Continuing my commitment to all things local and woolly, I have recently been taking part in an interesting project to develop Cambrian Mountains wool. Continue reading Cambrian Mountains Wool
Following on from my earlier post about fabric, I have taken a huge leap and bought a large quantity of Romanian hemp fabric direct from the producer. It arrived this week. Continue reading Material Matters
It was a long search and one that did not precisely deliver. First of all, the process of leather tanning – even veg tanning – is a long way from organic. So finding leather that is ‘officially’ classed and certified as organic is not so easy as one might imagine.
I found this picture of a caterpillar and decided it would be a great start for a toy design. Lots of textured bits, not too finicky, nice and chubby … Continue reading Caterpillar Toy
At the start of this research, I was fully intending to use organic cotton fabric for the woven bases of my Nuno felts. Then I read – cover to cover – Second Skin by India Flint (ISBN 174196721X) and it started me thinking. Continue reading Fabric
If a plant has tinctoria in its Latin name, it is likely to have a history of success in the dye pot…
Well, some seeds have arrived and some on order – all hopefully contributing to my harvest of dye plants. Mostly annuals to fit in with the timescales … The plan is to get them all in seed trays, then half to Rhosygilwen for John to raise and I’ll keep half as a back up ‘just in case’ – better safe than sorry! There are also a couple of plants I hope to get hold of and I have a plan to dig up some of my gunnera root to see if I can get a good black dye from that. Continue reading Seeds
Well, this is where the inspiration for this project came from, after I took part in creating a pair of boots, a satchel and a jacket for the Organic Wool Collection. The boots in particular were much admired, even having an airing on S4C’s coverage of the Royal Welsh Show in the summer. Not ever so practical I know.
“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly “we must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower”
— Hans Christian Andersen The Butterfly