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April 4, 2014

preparing the garden for Spring planting

deep digging to rid the garden of the extremely invasive Japanese anemone

 accidentally dug up a large rhubarb root, the dirt is scrubbed off with an old toothbrush

P1040709in Natural Dyes  Dominique Cardon gives instructions for dyeing wool yellow/orange

think I’ll give it a try on silk


the natural dyed silk hankies are spinning up slowly

Carole Sabiston’s retrospective exhibition – Everything Below, All of the Above

at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

is well worth a visit

P1040686my favorite piece titled – Royal Fireworks Suite, 1984

she works in very large-scale,  this piece covers an entire wall

P1040687layers of small fabric strips and pieces sandwiched between net and top stitched

then cut into strips vertically or on the diagonal and re-joined

the colours are stunning

P1040690after a trip to Japan

P1040701Japan Journey  1979

P1040691Self Portrait: The Cocktailer, 1984

recycled fabrics and labels are used in many pieces

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2014 7:47 pm

    For sure lots of gardening needing doing right now. Rhubarb root is a really nice strong dye. I got some to play with a few years ago when my rhubarb needed dividing. It even permanently stained the plastic bucket that I collected it in! Your silk hanky yarn is very pretty too.


    • April 5, 2014 9:01 pm

      Louisa – the root is now soaking after 1 hour simmer – colour is very strong. Dyeing tomorrow.


  2. April 4, 2014 5:31 pm

    Spring is a great time of the year. Love that yarn.


    • April 4, 2014 5:37 pm

      Hi Myra – I’m digging my indigo plot between doing the taxes. I love the new life and growth.


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