Like lots of lucky people, I visited the Boro exhibition early in the year at Somerset House. It was stunning and I am so glad I saw it.

Finally, it has kick started me into using my stash of blue cloth that has been waiting for a piece of boro type work. Plenty of inspiration but no action til now. Here is my Something Boro’d Something Blue:

Something Boro'd Something Blue
Something Boro’d Something Blue

Now I need to find some more hand stitching for those tedious car journeys!!

Thioux moment

I am supposed to be doing all sorts of admin jobs at the moment but needed a break so I am playing with Thioux or as my packet says Spectralite.  I have some as it is an ingredient of Indigo vats. But I had never used it to discharge.  I have now and I am surprised that I have any black cloth left. I love the effect!!

Thioux IKEA 1
Thioux IKEA – over cooked this one. I will need to work back into it.
Thioux IKEA Moth
Thioux IKEA Moth – the effect is like a moth with its wings folded
Thioux Makower
Thioux Makower – a different fabric

Have a go – very easy – 1 part Spectralite to 4 parts soda ash and heat up til almost boiling and throw in the scrunched up and bound fabric. Take it out before you think is discharged as it looks only part discharged when it is actually ready.


Queens Street Mill

Last month, whilst on the boat, we visited the only working steam mill in the England which is in Burnley. It was an amazing museum.  We saw the old steam engine which used to run 1000 looms in three different rooms. It is in beautiful condition, lovingly look after.

First, the wonderful clocking in machine.

Clocking In Machine

Now the steam machine which is called Peace and the oil cans which keep it gleaming.

Peace Oil cans on Peace Oil can on Peace Gleaming Peace

In one of the rooms are 300 looms. The steam engine runs the cams above them all, but only about 10 looms are engaged – what a noise!! These looms make calico which the museum sells.

Weaving Shed Working Loom

In another room are some smaller specialised looms which make Terry Towelling and tea cloths, again sold in the museum.

Making Terry Towelling Tea towels

And then Jacquards solution and some of the mill’s original cards – very early computers.

Jacquards Solution Early Computers

If you are in the area, take time to visit the museum – it is a privilege to see one of the many mills which in the early 20th century produced over 90% of the world’s cotton fabric.