|Karen working a sample|
Appointments made I then set about observing, sketching then starting on my first textile samples. As Stella mentioned in our last blog, I have become fascinated by the oily patches left on the mill floorboards. They survive long after the looms that produced them have been dismantled and sold and their locations must reflect the various machines that were once dotted about the mill. The thick black blocks contrast the worn pine floorboards and the stitch-like pattern formed by the shiny nail heads. I love the contrast between the random organic shapes of the oil patches and the straight lines of the boards and the metal nails running underneath or poking through them.
After lunch and a lovely walk down the most beautiful narrow lane at the back of the mill I got down to actually working on a sample using a variety of black 'rags' from a selection I'd brought with me. It's such a pleasure to have hours of almost uninterrupted time to simply make and I took full advantage of it, pausing only to chat now and again with curious visitors.
I shall continue to work up my samples but won't be returning to the mill until Sunday. Stella will be holding the fort tomorrow. I hope she enjoys sitting in the sun as much as I did!