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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.





Above shows the Foxglove Wall Hanging that I proudly had on display during August and September this year (2016) in the Pin Mill at the National Trust Bodnant Gardens. Along with twenty other ladies from my local Embroiderers Guild Group (North Wales), we had our work displayed throughout the garden, mostly hanging from the trees in the wind and the rain that was quite prevalent during that period!! My wall hanging  was protected from the weather inside the Pin Mill, so I didn’t have to worry so much about the weather!


The Pin Mill in Bodnant Garden…


My textile wall hanging on show on the back wall of the Pin Mill

I had a lot of admiration for my work, where many people thought that it was just a painting, but in fact it was hand painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery, with the individual foxgloves attached with stitching onto the 8ft long cotton sheet.


Individual flower painted with dye and before cutting out and attaching on the main piece.


Close up of attaching individual foxgloves to the backing sheet.

The whole exhibition was made in relation to the one hundred year celebration of the garden designer Capability Brown. Although, Bodnant was not one of his creations, it was decided by our group that the garden would be an excellent and suitable location to showcase our work.

Here are some of the other beautiful exhibits shown in the Exhibition.


Moya McCarthy’s free machine embroidered flowers displayed in the Boat Hut


Beryl Trimby’s felt wild flower hanging also in the Pin Mill


Pamela Headon’s Four Seasons’ woven hangings displayed in the Alder trees


Katie Robinson’s ‘Magnolia’ displayed in the Alder Trees



A number of different exhibitors banners also in the Alder Trees

Hopefully, we will be exhibiting our work in other places in the future and also carry out further work with Bodnant Garden, as this was such a very interesting and enjoyable project to do.