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Aluminium acetate mordant for cotton and linenAluminium acetate mordant for cotton and linenOur price: £3.75Or just £2.75 for our members!ViewThis sample tin contains 10g of aluminium acetate, enough to mordant 200g fibre.Basic Eco Kraft sketch bookBasic Eco Kraft sketch bookOur price: £4.00Or just £2.50 for our members!View A4 Kraft sketchbook with Kraft pages in a board coverEmbroidered peg bagEmbroidered peg bagOur price: £35.00Or just £20.00 for our members!ViewI originally made this peg bag as a commission and then loved it so much that I made another for myself and a few for the shop.
Kraft display bookKraft display bookOur price: £6.50Or just £3.75 for our members!View This is the book that I use to log my dye experiments in, partly because the paper is nice and thick and a beautiful natural tone and partly because it opens flat with a big ring spine.Pack of five pieces of embroidery - Chickens and CockerelsPack of five pieces of embroidery - Chickens and CockerelsOur price: £30.00Or just £15.00 for our members!View A change to buy some original embroidered pieces - perfect for framing or incorporating into your own projects.Pack of three hand drawn cardsPack of three hand drawn cardsOur price: £15.00Or just £7.50 for our members!ViewI always like to have a selection of really nice cards in the house that work for both special occasions like birthdays and as thank you notes or letters.
Undyed 4 ply weight linen and bamboo mix 100gUndyed 4 ply weight linen and bamboo mix 100gOur price: £10.80Or just £6.80 for our members!ViewThis beautiful undyed yarn has a slightly rough texture which will soften through wear.Undyed 4ply cotton - 100g skeinUndyed 4ply cotton - 100g skeinOur price: £9.60Or just £6.20 for our members!View Hanks of 4 ply weight 100% pima cotton - Undyed Aran weight, 100% Organic Merino woolUndyed Aran weight, 100% Organic Merino woolOur price: £9.70Or just £5.70 for our members!View A 100g skein of undyed 100% organic merino wool.
Undyed double knitting cotton 100g hankUndyed double knitting cotton 100g hankOur price: £9.60Or just £6.20 for our members!View Hanks of 100% pima cotton - Undyed Fingering weight Alpaca/Silk/Linen 100gUndyed Fingering weight Alpaca/Silk/Linen 100gOur price: £13.00Or just £7.50 for our members!ViewA luxury yarn that is light, soft and drapey, perfect for making accessories or garments.
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Thistledown is so beguiling. ⁠
The soft cream catching the light, waiting for goldfinches to alight. ⁠
I’m heading to Hawarden today to join the lively people at @thegoodlifesoc and teach about foraged colour and dyeing socks with all kinds of plants. I’m hoping to be able to harvest some thistles as they give a particularly beautiful mustardy yellow.
Though I grew lots and lots of straw flowers for Christmas wreaths back when I had a proper commercial flower business,  it was only this year that I slowed down enough to really see them. ⁠
I’d assumed that they wouldn’t be good for insects until fully out - flat dulled daisies, past the point of picking - but actually wasps seem to pollinate them when they are still tightly furled. ⁠
This patch was wasp central for weeks. ⁠
A few butterflies flitted about, but mainly wasps⁠
I am somebody who needs distance to see a bigger picture. ⁠
For the past couple of months I’ve been really struggling with where Snapdragon Life is, and how to get from here to where I want it to be. ⁠
I filled books and books with notes but was going round in circles - unable to commit to anything with the kind of conviction a small business needs. It was all too fuzzy somehow. ⁠
Now I am away from the Studio. ⁠
Right in the middle of two weeks of walking and eating and photographing gardens and meeting friends and suddenly it is all much clearer. ⁠
I now have 5 sentences written in my phone notes and a high clear soaring route to take. ⁠
The multi talented @katgoldin took this photo of me in the Studio before I left - part of a photo shoot that took almost three years to actually schedule because I will do almost anything to avoid being in front of a camera.
Stained glass as the light gets cooler and the sun lower. ⁠
Bright dahlias arranged in the Studio window last week. ⁠
Earlier this week I saw great swathes of heleniums and dahlias in the potager at @walthamplace so rich amongst the teasels so next year I think I shall move some of the smaller flowered ones into the studio meadow to shine out amongst the grasses.
A couple of weeks ago someone told me that I have too many photos of cats and not enough of dogs.⁠⁠
So here is Dixie, the Studio Dog, in her chair.⁠⁠
Bored . . . . bored . . . bored
My dye cupboard in the Studio. ⁠⁠
Jars of mordants and modifiers and dried plants.⁠⁠
Scraps of fabrics, too beautiful to throw out.⁠⁠
Skeins of yarn waiting to be washed.⁠⁠
A place of infinite possibility.⁠⁠
The lacy scarf hanging on the door is a pale yellow version of my Winter waves pattern which will be in the Seasonal Studio journal when it is published in December.⁠⁠
It is such a lovely simple rhythmic pattern that I've packed a ball of alpaca/linen yarn - dyed a steely grey with tansy and iron - and taken it with me as my road trip knitting.⁠⁠
I'm not a naturally organised person. I am also very messy and the Studio table tends to get cleared in random waves of orderliness.⁠⁠
Sadly this orderliness doesn't include actually being orderly, there is a lot of the
Euan and I have been sleeping in the airstream, officially as a glitch spotting exercise but actually because it is very relaxing.⁠⁠
I wrote about it in my Tuesday letter to Studio Club members this week.  The lure of the tiny house.⁠⁠
One of the interesting things is that you can see the Studio window, with its frothy pinks, from the other side.

About Snapdragon Life

At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.


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