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Beautiful clematis in Bodnant Garden

After spending so much time on the Bodnant Garden Commission, I thought it would be really good to start on some new, fresh work. I really wanted to make a new flower textile art picture being inspired by one of my photographs. The subject matter of the above photograph looked just right for a combination of thickened dye and stitch.

My starting point as usual was soaking a piece of cotton sheet in soda wash which would then aid the setting of the thickened dyes onto the fabric. Once this fabric had dried and been ironed, I then draw my design in HB Pencil using a couple of my photographs as inspiration to make a larger design.


HB Pencil drawing

Now to painting!! Using Procion MX dye mixed with differing amounts of dye thickener, I started painting the lightest colours first. The more thickener added to the dye makes the colour lighter and more transparent in appearance.



Image 1

Adding green dye and before adding the background


Finished wet dye work before setting

After setting the dye, the picture has to dry…usually on my washing line and will probably look a lot lighter, which means adding more dye!


That’s how far I have got for the time being…I will show more in the next blog.






Background details painted with dyes sewn and finished…now to the rest!

I have been progressing with my work for our local Embroiderer’s Guild Project that will be exhibited within the beautiful National Trust Bodnant Garden at the end of August and start of September. I am working on a massive 8 ft long sheet that will be hung inside the Pin mill, using my usual technique of painting with thickened Procion MX dyes and adding extra stitching for emphasis. I have found it easier to use smaller pieces of cotton sheet to actually paint on before cutting out the foxgloves and sewing them to the main sheet with the Pin Mill on.



Foxgloves painted with thickened dyes before being cut out and added to the main picture.

Watch this space for further development….only have 3 weeks to get it all done!!



Very pleased to say that our Embroiderer’s Guild / National Trust Bodnant Garden Project is going along well. It is early days, but all our design plans have been approved by the garden and have been given the go ahead to be made. The above image shows my design plan, with foxgloves in front of the Bodnant Garden’s Pin Mill. I hope to make this into a large textile banner made from a cotton sheet with a calico backing, hand painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery. More layers of flowers will be attached getting larger in scale, nearer to the front of the banner.

The final exhibition will be held throughout the garden the last week in August and first two weeks in September. Updates to come!

Down in the glen

Down in the glen

View in the woods

View in the woods

autumn light

autumn light

Here are three photographs (out of many!!) I took recently whilst out visiting Bodnant Gardens in North Wales. This National Trust garden is beautiful at all times of the year and also very tranquil and peaceful. The gardens are now shut until next March.

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