Decided to have a break this weekend and have a day out today (Sunday) – you know, all work and no play... :)
Drove down to here:Leeds Castle in Kent.
It’s been on my list of places to visit for sometime because they have a Dog Collar Museum which I was desperate to look at but this was a bit disappointing I’m afraid. I managed to get several photos through the glass cabinets – I was hoping they would have a book of some sort to go with the collection, should really have taken a sketch book.
Lots of inspiration here though:Unfortunately, (or fortunately whichever way you look at it) there was a jousting tournament going on.There’s something quite appealing about a man in a helmet, a bit like leather clad bikers. :)
We were also treated to this splendid display:Her friend in the righthand corner was also having a go but he didn’t look anywhere near as impressive.The highlight of the day though was travelling down the M11 at 85 mph and not spotting the safety camera set up on the bridge. No excuse really, (for the speeding that is) except I was going downhill with the wind behind me. Needless to say, I have slipped down a few notches with the camera v guttering saga. :(
Quickly moving on - I still had time to start on some samples for the Arashi Shibori workshop I am taking part in with Wil. It’s a really good workshop. Wil has given us loads of ideas in the first lesson alone.
I started on the basic Arashi using some cotton duck.Not sure how this leaf shape got here.I also tried a piece using cotton velvet but, silly me, I put the pile side on the inside so ended up with a lovely pattern on the underside of the fabric:And nothing on the front:So I tried again and ended up with this lovely piece of fabric.Have another batch on the go at the moment so more of this later.