What a truly wonderful dyeing day. Sheilagh is an excellent teacher and brought out the magic of using natural dyes.
We started out the day experimenting using cochineal, dyers coreopsis, weld and madder. After an initial demonstration we were soon left to explore through our own creativity. Hapa Zome was also on the cards, as we bashed indigo leaves to dye the cloth. The patterns that it created were beautiful!
As the day progressed we moved onto modifiers which reacted with the initial dyes we were using. These included iron, copper, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid. This created some of beautiful range of colours you see in the images above.
For me, the real wow moment was dying with indigo. We spent the afternoon using silks and wool and carefully plunging them into the indigo dyes. The real life magic was watching the colour changing before our eyes! It was incredible to see the whole group so invested in their work and to see the group collection of colours at the end was breath taking.
Look out for one of Sheilagh’s Natural Dyeing Days advertised on our website, facebook page and at guild meetings. They certainly come highly recommended! They are also highly sort after so it is best to book early to avoid disappointment.
Devon County Show is a Huge Success!
Well done to all those who have helped to create a fantastic display of our guild's work and skills at this years Devon County Show. The Chair Person wanted to give a quick update and also spin you an idea...
Yesterday, we had such an amazing day at Devon County Show! The whole thing about it was so healthy, normal and very exciting and I came away thinking I haven’t laughed as much as that since pre covid, and with added sheep.
What a wonderful day. The converse of that was the updates I had through the day. My son had been running an ultra marathon up and down Snowdon and at the end of the day we both felt the same except I had fewer blisters (must spin faster).
At one point I was in general conversation with the most delightful family who had paid £5 for a fleece they had just seen shorn and discovered the fleece was worth virtually nothing. So we’ve ended up with yet another fleece to clean, spin, design and knit a jumper for a substantially built young man. I’m hoping to finish it in time for him to wear to his wedding, which I do believe he’s the sort who would.
This got me thinking and the next Chairs Challenge is to take a fleece from the start of shearing to finished garment in less than 4 hours 54 minutes and 53 seconds. Current world record.I don’t mind if you work in groups but seriously recommend you chose a good fleece at next weeks fair to start practicing on and hone your skills as Devon County Show has been moved back to May next year.Sadly as judge I’m unable to take part but wish you all gods speed and happy if not frantic spinning and knitting. Good luck!
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