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
local Goolwa Library/council chambers
tickets were sold out
& 80 people were treated to her 'show-and-tell'
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
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