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Natural Dyeing

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Alpaca bed sock blank for natural dyeingAlpaca bed sock blank for natural dyeingOur price: £14.95Or just £8.95 for our members!ViewStart a new hobby and dye your own luxurious alpaca bed socks - perfect as we go into Winter and also great as Christmas gifts.Alum mordant for woolAlum mordant for woolOur price: £2.00Or just £1.00 for our members!View A small pack of alum mordant - (Aluminium Potassium Sulphate) - from a specialist natural dye supplier.Plant dyed linen washbagPlant dyed linen washbagOur price: £25.00Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewBeautiful Scottish linen wash bags dyed in tiny batches with dock leaves and roots from the garden.
Plant dyed tote bag - Dock & TansyPlant dyed tote bag - Dock & TansyOur price: £25.00Or just £18.00 for our members!ViewNaturally dyed organic cotton canvas tote bags.Solar dye your own alpaca bed socks kitSolar dye your own alpaca bed socks kitOur price: £30.00Or just £20.00 for our members!ViewDye your own snuggly alpaca bed socks using the power of the sun.Undyed Aran weight Blue Faced Leicester WoolUndyed Aran weight Blue Faced Leicester WoolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of aran weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.
Undyed Aran weight Organic Merino woolUndyed Aran weight Organic Merino woolOur price: £9.00Or just £6.00 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of aran weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.Undyed DK weight Bluefaced Leicester woolUndyed DK weight Bluefaced Leicester woolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!View An undyed skein of double knitting weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 20g mini skeinsUndyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 20g mini skeinsOur price: £1.80Or just £1.25 for our members!View Mini 20g skeins of undyed wool for natural dyeing
Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 50g hanksUndyed DK weight Peruvian Highland wool - 50g hanksOur price: £3.50Or just £2.50 for our members!ViewAn undyed skein of worsted weight wool - perfect for dyeing with plant based dyes.Undyed Double Knitting weight, 100% Merino woolUndyed Double Knitting weight, 100% Merino woolOur price: £10.00Or just £6.75 for our members!View A 100g skein of undyed 100% merino wool.
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When I was at University it was the time of the Poll Tax, an unpopular tax made even more unpopular by being implemented in Scotland a year before the rest of the UK - 'Thatcher's guinea pigs'.⁠⠀
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It was a time of demonstration and violence with 50,000 marching in Glasgow, 1 million Scots refusing to pay. ⁠⠀
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It was a time Sheriff's Officers and poind sales of possessions. ⁠⠀
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Coalition student groups were formed - Socialist and Feminist and Anarchist and so on - there were big meetings in the Union, debates about a name and a logo and a manifesto. I remember lots of young, middle class, white men talked at length.  I remember that very, very little got done - a bus was organised to take students to Glasgow for the protests. ⁠⠀
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In the meantime, up the hill from the campus, three women (I thought of them as old at the time but I'm sure they were the age I am now) simply stood outside the auctions and asked nobody to attend.  They stood by the front doors, they explained their reasons, they prevailed.  They possibly looked randomly menacing in that way middle aged women can.⁠⠀
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People calmly bought back their possessions for 50p and their debts were squared. Action, meaningful results, a recognition that the personal is political - all while the student groups still debated their slogans.⁠⠀
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I've been thinking about those women a lot recently. If they were the age I think they were, they will be queuing up for their vaccines this month.
In my happy place.⁠⠀
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In the winter months The Studio is the centre of my working life. ⁠⠀
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This was yesterday.  Trimming pieces of vintage velvet fabric for the Studio Club shop; alpaca socks drying in the dispatch room behind me (we now have size 8-10 in stock too); a roll @scottishlinen seconds to experiment with hogging the cutting table.⁠⠀
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Bright and light and inspiring.
Starting the week with a photo from last year (simply because I lost a lot of this weekend to fatigue, so didn't take a new photo.)⁠⠀
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Budgie, my beautiful and psychotic cat, with a windowsill of white amaryllis. ⁠⠀
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Worth a second outing.
The proposed airstream conversion is in for planning permission approval at the moment, so that we change change its use from (neglected) artist's workshop into beautiful holiday accommodation.⁠⠀
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In my vision for this we get to use the paid holidaymaking element to subsidise some artist's residencies - painters, writers, musicians, makers coming here to soak up the landscape and be inspired.⁠⠀
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At the moment though I'm still at the stage of answering environmental health questions about quite how loud I am in my Studio and how we will light the path to the compost loo.
Yesterday my elder daughter, who lives in London, messaged me to say that our local DPD driver Slav was being given an award by @official.dpd.uk for his outstanding service. 

It was because of the hundreds of messages that they had been sent commenting on his helpfulness, incredible good cheer, and parcel based problem solving.⁠⠀

Slav has been an important part of my lockdown life here. ⁠⠀
When roads look like this, good delivery drivers are a vital (and hopefully appreciated) part of life.⁠⠀
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As my younger daughter chimed in “Go Slav!
This photo is from last week - but I see through the gloom that it has snowed overnight .⁠⠀
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This part of the garden is outside our bedroom, the beech hedge borders the road, it used to be a drive when our bedroom was a garage.⁠⠀
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Now it has a birch tree (symbolic for me of my miscarried babies, as I had to leave their actual birch trees behind when we moved here) surrounded by lots of box grown from small plants and cuttings.⁠⠀
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We buried Jasmine, my scruffy miniature schnauzer, here in the summer, so in some ways it is becoming a garden for sitting on the bench and remembering and watching the birds.  I shall ask my ever generous  friend Nadja for some snowdrops to plant in the grass.⁠⠀
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In my mind, eventually, the box balls will become like the ones on the front of @arnemaynardgardendesign book Garden Design Details - but this year they remain unclipped. ⁠⠀
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I suspect box blight in the back garden and @jekkamcvicar points out that unclipped box does not get blight.⁠⠀
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I love old gates - particularly old gates that stand in the middle of old unused spaces, leading to nowhere, keeping nothing in.⁠⠀
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A memory of another time.
Last year - while I was dyeing socks out on my Studio deck, I was also dyeing wool yarn. ⁠⠀
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Wool dyed with docks and nettle, gorse and meadowsweet, onions and plum bark all from the garden and lane.⁠⠀
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Over the winter I gathered the wool skeins together - all the soft bright colours - and knitted myself an oversized stripy jumper. ⁠⠀
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@rhiannonconnelly described it as wearing 'a hug from my garden' and I think she was spot on. ⁠⠀
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The pattern is the 'After the Rain' sweater by @heidikdesigns but with random stripes as I wasn't sure how much of each colour I had. #aftertherainsweater
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