Thursday, 21 June 2018

I haven't had a "Week Of" for ages

So, Week of Dyes.
The big pile of dyeables was escaping from the underneath of the Big Table, so today I started with Wool. This, of course, needs Acid Dye, and heat...

So, take two old microwave ovens

Lots of old wool blankets, cut up into squares

Which need to be soaked in warm water and vinegar (I use the cheapest brown stuff from Tesco), then wrung out

Mix up the dyes in squeezy bottles (a small funnel is essential) - a little goes a long way

Not forgetting to keep your Rubber Gloves on, of course.. Oooops. Put your fabrics into microwaveable containers (I use old Pyrex mixing bowls) and dribble dye, with extra water if desired
Heat on full, 2 minutes. Wait 2 minutes, heat again, on full, 2 minutes
Rinse well in cold water, hang on the line...
Acid dyes should "exhaust" well - if you use the right amount of dye the run-off water is just about clear. If you have too much, it can be tipped into the next

This was about 1/2 of today's pieces, and there will be lots more tomorrow. Perhaps I'll get the drying racks out, too

I will make these into bundles for sale - nothing stitches quite so well as boiled wool, by hand, no effort required...

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Long Time No Cat..

..sitting in the summer-house this morning, sewing a little bunch of hexagons onto a repurposed piece of quilted black linen. Finished, put down on the computer to photo...

So far, so nice. Cat thinks so too

Just the Right Size, methinks...

Now this too, finished today

This is Goth Baby 2. Oakshott cottons, skeletons, drunkards path blocks, baby quilt size.
Free to the right home, you must be a bit Goth..

(ETA, this has been claimed, folks. Watch this space for another soon)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Over to Heather's house...


...for a nice lunch and a bit of arranging - herewith the February Bee Blocks for her Siblings quilt.. A nice peaceful afternoon with books and coffee

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Hard Winter

It's cold, my back hurts, I'm stocktaking, been ill, Oh!, Oh!

Roadkills
Frozen postcard (One of mine! Torn in half!)

Flattened Can

Triffid for tea

And Quite the most appalling lamp
(This is about 3 feet tall)

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Galls


Outside Morrison's.. How nicely Not Christmassy

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

OCP for December


Attempting to finish my March Magazine Project quilt, I get a Helper

Of sorts...

Peace, perfect peace.  Puddycat likes the winter, radiators are on, curtains drawn, humans sit by the fire...

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Any Old Iron?


At Fritton Garden Centre - not too many plants, as it's Winter, but the Old Machinery is growing well