April 2015 archive

The daunting job of inserting a zip


Seeing my friend Chris stitching dresses for the daughter of a friend, made me aware that putting a zip in, no matter how, isn’t the easiest thing in the world. She granted me to take pictures of her work and to show what could go wrong when putting a zip in. So these three colourful dresses are her work, watch and learn!


Make the dust fly with vintage feather dusters


Easter the time of year for the commotion of decluttering, dusting and of course spring cleaning, let’s do it in style. Did you know that feather dusters made from the outer layers of an ostrich’s feathers are ideal for your furniture? They of course won’t scratch it, they build up static electricity when rubbed and thus will capture dust and most important of all: will hold the dust, till you shake them out! And I’m not even talking about their durability. As you can see ours are well used.


Out of the blue


Spring a golden opportunity to go out and collect dye plant material and try it on a variety of fabrics and yarns: cotton and linen (plant fiber) and silk (animal fiber). What a wonderful world to collect: an abundance of forage!

The whole area here surprises us every day with new flowers, colours and discoveries.


Everywhere wild orchids pop up:


Teabags are ideal to dye with, my dad showed me how to colour my wedding dress (synthetic) with them but I always dreamt of trying nature’s colours. To be honest I only gave that a chance once in a blue moon, never really made time for it.

Pretty buttercups are everywhere, reminders of my gran, she was my buttercup!


Am thinking of rosehip, berries as they grow all around the house. I also have a big stack of turmeric that could do the job. So I went off for a walk in the fields with the dogs, a colour hunt!


Can’t help thinking of the loads of native tribes still making their own “natural” dyes. They give them original names too, might be an idea! The Navajo Indians, for instance, even have four “sacred” colours: blue-turquoise, white-white shell, black-jet and yellow abalone. Just love the name “white-white shell”.

The dandelions seen as a weed but ever so good to make jam with:


Have you ever dyed cotton with natural homemade dyes? Green light given for sharing your experience with me, pretty please!


I wanted to share these photos as they represent a tiny bit of my special kind of treasure hunt, take care and don’t forget to bring colour in this all too often black and white world! Show off your true colours.


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