely nothing after looking behind every hedgerow, under every tyre and inside every dirty bucket.

So Dad is mending the hen-house with the intention that we lock in the hens at night and only let them out when the have graced us with an egg! So Pru, Aggi, Samantha, Deirdre and Stacey had better brace themselves for confinement and a modicum of discipline!

Anyhow…here’s what I’ve been making

layering up silks for the dogwood blind.

I asked Dad’s opinion. He told me that I had better introduce a branch or a leaf or two otherwise it just looks like criss- crossing train tracks. (mental note: Bleedin’ MEN and their practical minds). He had a point though.

Cue the dye pots to colour the silk leaf green.
leaves and twigs introduced.

Tomorrow, I sew!

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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