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Natural Dyeing: Making Green


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Linen and Silk Samples Dyed with a Decoction of Dyer’s Chamomile Flowers


Chamomile appears in a number of chapters in The Rev Hilderic Friend’s Flowers & Flower Lore. Under Flowers for Heroes, Saints, And Gods he writes that it is to St Anne – said to be the mother of the Virgin … Continue reading

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Testing Water for Iron Content


“Give me silence, water, hope Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.”  – Ode to Silence: Pablo Neruda   Samples of water from four different sources tested for iron content. From left to right: tap water, water from a garden water butt, … Continue reading

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Chaos and Onion Skins


The chaos is subsiding. I opened the last packing box a couple of weeks back. Then found more. But a few and there  are places for everything now. A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place. (Benjamin Franklin?) Distribution. … Continue reading

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Indeterminacy: The Blueberry Interlude: Cold Dyeing with Blueberry Stems


Dyeing needn’t be an elaborate process,  experiments have shown me. Or require costly – and sometimes quite hazardous and pongy – ingredients, sophisticated equipment and a PhD in chemistry. I pruned a couple of little blueberry bushes a few weeks … Continue reading

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How Far Does The Hand Reach? Botanical Signatures Textile Art Exhibition, Norwich, England, July 18-20 2019


Invitation to exhibition. Some of my work is figuring in Botanical Signatures 18-20 July at Studio20, in historic Norwich, England. The exhibition has been put together by Maria Clarke-Wilson, who is completing an MA in Textile Design at Norwich University … Continue reading

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Black Bean Dye and Black Bean Soup


“Beans, you know, are beautifully shaped, like a new church, like modern architecture, like a planned city”  ― Janet Frame, Scented Gardens for the Blind My love affair with Titanium oxalate continues … In my search for blue, I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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A First Try at Eco-Dyeing with Staghorn Sumac (Rhus Typhina)


I was delighted, when we first came in May last year to inspect what was to become our new home,  to find no less than four mature Staghorn Sumac trees flourishing in the garden, for I knew Sumac to be … Continue reading

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Eco Print on Silk – Three Eucalyptus Leaves


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A Fine Pickle


A recent eco print experiment. This is an iron blanket (or carrier cloth). It ought to have had prints from plant material on it. Didn’t work. Hmmm. As usual, I sprayed the cloth with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution. It was … Continue reading

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