Weekly Photo Challenge – Room

If you missed my earlier post I hope you will take a look before you leave this site. It relates specifically to today, and refers to someone I love. There’s more to this post below than at first meets the eye, too – so don’t forget to scroll right down too.

This week’s Photo Challenge is ‘Room’. If the family see this they will laugh raucously, I’m sure, because I never have enough. I can fill a space before it is vacated! However, the one place I always ensure that I leave PLENTY of room is in the dyebath!



The fabric needs room to move in the fixing solution. Below are the results of part of the above collection



Incidently, if anyone is near South Wales and is interested in learning a little about dyeing, I’m teaching a day workshop on 14th June at Busy Bees Patchwork in Newport. There are a couple of places left, if you are interested email Busy Bees directly for details. It’s very good value and, apart from having fun, you will learn that it’s simple and logical to create colour on fabric.

Today I was very brave

I’m willing to bet that most of you are more brave every day than I was today, but first of all let me set the scene.

I wear glasses – spectacles to correct my short sight. Without them everything is very blurred.

Really blurred!

Really, really blurred.

So, when I went outside to sort out my dyeing area prior to sorting the next batch I shouldn’t really have gone out without wearing them.

But I did.

Everthing was as I had left it, all was in order, except……

…… there was something moving.

It wasn’t moving very much, but it was definitely moving. It was also most definitely where something should NOT be moving!

So what did I do?

Well, without thought of risk or safety I carefully took hold and moved it to the nearby earth patch.

Thankfully I had my camera with me. My camera doesn’t need specatcles so I photographed to record the spot! After donning said specs I knew I could return and tackle the wriggling, squiggling thing.

But then I learned a hard lesson.

The camera DOES lie!


You see, when I inspected the photograph all I could see was a worm! Can’t see it? Well it’s there – amongst the greenery just above left of centre. If you still can’t see it send me an email and I’ll give you a grid reference. The trouble is, the squirmy thing I saw was about 10 times the size and all shades of red orange blue and green, breathing smoke and flames and certainly had scales and probably wings. After all – how else could it have arrived on my outside dyeing table?

So all I can say is – never dye without your specs, and I’ll never trust my camera again.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable

It will come as no surprise to those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis to discover that I share my life with colour. In fact, I think you might be disappointed if I didn’t admit it! I am happiest when I am silently working on a project, whether I am using paper, or fabric. The following gallery is just a glimpse into part of my life. I am totally at ease and comfortable when I am engrossed.

These are just a few of the projects that have taken my time during the last few weeks. I didn’t dare show you all of them. I also included a picture of pears and a plum which is my current choice of inspiration. :) My poor husband tolerates my passion.

Full details of this challenge, and lots more information can be found here. Don’t forget to pop over to Just Snaps too.

Don’t forget to check out the links below too:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Stephen Chapman
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Ese’ s Voice
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable (Bee & Flower) | skpfoto
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – Joy and Woe
  6. My Companions | On the Streets of San Francisco
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companiable | So where’s the snow?
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | A Little British Pea …
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Travel Monkey
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | Heather’s Photography
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | MixerUpper.com
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companions | Canoe Communications
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | iChristian
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable | Chittle Chattle
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Lonely Travelog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Create A Beautiful Life
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Irregular Ventilator
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – Bench in a Garden | My.Vivid.Visions
  20. Companionable | Mitten’sKittens
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable | Just Snaps
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Wind Against Current
  23. My Therapy Dog | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge : Companionable | Moments In Your Life
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Joakim Knudsen Photography
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – The Companions | My.Vivid.Visions
  27. Meet Leo « News of Ms. Roberts
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Stevie’s Words
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable « LargeSelf
  30. Cheap Materials Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companion | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | What Is It?!?
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | PSEUDOMONAZ
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | The Creation Around Me
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: ”Companiable” | SPH3RE
  38. Companionable Chaps | Empire of Lights
  39. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Companionable | Perfecting Motherhood
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companiable | suzie81’s Blog
  41. the PEEP SHOW: Weekly Photo Prompt | the TRASH BASH
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: No So Companionable | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Quirky Brunette
  44. This one goes out to “Bu” [a sketch] | so i wrote
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | The Syllabub Sea
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | Escape from Chaos
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companion | patriciaddrury
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable Pigs Gossipping | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | This, that and the other thing
  50. Companion | de Wets Wild

Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprise

The wonderful thing about natural dyeing is that you never quite know what will emerge from the pot!

