I love Autumn...well the beginning of it, before all the leaves fall and the garden becomes a soggy mess.
It's the time to make changes and cosy up the home before the onslaught of Winter and the obligatory Christmas decorations.
I was given, by my lovely 'green fingered' neighbour, a selection of ornamental gordes. She had grown them on an allotment owned by an elderly villager who couldn't understand the point of growing something that could not be eaten. Fortunately, she did not agree and grew lots just as wonderful decorative objects of every shape, size and colour.
Inspired by these, I started to dye my existing stock of raw linen to create something to compliment my display in a handmade Brickett Davda bowl. I do dye fabric in the washing machine, but try to mix the colours of the dye rather than use the standard stock. Using Jacquard iDye, I combined packets of their Chestnut, Pumpkin, Olive and Chartreuse in various quanities, resulting in a pile of textures and hues.
What next....I always sit on the floor to watch television in front of our log burner in the lounge. So I made three, large (110cm x 55cm) floor cushions inspired by old French linen sacks complete with a central seam down the front and small embroidered initials. Filled with duck feather pads (made to the exact size from www.feather-fibre-foam-cushions.co.uk)....perfect for an Autumn evening's entertainment.