Amanda Thompson [Julymoonart]
September 2015. This year has been hard for me and i have become a virtual recluse but i still try and create something every day. Some days i have so much energy that i work `til i drop and then do the same again and again until the energy is all used up. These are my manic productive days, i do get a lot done. The days when i can barely crawl out of my bed because of pain both mental and physical i get very little done - i knit or crochet because i can listen to music without having to think too much about what my hands/fingers are doing. This year - so far- i have mastered Broomstick lace [oh so many beautiful things i have enjoyed making for other people]. I have learnt to spin and in doing so it has provided me with yarn to create all sorts of things. i can use it for weaving, felting, knitting, crochet and now that i am spinning silk i can even use it in when i am working on my silk cocoons. I have also dyed my yarn with plants, rust and Lichen and have achieved some wonderful natural colours from nature. My silk work is at the moment being shown at The Hare and Moon gallery at Alby Craft Centre, in Norfolk. Uk. This week i have been working on a new collection of silk cocoons for the Autumn. I have almost finished a pumpkin and i have just today been working on a silk paper pumpkin leaf. I use a magnifying glass for the detailed work. I will post this along with the five other new cocoons when all of them are finished. I am also creating a family of crocheted chickens, the photo is of Belinda a chicken with a story to tell all about Jasper the one eyed fox.