Well, the good news is that I did find a cotswold fleece - can you believe it? I suppose after all that phoning around I deserved one and funnily enough it was local too. So it's been back to washing fleece, boiling up pans of dye, drying things on the Aga as you can see. So much so that I don't think we should eat tonight because I have to get this stuff dry in order to send it off tomorrow. I love the colours up there - the pink, the purple and that orangey red. I had a great experiment with turmeric yesterday - look here:
I boiled both lots of fleece in pomegranate and turmeric and then I put some of the dye in the right hand pot and added IRON. It went very dark. I popped in some of the bright yellow which went instantly olive-y green. WOW. The colour has darkened upon drying but still - a green without overdyeing yellow and blue.
I must take this oppo to thank all of you who came up with some great names for my little dyeing business. You're all amazing. There were some great suggestions like Wild and Woolly which I loved (but is taken by a wool shop), Dream Dyes, From Wool to Wonderful, A Sheep of Many Colours, Dyed in the Wool (also taken), Nature's Fibres. Tom thinks I ought to have a name that I can use for a website too - hence trying to find something that isn't taken. Amber (inspired by Wild and Woolly) came up with Wild About Wool. Tom on the otherhand thinks we ought to cash in on the fact that we live in the Cotswolds so he suggests something like Cotswold Natural Fibres - me I've far too many deadlines in my head to think of anything. So ladies what do you think - any more ideas? A bag of plant dyed wool for the best name...........
Talking of deadlines there are just two weeks to our chistmas fair and I'm beginning to panic. Most of my spare time this week has been taken up with dyeing and bagging up fibres and going to the post office. I still haven't finished the angels and I was planning on making another felted jumpers bag like this one and a couple of these fairy rings - what to do? I suppose I have to be single minded for two weeks and tell myself each day that I have to acheive such and such. Hmmm.....Oh just remembered that I did make a book though on Thursday with a friend. Here it is:
and this is the inside cover:
Cor - I was dead pleased with it. I've always wanted to make a little book. I would love to show you how to make one too but I didn't take any photographs. So what I'll do is make another one next Thursday with said friend and take some pics and guide you through it. It's so simple - all you need is some fabric, bondaweb, sugar paper for the inside, mount board for the cover and some thread. I reckon they'd make nice presents especially as a photo album. Ofcourse, what I want to do next is make a book from this tutorial.........
Well, I have to love you and leave you. It's lancashire hotpot today and I think Tom may want me to move some of the fibre so he can cook some vegetables. Also poor old Amber has the flu, she's been ill since Thursday night and is calling for a hot lemon and honey. Must just tell you that she entered a short story competition run by a (very) local radio station and she won first prize. It was a rodent's view of a particular town. Her story was about a mouse in the supermarket and it was very good. Anyway, she was supposed to go and read it out on the radio yesterday afternoon but she just couldn't go. She felt too dizzy and weak. Poor thing she was very sad about it. She was also asked to take along a copy of her favourite song - well, if you click here you can hear it. Must, must go I can hear muttering in the kitchen.............(tell me if the link doesn't work as I tried the link we had before and it's been removed from youtube it says for violtaing some term or other).