Dyeing with berries

In this blog post I’ll show you how to dye a scarf with mahonia berries (also known as Oregon grape) with a simple tie dye stripe pattern. These are my local berries – in the early summer, the bushes are laden with hundreds of strands of these little purple jewels. Maybe you have other local berries growing abundantly. You can follow this recipe and use the berries of your choice. Berries are pH sensitive, so I’ll show you how you can adjust the colours and make multiple shades.

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A shift in mind and space – what’s the future of the magazine?

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 →

Some yarn play!

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 →

eBook coming soon!

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.

New logo!

I’m so excited to start using my new logo designed for me by Sierra Johnson of Letter Lodge!

This week I’ve been busy making new business cards and tags and stamping my new logo.

I used watercolour paper and presoaked it in soya milk and left it for a couple of weeks before using it. The dyes were very concentrated which I made by boiling off lots of liquid to leave a small amount of super concentrated colour. The purple is from mahonia berries and the pink is from avocado skin.