After a busy end to 2010 my blog was put on the back burner and Facebook became, for a short while anyway, a outlet for information about Ramari Textiles. With the new year and the very near launch of my website I thought it a good time to write about it all on the blog.
I have opened my shop again after a short silly season break. I having been making lots of new stuff including printed cushions, silk scarf blankets and Sitting Pretty cloth dolls. Last weekend I emptied the shop and took all my work to Martinborough Fair where I had a stall. It was a very hot day but people were still seen on warm woolly cushions, blankets and felted bags.
Other exciting news is I will be in NZ House&Garden in the winter with my shop and studio.
Just a note about my hours. I am now open saturday, sunday and monday 10.30 - 4.00pm. Other days by appointment.
What a busy few weeks I've had! My shop is going ok with 4 visitors yesterday which is great for a monday. I spent the weekend at Castlepoint Beach tutoring a Silkpainting workshop to a group of women from all over the Wairarapa. It was lovely but busy. Great company and all my meals supplied - what more could you ask for! We made brooches out of the silk though some kept their piece as a scarf or headband. I love painting on silk and hope to more soon when there is a spare moment.
I have also been knitting and felting bangles after seeing the idea on the net. I have made some smaller ones too to go on a long lace or strap around the neck. I found some 70's crochet patterns and have been trying them out with a windmill looking flower that will be either a brooch or be sewn on to a cushion.
I work part-time at a community Arts work space and this week all my work colleagues and I are exhibiting our own work at Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton. The opening is on friday 9th July at 5.30pm and you're all welcome.
The shop is going well and I have had visitors from Christchurch and Auckland this week. I have made some lovely neck warmers from a wool/bamboo blend in muted blues and greys.
Also am in the process of finishing some more felted bags for the shop, will post some pictures when they are ready.
Working with the much loved peggy or granny square, depending on which side you butter your toast, I created a few new brooches to adorn winter coats, hats or bags. A two dimensional aspect was reached with the addition of, also much loved, buttons. All one offs and available from my backyard headquarters.