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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 alpaca socksPlant dyed alpaca socksOur price: £27.95Or just £18.50 for our members!ViewThe cosiest of house socks.
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.Set of three 20g mini skeins- Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland woolSet of three 20g mini skeins- Undyed DK weight Peruvian Highland woolOur price: £5.40Or just £3.55 for our members!View A set of three 20g skeins of beautiful undyed wool that are perfect for natural dyeing experiments.
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 - 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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The packing bench in the studio.⁠⠀
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Sometimes I turn around and things just look so pretty together.⁠⠀
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Labelling pale pink socks with the plant they were dyed with and the date they went into the dye pot.⁠⠀
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The perfect almond glue for sticking paper, jute string for tying things up.⁠⠀
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Amazingly I didn't even have to tidy up to take a photo - though it is quite a tight crop and the background is a blur.⁠⠀
For the past year the bedroom windowsill has been neglected. It has had stones and bones and the blue speckled pot of bird food, but no flowers.⁠⠀
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I couldn't really work out why.⁠⠀
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Then, as soon as I got the urge to line up my vases again,I realised what the problem had been. ⁠⠀
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In March last year - as I was shielding and Euan is a front line worker - I moved to the spare room. ⁠⠀
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I was very, very bad at it - despite the room being very nice - and huffed and moped and felt I was being punished. I eventually slunk back to my own bed after two months. ⁠⠀
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The deal was that if Euan thought it was a risk he would phone from work and I would move my things back to the spare bedroom.⁠⠀
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I kept expecting - despite all the precautions, the scrubs, the showering - that I might have to go back. ⁠⠀
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Last week I had my second jab, the numbers look good, and, though Scotland is behind England in opening up, I can see the country beginning to relax. ⁠⠀
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It felt safer, I went and found a jug for the cherry blossom.
I began doing freehand embroidery when my daughters were tiny - a deliberate wiggle and flourish when hemming seemed preferable to my wobbly attempts at keeping the needle straight.⁠⠀
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Then, when I began to sew commercially to have some income in the winter months, it seems like the perfect technique.⁠⠀
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Getting the chance to exhibit at the Country Living Fair in 2005 got me speeded up and it certainly felt like my thousands of hours were put in then.⁠⠀
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Today I start teaching an e-course to Studio Club members which will hopefully enable them to begin drawing with they sewing machines.⁠⠀
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The module that will arrive with them today is all about machines and materials - with the message that the simpler the machine the better.⠀
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It gave me a chance to tidy my sewing desk.
Today is the last day to sign up as a member of the Studio Club.⁠⠀
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So if you are ready for more connection and creativity in your life . . . .⁠⠀
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If you could do with a bit of calm and gentle joyfulness . . . . ⁠⠀
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If you want to find out more about the living things around you . . . to slow down . . . to feel more 'at home' . . .⁠⠀
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Then head over to my website snapdragonlife.com to find out more.⁠⠀
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There is a 'Pay what you can' option -  it is always the most difficult to get people to sign up for, and yet I know if would be perfect for so many.
It has been a joy this week to see the bantam hens all out enjoying their freedom.⁠⠀
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It is the one point in the year when we have an abundance of eggs - they are late starters and then hide them all as soon as the weather warms up.⁠⠀
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I have been spending time sitting watching them peck around the orchard - feathers ruffled by the wind, heads down eyes trained for tasty morsels.⁠⠀
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I decided to make a hen embroidery the last part of the 'freehand machine embroidery' e-course that starts on Tuesday. ⁠⠀
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The aim is to break downtime the processor freehand embroidery into very simple steps - with a different exercise each week, building skills and confidence until you can draw with a sewing machine by week 5.⁠⠀
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The course is included in the Studio Club membership - if you want to take it live, week by week, you have 24 hours to join up.  Details on snapdragonlife.com
This week I have been drawn to white and bright and light.⁠⠀
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In the flowers I picked for the Studio Window.⁠⠀
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In the cool white Scottish linen I've been embroidering.⁠⠀
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It's a clean feeling, a throwing off - probably because I've been stuck with a dragging, draining fatigue for a few weeks.⁠⠀
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It's that wondrous clarity that you get when you realise that you can open your eyes wide again.
If I could persuade people of two things they would be . . .⁠⠀
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1. to seek alternatives for domestic cut flowers until their local field flowers are blooming (which is almost now here in Scotland ).⁠⠀
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2. to pay attention to the daily changes where you live.⁠⠀
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These are snippets of hawthorn and hornbeam hedge arranged in test tubes - but they could also be in bottles or small vases and they could be any kind of deciduous tree or shrub. ⁠⠀
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Every day they emerge a little more, every hour they catch the light in a different way.  All week they have made me smile.⁠⠀
Last year I dumped a load of finished tulips from pots into a metal box, intending to plant them out in the garden.⁠⠀
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I completely forgot and all summer the box looked as through it was just a heap of used compost.⁠⠀
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Most days I walked past it - always intending to take it to the compost heap - until last month it began to sprout.⁠⠀
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This is some of the 'free' (if rather mangled) tulips from the box.⁠⠀
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I have replanted them into the old terracotta pots and propped up the wayward stems with bits of hedge.⁠⠀
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Then - I promise - I shall plant them out properly when the finish flowering this time.
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