Category Archives: "Things to Make and Do"

Gorse Dyeing – (And other Uses)

Gorse Dyeing is something that’s been on the list to try. Another natural dye making adventure. At this time of year nature’s bounty for dye stuffs aren’t so plentiful. But as they say ‘When Gorse is out of bloom kissing’s out of fashion’ and the bright yellow blooms are all over the hills, hedges, heaths

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Winter Project – Crochet Blanket

A winter project – this year it’s a crochet blanket. This is a must to beat the winter blues and to stave off in advance any inclination towards S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder).  Think about it now, before Christmas. Find your project, something ambitious and labour intensive for preference. Buy your materials now (or put them on your Christmas

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Elderberry Dye – A Wonder Stuff

Elderberry dye is potent stuff. The newly discovered addiction to natural dyeing continues (to feed the Sock Knitting Machine in the previous post and as written about in another earlier post). And the wait has been on for Elderberry season. This is serious addiction! They are plentiful around here in the hedgerows. But you have

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Natural Dyes – A Whole New Adventure

Natural Dyes – they are all around, in the garden, in the fields and hedgerows, in the larder and the supermarket. And the last couple of weeks they have become something of an obsession around here. They are AMAZING – it’s total magic (well not really, it’s just chemistry). Looking into sock yarns (following the

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Playing Hostess with Constance Spry

Of course Constance Spry is best known as the doyenne of floristry through the mid 20th century. She wrote many books on the subject and, having exhausted that particular subject, then branched out into related fields. This book was stumbled upon by accident, having purchased a job lot of books at auction based on the

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