Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Dying wool, patchwork finished and home cooking.

I have managed to do a bit more dying of wool amongst other things!

Below is 'Jaquard' acid dye in yellow sun.

Quite unexpected, but this is 'Jaquard' acid dye in chartreuse.
A poster paint green!

I have finished the small hooked wallhanging- or it will hang when I finish the back!

The blue and red really sing together don't they?
A rather large work in progress actually got finished- my very basic patchwork throw.

A certain furry friend took up residence on it.

It finally found a place on the sofa to hide a multitude of muddy paws!

When I was younger a Saturday like today would be spent shopping in the main town.
I prefer these days to spend time catching up on jobs.We live in a town so popping to the shops is a speedy affair.
I have managed today to get some cooking done as well as foraging (love that word) for Elderflowers.
I didn't know they existed in a field where I go blackberrying-but I saw them this morning and in a beam of light sort of moment saw they were laden with flowers!
They are hidden under the covered bowl soaking in syrup!
I also managed to make some rolls, rockcakes and two mincemeat tarts ( scrappy but tasty!)
What is your favourite things to do at the weekend?
Speaking of which have a good weekend!
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Apologies -again- for long gaps between posts.
I get caught up in other work and house stuff, as we all do!
I have managed to do some more work though. He's a few pictures of raggy goings on.

I have finished the 'Moon and Bird'.

My favourite part was the -moon and bird.

My hubby commented that it reminded him of an ancient carpet he saw on a t.v. programme.
I saw a clip from it. The carpet was said to be the oldest representation of Mary Magdelene, it also showed Jesus and other figures (all open to interpretation of course).
I loved the simple representations of the figures in what seemed to be little boats.
It inspired a small rag rug idea.

Not quite finished yet, but I really like the bold shapes.

I have also nearly finished another small piece.

A rather wobbly Orla Kiely inspired mug.

Hope you are all having a good day!
Bye for now.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Dyeing to do more hooking!

My hooking continues!

Another folky design is developing.

I was saying to Lynne that I'm enjoying finding out how the patterned fabric looks hooked. Above is an example of me ol' leggins getting the chop.
To me the hooked loops are like blobs of multicolour paint.

I found the face hard to do, I tried doing the lines first,but that didn't work so I covered the shape with the grey first and pushed the blue through last.

The back is always interesting.
My picture needed a night sky to go with my moon.
I didn't have any dark blue,and I couldn't find any in the charity shops.
So I decided to get some acid dyes to dye my 100% wool fabric I already had.
I watched a few you tube films to see what I needed, and luckily my local craft shop Painters in Liskeard had lots of dyes.

I went for the Jaquard acid dye in Saphire Blue. I also used citric acid as the fixative (could have used vinegar).

Fabrics above before.

Being washed.

I added a level teaspoon of the dye and a level teaspoon of the citric acid to boiling water, I then added it to the pot and filled it about half way with hot water.
I then added the fabric and bought it to the boil, then covered and simmered for 30 mins.
Wet sheep smell everywhere!

The dye was really easy and sucked up most of the colour,so no waste there!
The picture above shows the first rinse!

The lower checked one went in 15 mins after the other, so didn't get much dye.
Luckily it was warm enough to dry outside.
Below are the results.

Above and below shows before and after.

This is what I wanted it for!

A night sky.

Here's where I have got to so far.
So if you don't have a colour you want, why not try and dye your own.
Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Fowey Festival Art Trail.

We spent a lovely day last week visiting a couple of open studios in Fowey Cornwall.
It is part of the Fowey Festival of words and music 9-16th May 2015.
I LOVE open studios where you get to meet, talk to the artists and see  where they work.
We saw some lovely work by Julia and Jane Cooper who's beautiful house and garden overlook the sea.
It's a great way to see how a painting will look in a domestic setting.

We also saw potter Barry Marshall-Johnson  who uses some very local clays and slips for his pottery, and the painter Catherine O'Reilly who had lots of figurative work.

Some wonderful willow work by Sian Hill

We were blessed with beautiful weather.

Finally we visited Sara Owen who was right on the water.Her work was really beautiful.
I'll be looking forward to visiting again next year, and hopefully we'll fit more artists in!
If you're in the area,pop to Fowey for a spot of tea, there are lots of independent shops and some FANTASTIC views too.
Have a good week Bye for now.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Folk Art.

A little update on my rug picture. It's finished!

My little folk painting is also finished (I think).
From this

To this.

It has been cold, wet and windy here. The occasional ray of sun gets through.
I'm hopeful for some more good weather soon.
Byee for now, Fliss x.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Creative hand, let the spirit take flight.

A few piccys of my latest rag picture.
I have kept sketchbooks for years, filled with things and ideas that fly around my head.
Often the same images recur, two of which are hands (the creative hand) and birds (from which the spirit takes flight). 

I love the primitive type images.

I have also started a few paintings which I wanted to try. Some with a folk art influence and
others about Cornwall.

What better way to spend a sunny day!

Happy creating!

Thursday, 16 April 2015


One of my favourite spots (so far) in Cornwall is the orchard at Cotehele, a National Trust house.
On a sunny day it has to be a piece of heaven on earth.

The trees support a large amount of mistletoe.

They are remodelling this part of the garden.

Hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are!
Bye for now.

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