Wednesday, 22 February 2012

thank you

heartfelt thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to the previous post, your contributions have been most helpful. am delighted to say that many of them simply reassured me that i was on a good path [for the new book] and as for your suggestions - there were a couple of things i hadn't thought of and i'll be taking them aboard

meanwhile my lovely friend Jenni Worth not only survived having the riverstitch retreat in her home but also had the energy to put together a few visuals, kindly offering pix and words for what will be the first guest post on these pages!

so the words below are by Jenni Worth [some of them giving me rather pink cheeks], pix by Jenni, Louise Milne and Jenni's friend Maria [whose surname escapes me but who has the most delightful bear/dog I have met in a long time].

not a needle & thread to be seen
needless to say these were but fleeting moments during India's
recent riverstitch workshop in Goolwa SA
& yes...  more divine pics of 'what India likes to do with her hands'
this time they're playing in the woad bucket 
the woad leaves were lovingly harvested, frozen & presented to 
India during her recent workshop in Goolwa by Louise

  dividing the precious silk thread for us all

day 1    we were treated to Miss Violette demonstrating her 
beautiful 'lace'

on the 2nd night India gave a public talk at the 
local Goolwa Library/council chambers  
 tickets were sold out 
& 80 people were treated to her  'show-and-tell' 

   prior to the talk south seas bookshop from nearby Port Elliot 
devoted a window to promoting India's books  they also sold 
tickets & were present on the night successfully selling many 
signed copies of both 'eco colour' & 'second skin' 
on the [auspicious] 4th night  blessings as we left our fun 
group dinner at the flying fish restaurant  Port Elliot*
thanks Fiona for the delicious chocolate cake with sweet 
marzipan bumblebees 

the workshop was wonderful      
India graciously giving & the small extremely enthusiastic 
group receiving much
lots of talking laughing coffee chocolate & delicious lunches  
India's gumbo is to dye for
and as happens so naturally around her a gentle frenzy of 
cutting stitching & the magic that the dyepots offer
people breaking into song often with reference to 'woad'  
on the woad again
the long & winding .........
& my favourite joke of the week    "what do gorillas drink at 
   "margeurillas"    thankyou Audrey

India has previously mentioned the lack
of response from South Australians
only 1 person at this workshop was from Adelaide  the rest 
came from Victoria, NSW, Queensland & Western Australia
there were over 30 enquiries in response to her initial 
announcement   from SA  as well as interstate & overseas
it's a mystery to me why they didn't all register but l join 
with the fortunate few who did and thank India for her 
generosity [editors note: aww. shucks.]

the beauty of a bundle above
unexpected results from the woad pot below

* editor's note...the blue photo with the dot is actually of the most amazing orange moon [like the Giant Pumpkin] that was rising over Horseshoe Bay as we were heading to our comfy beds


  1. For some reason the photos aren't showing. There's a little box in their place. Just thought I'd let you know. Not sure where the problem lies - on my end or yours.

  2. thanks Jennifer [and others who emailed me directly] hope i've fixed it now?

    1. You're welcome. Oh! To have been there. Love the photos, especially of the bundles at your feet waiting to be opened...or dyed?

      Thank you for visiting my blog as well. It was truly an honor.

  3. Yes, at first visit, they weren't showing, now they are. Nice post... love the tiny red moon-dot.

  4. yes, they're visible now! excellent!

  5. thanks for sharing this with looks as if everyone had a great time.x Lynda

  6. it all looks good...
    especially bare feet!