Since my baby boy was born in the summer, it’s been a quiet few months in terms of creativity. He is my best creation of the year, which is how it should be. There’s something about having a baby that seems to give me clarity. It doesn’t happen straight away, and the process is painful, but once I come through the darkness of utter exhaustion, I feel like a new person.Continue Reading →
Plants Are Magic is a new magazine that I am starting and the first issue will be out in March 2017 – in print (yay!) and also offered as digital download.
It’s a magazine for makers, dreamers and plant lovers.Continue Reading →
It’s no secret that yarn isn’t my main passion. I’ve been captivated by cloth for many years, making clothes and also simply fabric for scarves. I love the drape of fabric and never get tired of it.
But recently I’ve been yearning to experiment with yarn more. Initially I planned to re-learn knitting; I learnt to knit as a young child, but never progressed beyond the basics. So I bought some chunky cotton yarn and some bamboo knitting needles. Things didn’t quite work out this way though, as I was tempted by Tunisian Crochet somewhere along the way…!Continue Reading →
I dyed with red onion skins again after several months. I was hoping to get the same results as last time, which was a range of yellowy greens and browns. I was rewarded with these colours, and had some extra surprises along the way which I thought I’d share!
I decided to write this blog post about how I self-published my book on natural dyeing. It’s been a real adventure of discovery and I thought it might be helpful to share some of the things I’ve learnt along the way.
People often wonder why I dye so many small pieces of fabric in different colours and ask what I do with them all. I’ve actually considered taking up quilting as a hobby on many occasions. The truth is, I simply love dyeing swatches of fabric and lengths of yarn with different plants. Experimenting is all part of my process and I discover lots of new things through this kind of play.
Dyeing wooden beads continues to be one of my favourite ways to explore plant dyes. I love dyeing beads with various dyes and playing with different colour combinations and patterns.
My eBook was a little seed of an idea that turned into a really exciting and rewarding project that I completed over 4 months. It wasn’t until I started writing that I realised quite how much I had to say on plant dyeing; it soon became something much more detailed that I had originally imagined.
Here are some ecoprints from the last couple of months… I find this technique a bit hit or miss but I love the process and the thrill when I unroll a bundle.
It’s been a few months in the making and I’m pleased to announce that my eBook, ‘Botanical Colour at your Fingertips’ will be out on Tuesday 24th May!
Thank you for your interest and support through Instagram whilst I’ve been working on this exciting project! I really hope that you enjoy reading it.