Last week I went for my final visit to the Rhosygilwen walled garden where John has very kindly been tending a dye patch for me. I gathered the roots and tops of the Lady’s Bedstraw as well as apple leaves, a few almost-over dahlia tops, some black eyed susie flowers and a few fennel fronds to test with eco-printing. Continue reading End of summer’s yield
Should I boycott wool products?
This very timely article (from my point of view, ahem) has been published in the Guardian. Mulesing . The original reason I stopped using merino wool. Must be excruciatingly painful.
Watch this space for an update about Cambrian Mountains wool…
Reaping the dye harvest
The dye garden at Rhosygilwen has been carefully tended by John and is in full bloom. It seems sad in some ways to cut these beautiful flowers in their full glory, but that’s why they were planted and so that’s what will be done. Because Rhosygilwen is quite a way away from where we live, we have to make the most of our trips there. Continue reading Dye Plants
A digression for this blog. Today I am sending off a square of knitting for my friend Jan Martin’s blanket. And this is a post to tell the story of both the blanket and the square. Continue reading Jan’s Square
How happy I was to discover that Susan Martin, a hand spinner and plant dyer who lives in Cilgerran, was to run a day’s course in plant dyeing at Coppicewood College, just a couple of miles away from Rhosygilwen (and even less as the crow flies). What an opportunity to learn from an experienced dyer.
Assembly of the raw materials
We had a fruitful evening last night at Penlon Cottage (home of the micro brewery*), where we went to watch and help with the shearing of the sheep that are to provide the bulk of the wool for the project work, along with wool from Ystrad Organics. Continue reading Sheep Shearing at Penlon Cottage
The little coat is made and the first dye pot of Spring has been concocted. A lovely way to spend Easter weekend.