Monday, August 18, 2008

Green Muse

Haven't been able to make books lately, haven't been able to find the Muse. But my Simon's Rebecca is having a Green Party for her 20th, and that inspired me.

It's hard to see, but the cover is crayon rubbed over some stamps I made from card and string, then treated with gladwrap and dye. (Wet the paper, drop on lots of dye - probably not more that 2 or three colours, here I used just the one. Then spread cling wrap half as big again over the entire paper and scrunch up, pushing till all the paper is covered and there are lots of creases. Leave until completely dry before removing the cling wrap.)

The stamps are of 'rubber ducky' style ducks, which Bex collects, and I also stamped some randomly on the pages throughout the book.

It's lush, it's a sweet hint of spring, it's not only her favourite colour - it's mine too, and I don't really want to give this one away! Still I can make myself another, I guess.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Felted bag

I finally finished a pair of knitted and felted slippers for Jeff - AND a knitted and felted handbag for me!

The handles are pretty even - they just don't look like it in the photo!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Green Glass and Daffodils

Despite a thick, hand knitted beanie
a chill wind bites my ears.
I pick a bunch of daffodils
to put in the green Italian glass
on the kitchen window sill.

The same glass held daffodils
bought every Friday
thirty two springs ago
at the stall outside
Richmond tube station.

Homesick in London,
for my mother’s
antipodean garden.