Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Secret Stitching

I can't show you much because I am working on gifts but here's a teaser photograph of what I've been working on today.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bubbling and Steaming

Bank Holiday Weekend and time to try using the seaweeds I collected in Norfolk.
I'm using some to make a dye and some in a bundle which I'm steaming. Who knows what results I'll get, but things are looking quite brown at the moment.
I now have a dye house! Our greenhouse wasn't getting a lot of use so I've cleared it out and DH is promising me electricity very soon. I've left him a space to grow a few tomatoes so we should both be happy to potter there next Summer.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


After leaving the bundles until a slight mould had begun to grow, which must surely be long enough, I've just opened these and been quite surprised. 
They are both a mixed bunch of sunflowers and agapanthus but the results are quite different. The "yellow" piece is cotton mordanted with alum, 
the pale piece is silk. I like the greens that have marked the silk fabric 
and am startled by the strength of the yellow on the cotton.  I took these pictures while the fabrics were still wet, I wonder whether they will be considerably paler when they dry.


I'm adding pictures taken today, 14th August, of the fabrics now they are dry. Much paler colours, especially the yellow.