Thursday, 27 April 2017
from these areas
has led to the discovery of rust dyeing treasure
The rest of the family think I am mad as I exclaim over rusty bits of barbed wire, broken horseshoes, rusty nails, steel wall reinforcing - rust dyeing plans are afoot!
Monday, 24 April 2017
I have been watching this tulip since the beginning of April as it becomes more and more extravagantly wonderful. This may be the last photo as predicted rain and frost may finish it off this week. What dress inspiration this is.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
These joyous colours keep me motivated as I dig out dandelions, alkanet ( longest root so far = 60cm, but I am not saving any of them for dyeing ) ground elder, buddleia, bramble, ground ivy and creeping buttercup.
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Algal “blooms” form in both salt water and fresh water, but I wanted to focus on a microscopic form that grows in fresh water, hence blue-green algae. While algae are needed and are beneficial in many aquatic ecosystems, excessive nitrogen and phosphorous, caused by farm or industrial run-off can cause overgrowth and “blooms”. These can be toxic, particularly to animals.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Monday, 10 April 2017
Glorious sunshine this weekend gave an opportunity to photograph the quilting on the Kaleidoscope quilt. There is a lot of thread going in to this one.
Back, corner feathers
Back, centre star
The diagonal lines in the striped border are from an unpicked quilting design that I decided I didn’t like when it was next to the more dense quilting of the central medallion. Just as well it was sunny as i could do it outdoors and leave some threads for the birds’ nests.
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Blossom at Swiss Cottage Library,
Crystalline glaze ceramics by Matt Horne
Sunset on the River Thames
School of gentle protest by the Craftivist Collective
Wonderful British watercolour landscapes at the British Museum, free , on until 27th August. Rewards quiet contemplation.