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it’s Spring

March 6, 2020

the garden is calling

the cedar hedge needs pruning

it is a big job – 3 days so far with just 3 more trees to go

but then, it is so thick that it needs pruning from the inside too

all the up and down on the step ladder is better than going to the gym

the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the plum blossoms are blooming

natural dyeing for March is less than exciting

avocado ( approx. 14)- using the pit and the peel separately – dried

many sources report getting pink – that has never been my experience

the background cloth is an old linen guest towel dyed several years ago

a light peachy beige

from the left – dyed with pits chopped into 1/4″ pieces – wool, silk and cotton

following skeins – again wool, silk and cotton

the handspun raw silk didn’t take any colour

here they are with the same fibres together

wool, silk and cotton

the dye material was soaked for 2/3 days before simmering and then adding the fibre

alum mordant and tannin/alum on the cotton

it is a little more exciting when you see the 3 months together

tea, coffee, yellow and purple onions and the avocado

I definitely won’t be doing avocado again

the lamb’s wool is finished

and so is the 30 gms. of chemically dyed silk

it is really hard to beat the colour and feel

there is not much weaving being done – and tomorrow it is back to the garden

as long as it doesn’t rain



8 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    March 7, 2020 3:21 am

    That hedge is quite a challenge! But isn’t it nice to get out in the sun and the garden again after winter? I love the colours of your natural dyes. I did go on a couple of courses run by my friend but really I can’t have another hobby!


    • March 7, 2020 8:23 am

      Sue – even up a ladder listening to the birds makes me feel happier. I’ve been dyeing for 40 years and it all started from my interest in gardening and the things that grow around us.

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  2. March 7, 2020 2:08 am

    We had a sunny day yesterday, was out gardening all day and feel so much better for it. I have never got pink from avocado either though friends have.


    • March 7, 2020 8:27 am

      Debbie – I wonder if avocados from different countries etc. and whether they are dried or frozen makes a difference – so many variables. No matter, whatever the colour it is rather pale and there are much better sources.


  3. lagriccia permalink
    March 7, 2020 12:02 am

    How interesting to see your experiments with avocado’s skin/pits. I haven’t tried yet (with your precious advice, thanks again) but your results surprise me: I also read that you can get beautiful pinks…


    • March 7, 2020 8:32 am

      Blandina – you definitely can not believe everything you read. Better to put your time into more reliable materials.
      Cochineal is my “go to” for pink. Also pale madder gives a peachy pink and a very light lac gives a mauve pink.


  4. March 6, 2020 5:34 pm

    The sunshine is so alluring!


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