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!


Running hither and thither

It’s been a busy few days.  There are times when it seems as though our feet don’t touch the ground, and that’s certainly how I’ve been.  I’m getting by on very little sleep which isn’t a good thing, but hopefully it will be better by the weekend.  Medical appointments have had to be fitted in with everything else, so ‘free’ time has been sparse.

I started a dye sequence for an order very early yesterday morning (those of you that follow my other blog will have seen them already).  I couldn’t sleep so found myself rinsing it well into the early hours.   It is all just about dry now, this is part of what I did.

I dyed far more than were needed for the order, so the rest will be off with us next time we are out with our little shop.  I also included this combination that has now been listed on Etsy.

These colours are perfect for the sea.

I’m sure I’ll sleep tonight.  Certainly hope I do as we have another busy day tomorrow…….  if not – well, I’ll just wind and twist the rest of the threads ready for sale.  That, believe it or not, is surprisingly relaxing!

365 Days of Colour

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View from the Back Door



It’s odd the things that spring to mind as you go about your normal business!  Yesterday was a dyeing day, today, after rinsing, it was a planned drying day.  This morning I carefully pegged the batch of vegetarian silk onto the line and stood back to look.  The intention was to make sure that everything was secure, however, as I looked I began to giggle.

My mother had an elderly friend named Joan who lived next door but one.  Having been married to a military man everything Joan did was done by timetable.  Her washing line was visible over the fence, and it was possible to  tell the day of the week according to the washing.

Monday – underclothes
Tuesday – towels
Wednesday – bedding
Friday – shirts and blouses

Notice that I missed Thursday.  It was the Thursday line that I suddenly remembered as I looked at my dyeing.  What was washed on Thursdays?


Every Thursday there was a long line of yellow dusters.  They all looked the same, but there was one there for every room on every day of the week!  Yes, Every Thursday 7 days of 7 rooms.  That’s 49 dusters!!!

Well, my line of washing didn’t last very long.  It was a day of heavy  showers, and after 3 attempts of rehanging the silk I changed my mind.   I was going to take a picture to illustrate, but that was out of the question so here is one that I think I have shown you before, however it’s the best I can give you today

Online dates

The next round of online courses starts on 22nd August.  There is more information from this link here.

Today’s collage!

It’s another sunset.

Hubble Bubble

As the Festival of Quilts approaches things get more and more manic!

It would be lovely to be able to tell you that supper was bubbling away in the crock pot, but it isn’t!  In fact, the crockpot I’m using in the above photograph has never been used for food, and it never will……  It’s hubbling and bubbling on the studio counter.  The quality of the photograph isn’t good because the steam and reflections are getting in the way.  Is this easier to see?

I dye a variety of fabrics this way, this batch is distinctly purple, but that isn’t always the case

Above and below are some that I dyed yesterday

There’s more to do – so it’s back to the dyepot. I’m moving on to a different one now, if you are good, I might show you that tomorrow!  But then again……

Here’s today’s collage

Day 7

A week of a collage a day.  I’m still going, although I should be doing something else…..

….. or should I?

It is only a few days to the Festival of Quilts.  Thousands of people will attend, and hopefully we will make a profit!  I’m dyeing chiffon, carrier rods, fabric, threads and cords and …….. the list seems endless, and much of it also has to be packed into clear bags for sale.  So….  I reckon those 20 minutes of creativity are actually of even more value than usual.  It’s a haven of peace and concentration.


…. do the camera batteries always seem to need changing when you want to grab a photograph in a hurry?

I wanted a quick photograph for one of the current online courses.  I wanted it NOW!  A simple task.  Threads arranged – light perfect, but…..

And of course, exceedingly low battery also meant no preview picture, so quick snaps were the order of the day – and I just hoped that it would last long enough to load onto the computer.

Phew!  It died just as the last one loaded!

Not perfect, but it illustrates my point perfectly.  And that is…..?  LOL, you’ll have to join the course to find out!

WooHoo! I get to play for my health

A while ago I filled in a questionnaire.  I didn’t know what it was for – but last Friday I received this link, and all became clear.

Well, I’m not a quilter, but I do work in textiles.  The handle of the fabric is very important to me, and so is colour – that’s why I dye.  This article has given me absolute permission to carry on.  Hooray!

Today I’m playing with colour, but not in the way you might expect.

It’s for the next stage in my online course.  Don’t forget – there are still a few more days to sign up for the first level.

Off to play now…..