Following a blip, hiccup, call it what you like, middle of last year I threw loads (which I bitterly regret) and gave the rest away (which I'm quite happy with) of my samples and finished pieces only to have a complete turnaround and decide that I do need them after all.
So I have been putting off the inevitable of re-making lots of them, thinking it would be so boring, time consuming, soul destroying.
But it hasn't been. Not at all. I am really enjoying myself discovering these techniques all over again. Even to the point where I am beginning to get that 'why don't I / what if....' feeling.
For the last couple of days I have been making tissue paper folded pocket books. These are some of the pieces ready to finish.
This one is mustard and Indigo navy procion dye.
As they are they don't really look anything special but once folded always look completely different.
They have all been coated with Acrylic Wax and just need stitching around the edges, folding and embellishments added to the front.
I have also been finding time to play with my heat press. It works a dream with disperse dyes, so much quicker, easier and a lot better finish than an iron.
This print has been transferred on to Evolon that had previously been rusted - as you can see from the top half of the photograph.
I can get at least four really good transfers from one print before it starts to fade - and it only takes 25 seconds to do this. I'm amazed!
I have also been spending far too much time on the internet - the holiday pages. We have a big decision to make for 2016. Because DH has worked for the same company for over 45 years they have decided to reward him with a holiday of a lifetime for the two of us.(I sometimes feel that I have worked for the company that long too!!!)
Is it going to be a month in Australia, a month in the USA, maybe a tour around the major European cities or...?
My daughter has suggested that we get booked into a really posh hotel in this country for two weeks during the summer holidays then all the children and grandchildren can come too.
Hmmm, maybe not...