Thursday, June 10, 2010

fun and work

we went to the sea, and washed two sacks of fleeces. They were incredibly dirty. abeetle came to investigate, some horseflies too, ugly bites, those.
and I made a pincushion- I need it, with all the sewing I've been doing!
and a snake left me a gift.


grace Forrest~Maestas said...

a day i would have liked. all of it...
your sea is as i would dream it

what a combination of images...the pin
cushion, the gift with
eyes even...

martine said...

Hi, am currently washing fleece, is putting them in the sea a good method?

Manya Maratou said...

grace, I'm knackered, I could use another pair of helping are welcome any time, and no, I;m joking, I won't make you work

Hi martine
I have huge quantities of fleece, extremely dirty, and a relatively calm sea, and also sun that will dry it fast.
there was some felting, from the waves
which means that you can;t leave it in there and let the waves do the work
it was fine when I let it float, out of the net, and chased back the rogue bits
that means you must be able to stand in the water, doubled up for quite a while
also the water is clear, at least until I put the fleeces in, and I chose the stony beach
my feet still that is what it's like, over here, if you try it, tell me what happened
small quantities in net, short dips might work

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

well, your description of your technique may
have been labor intensive for you but again,
to me, sounds like heaven on earth. the
"visual" i got of the waves felting was
ecstatic. went to my daughter's to do the
training work with her Anatolian livestock
guardian pup and was telling her about it
and she laughed, saying it was as if i was
There! we decided if we ever go anywhere, we
will go to Greece.

Manya Maratou said...

yes yes yes grace
you are welcome to come and stay for as long as you like
Anatolian pup- Turkish? we went to Cappadokia, the sheepdogs were splendid
I told my boys next dog would be one of these
In the second photo at the top of the hill you can see the corner of the wall of the ancient city of rhamnous

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

only in our dreams, manya, but yes, in our
Anatolian...yes. a
truly magnificant mind and Turkish.

Martine said...

Manya this is the loveliest pincusion i ever saw.

Manya Maratou said...

hey, thanks martine

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Your pictures remind me of the textures on Crete. I would love to spend half of each each year there.
A day of fun and work ... and something to show for it, great! -J

Sweetpea said...

Greetings Manya ~ I am stopping by your blog from Jude's spirit cloth workshop and I'm sooo glad I have many wonderful things going on here! Washing fleece in the ocean, who knew?! And I have fallen deeply in love with that most amazing pin cushion :>]]

Going off to wander around some more here. Your work inspires me!

Manya Maratou said...

jayne, what if you do?

Sweatpea, welcome, and thanks, the pincushion is really easy, make one!

dorie said...

a pincushion like this - how smart and how beautifull! I like functional combined with this expressive art.

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