I needed a blogging break after finishing my course but it grew rather longer than I intended. If anyone is still here reading, this is what I’ve been doing since then.

In July, I was given a couple of Tiree fleeces, a Jacob and a Suffolk, by a very kind crofter friend, and spent some time learning how to turn this


into this,


and then to this.


August brought visitors and walks by the sea.


In September, we sadly said goodbye to Tansy, our darling companion of almost 17 years – this photo was taken in the spring. She loved to run on the beach and the machair right up to the week she died. I miss her so much.

Tibetan spaniel

In October I collected blues, yellows and greens together and made some little pieces of felt for the International Day of Felt. But I didn’t get myself organised in time to get other people involved as well – I will next year, I hope, when the colours will be Red-Purple-Blue.


While all my flat surfaces were filled up with blues and yellows and greens…

fibre and fabric

I spun some of it too.

handspun yarn

In fact, I’ve been spinning a lot in the last few months. I’ve woven scarves with some of these yarns now, but the basket keeps filling up again.

handspun yarns

I think my birthday visit to the mainland deserves a post of its own, for another day. I don’t quite know how this blog will evolve without the focus of the OCA course. Mostly textiles still, of course, but maybe a bit more of life as well. I’ve tried keeping a separate blog for ‘other stuff’ but since it’s a challenge to keep one blog alive, let alone two, a more eclectic mix may be the way to go from now on.

since June…

10 thoughts on “since June…

  • November 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Fiona, I have missed your posts and its lovely to see you back again. Are you thinking of doing another OCA course? I am undecided. Did you get your results? Love all your spinning and felts. Sorry to hear about Tansy. We lost our dear old Airedale Dileas this year and I know how hard it is to lose a loyal friend. Look forward to following your blog!

  • November 11, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Hoorah, an unexpected, but welcome new post!
    So sorry to hear about Tansy – that’s a beautiful picture of her. (We had to bid farewell to our pusscat last Friday sadly)
    Do keep blogging (and spinning and felting and sewing…)

  • November 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Fiona, lovely to read you blogpost again and see how many pretty things you have made (and learned?). And whether you write about textiles or just daily life I will follow :). I am sorry to hear about Tansy! oxo

  • November 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Fiona
    yes I too have missed your blog. Sorry to hear about Tansy. Your spinning and felting all look great. As I am writing this I can see my spinning wheel directly in front of me and ma feeling guilty that I have spun anything in quite a while. I really like the weaving that you have done in an earlier post. Island life really suits you I think. Are you there to stay now?
    Cheers Ann

  • November 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Enjoy your time! Are you coming to the knit and stitch at Harrogate? I would love it if you did find my stand.. if only so I can nip off to the loo! it would be great to meet you.

  • November 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    lovely to have you back!the felt grid is awesome.and the yarns look good too.
    sorry about Tansy.

  • November 22, 2010 at 3:04 am

    It’s so great to read about all of your wonderful recent projects! (I just love your basket of handspun yarn!)
    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. 17 years is a long time to love someone.

  • November 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Nice to see you back. I love the palette of colours and your ‘little bits’of felt which look lovely.
    I’m so sorry about Tansy. The loss of a doggie friend is hard to bear.

  • December 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Hi..came across your blog when l was looking into dyeing with seaweed..India Flint etc! Then you went away…what happened to your experiments?Ha…l am just trying to dye with seaweed l picked up while visiting my mum on the sea coast ( live in London). Soprry to hear about your dogxxlynda

  • January 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

    hello Fiona, thanks for stopping by my blog, so sorry to read about Tansy I can imagine how you feel, on another note I love the wool projects you are doing and the colours are beautiful,
    take care Frances

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