Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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My 2017 Garden

 

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Hello everyone, where has the summer gone? That time just flew by. Also after such a long absence I don’t really know where to begin. I suppose I could start by saying that one of the reasons for my lack of posting this summer was because I went WWOOFing, which is basically a farm volunteer experience where you do labour in exchange for food and shelter. And that experience gave me some new perspectives and directions for the future. Anywhos’… This meant that I was away from my garden during its best show time. Which is generally June and the beginning of July, when the Irises and Oriental Poppies are abundant. And I don’t know if I could bear being away for that again. It makes me feel too guilty, as no gardener wants to truly miss out on their gardens peak, and this resulted in me feeling a bit less motivated when I came back.

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Spinning With: Cashmere, Black Alpaca, Caramel Alpaca-Merino Blend.

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Hello, today I am coming back at you with three new fibres I have spun with. I consider the cashmere the highlight of this post as it is luxurious and fancy, and the others are different versions of alpaca wool that I have already written about in a post. Although I will admit that the difference are bigger than you think they would be.

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Adventures in Paper Making

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Hello, one of my goals for last year was to try my hand at papermaking. So I took a class in it! It was a basic class and I mostly experimented with adding natural dyes to the paper, only used the Hollander once, used the blender many times and learned that I do not like cotton paper at all.

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Qualities of Natural Fibres

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Have you ever found it confusing to know the differences between the many types of wools? I know I have, I didn’t know the difference between Merino and Mohair to begin with. I just knew they both came from animals.

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Planning My 2017 Garden

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It is within the first few days of the new year and I am already starting to plan my garden(s). I am very excited, I have my photos of last years gardens printed and labeled, I have gone through my seeds to see what it is that I need and what I still have left over, and figured out what the big new additions will be in the garden this year.

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Making A Pincushion: New and Improved!

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Hello everyone, sometime last August I went about making myself a pincushion. It was made around a matchbox because I wanted there to be storage for embroidery scissors and thread so it would be convenient for taking to and from school as well as the various spots I work in in the house.

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