The wonderful thing about natural dyeing is that you never quite know what will emerge from the pot!

Full information about the challenge, and lots more entries can be found here.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (mytropicalhome.wordpress.com)
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (photomecrazy.com)
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (belgradestreets.wordpress.com)
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  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! (kamialise.com)
  6. RUN! Weekly Photo Challenge (graysonqueen.wordpress.com)
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise – Primrose, Jester and Family Arriving Any Minute (mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com)
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (mastersquill.wordpress.com)
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (lifeandink.com)
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (pilotfishblog.com)
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (flickrcomments.wordpress.com)
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (chttp://kattermonran.com)
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (joyandwoe.wordpress.com)
  14. Surprise, Surprise!  (playamart.wordpress.com)
  15. Surprises around the world (thirdeyemom.com)
  16. WordPress Photo Challenge: Surprise (December Day 21) (ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com)
  17. SURPRISE: A GIFT FOR THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
  18. Challenge photo hebdo – Surprise (mariadesuede.wordpress.com)
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge : Surprise (lespetitspasdejuls.wordpress.com)
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (jobryantnz.wordpress.com)
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (marantophotography.wordpress.com)
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (windagainstcurrent.com)
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! Monkeys! (rarasaur.wordpress.com)
  24. WPC: Surprise (shareandconnect.wordpress.com)
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (betigaklaten.wordpress.com)
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Surprise (managuagunntoday.wordpress.com)
  27. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SURPRISE (mothergrogan.wordpress.com)
  28. WPC: SURPRISE (eljaygee.wordpress.com)
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (tomotherearthwithlove.wordpress.com)
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Christmas Surprise Triage at Grandma’s (humbledpie.wordpress.com)
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise – Primrose, Jester and Family Arriving Any Minute (mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com)
  32. Winter Wonderland (rainbowbakery.wordpress.com)
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (mytropicalhome.wordpress.com)
  34. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SURPRISE (francineinretirement.wordpress.com)
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (autumninbruges.wordpress.com)
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com)

The Proof of the Pudding

Do you remember my sleepless night?  Well I won’t hold it against you if you have forgotten, but as a result I produced these

They should have stayed bottled for longer, but we opened  them on my recent course. Here are just a few of the results.

These are rose leaves that have become imprinted into the fabric,

and these are from nothing other than paper fasteners.  They worked, that was the important thing, and now they can be developed further.  If you would like to try some safe experiments, maybe with a child under supervision, let me know and I’ll give you the ‘recipe’ for something that will definitely work.

Oh, and do you remember the ‘Crumbs‘?  Here’s the result

Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple

Goodness!  Purple!

Having just returned from a few days teaching dyeing, you have no idea how appropiate this is.  In fact, once the photographs are fully downloaded I will probably have enough pictures of purple for one a day for a month!

This one was taken earlier today.  After dyeing we decorated the flora in an attempt to dry as much in the sun as possible.  These two ‘got away’!

Full details of the challenge, and lots more entries, can be found here.  Other photographs taken during the same dyeing session can be found here and here.

Related posts from other entrants

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Yes, they do look like crumbs, don’t they, but they are in fact the contents of a teabag!

Just one of the things I’m happily playing with while I’m teaching at Urchfont.  I’m there for the last time, so my camera will be as hot as the dyeing water.  Back soon with more pictures here and on Just Snaps.

What’s cooking?

So, what did you do at 2am this morning?

Well, I couldn’t sleep.  I didn’t go to bed until after midnight, but I had a recipe going round and round in my head, and I knew that it would carry on like that unless I did something about it.  All was still and quiet, so I could concentrate, and that’s what I did.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – and quite a lot of the other, you know the sort of thing I mean.  By 3.15 it was all bottled, and now we just have to wait.

Now you didn’t expect it to be edible, did you?  It’s a wait and see recipe, so that’s the cooking part.  It won’t be opened until my dyeing course which happens in just 10 days. It will be quite exciting to see what has happened.

That’s all I have time for now, you see the milk is just about to boil over…….

……… and I need that for my calico!