Monday, 24 April 2017

The colours of Spring are everywhere.....and clearly they must be influencing my dyeing sessions!   Although, to be honest, as I am sure some of you may be aware, I always tend to go for bright, happy colours.  Maybe one day I'll discipline myself to sober down a bit.....but aren't the flowers absolutely gorgeous?  I took these photos during this last week....and I guess they'll keep me going through next winter.  Talking about winter, the temperature is dropping today which is a  bit of a shock because we really have had some lovely warm weather recently.  As ever, I have been weaving and sent a scarf off across the Pond this week.  Also I have just started sewing up a jacket, and....started weaving another!! Keeps me happy and busy.  Having said that, Ive been a bit fed up this week as Ive had my third cold in as many months!  I couldn't
 believe it when I got yet another sore throat.  Ugh...but I am beginning to feel slightly more human again, and in the grand scheme of things, a cold isn't that bad ......have a good week everyone x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

We had a great time at Disneyland and the weather was fabulous.  I enjoyed seeking out the beautiful spots.......the park itself is so attractive but my guess is, most people miss it!  Of course the rides and attractions are amazing but my favourite remains....Its A Small a few pics here!!   I could sit in that little boat cruising around the 'World"all day.  I did go on it three times (how sad is that!!) Anyway, we finally got home,  after having to sit and wait on the plane whilst they fixed a fault!!  Slightly nerve-wracking - but we made it. Its always good to get home, and today Ive been back at the loom and finished another scarf.  Ive also been working on the paperback edition of Fibrefrenzi Artweave.  I'm so excited to actually get my hands on it!   Spring is now well and truly here and it is a daily joy to be outside, hearing the birdsong and breathing in the sunlight.....have a good week everyone and Happy Easter x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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Its been a glorious week with lots of warmth and sunshine....the weather is looking quite good for our trip to Eurodisney at the end of the week.  Some people think I' m a bit strange liking Disneyland - but I love the fun, magic and other worldliness of the Magic Kingdom....its so refreshing and great to see all the young ones enjoying themselves.  The food is always good too....and Im looking forward to our Buffalo Bill evening!!  Back to the present....well, I finished weaving the main body of the next coat and spent today jiggling things around, and then cutting it out.  I had about one centimetre to spare - I was so pleased to fit the main pieces on to my cloth.  I am limited to how much I can weave - my loom is 32" wide but there is considerable shrinkage after fulling.  As to the length - I am limited to the length of my bedroom ....because of my warping up method.  I suppose I could warp up in the garden !! Now I need to weave the sleeves (after another pre-ordered scarf).  In between my fibre pursuits I have had some lovely dog walks ...........Have a good week - Ill be back after Paris!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

I'm so happy that Spring has feels as though I am coming awake after the long, dark winter.  Today I took the photos of the beautiful flowers near to my home...don't they just make your spirits sing!!  Lots and lots of fresh green everywhere - so I had to include some fresh green fibre.  The green weaving is on the front of my e-book ;   Fibrefrenzi Artweave - available on Amazon books (which I am about to publish in paperback).....sales have been good - so I am super excited!  I have almost finished weaving the main body of another coat - which means I shall shortly be starting another scarf.  I have been weaving non-stop for two and half years now, and love it just as much as when I started.  I think I need to work on my art journal....I have been rather sluggish during the winter months.  I need the sunshine and warmth to inspire my creative must get going.  Although I am always looking for new inspiration, time and time again I come back to flowers.....however next week I'm off to Paris and in May I go to Venice - maybe some good inspiration in the pipeline! Have a good week!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Well....after a rather long break, I'm back.  I had some technical difficulties - but have finally got my act together, and worked them out. I go in to mild panic mode when anything remotely technological goes awol!  I seem to have spent a lot of time updating my Facebook page - but I am now back to blogging as well.  A lot has happened  recently - I have been selling scarves and coats (latest two pictured here) and I have just published an e-book on Amazon - its called  Fibrefrenzi Artweave.  I have so enjoyed writing it - I am now pursuing publishing a paperback edition.  I think I must be getting the writing bug because I am already thinking about my next book!  I continue to be obsessed with the whole process of producing art-to-wear garments from the sheeps fleece  I am so lucky to have such an absorbing interest ......I never seem to tire of it and of course the colour always inspires me and makes my heart sing!  Don't forget to take a look at my website: and you can find me, Alison Crosthwaite on Facebook.  Have a good week!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

I can't believe its so long since I last wrote my blog. I seem to spend much more time posting on Facebook....which I must say I find a very enriching experience. I have made contact with so many other textile enthusiasts, and have been fortunate enough to meet quite a lot of people in the flesh!!  I have continued to spin, dye and weave and generally enjoy myself.  Once again, I can clearly see how the seasons affect me.  I am not totally conscious of this, but I'm sure I wouldn't be weaving these colours in the spring!  Winter is indeed fast approaching and I have a squirrel-like stash of dyed fleece to keep me happy during the long, dark days.  Another project in my head is a fact I have actually started to write it - but as yet haven't found out much about publishing, either a hard copy or e-book.  It may be too high a mountain to climb - but I do like a challenge.  I'll keep you posted......

Monday, 26 September 2016

An amazing thing happened this week.  Some of you may remember my love affair with my local swan family....very sadly the cob and three cygnets have recently died.  I was so upset...that I decided to plan and make a coat in memory of them.  So I have been thinking 'swans'.........the other day I did a quick sketch of a flying swan.  Literally 2 minutes later I received a photo on my i phone, sent from a friend, who saw the swan in the sky!!  I couldn't believe that it was exactly what I had just drawn.  It certainly felt like a sign of something and I felt really moved.  I shall continue to plan a woven creation.  In the meantime, I have finished two more scarves and am also busily planning two more workshops which take place later this week. I always look forward to meeting new 'textiley' people....we always get on so well!