I love it….

…. when a plan comes together…..!

Did you read my last post? I mentioned a new experimental technique. Well, guess what is now nestling in the arm of my computer chair?



Now, these may not look very special – but….

…. THEY WERE ALL DYED IN THE SAME DYEPOT – AT THE SAME TIME! Yes, that lovely gold, which is even better in real life, and the darkish blue next to it both came out of the same pot – along with the bright pinks, oranges and the lilac!

There were other colours too, but that’s enough for now.

S U C H   F U N !

They will be travelling to Cottenham with me next week. I’m off to Textiles in Focus. Are you coming too? Don’t forget to come and say ‘Hi at the Winifred Cottage stand. I’m sure I’ll have some goodies left whichever day you visit.


I may have been quiet…

…. but I have been busy. I have a new project, but I can’t show it to you yet.

However, I can give you a glimpse of what I dyed yesterday….



It’s only a glimpse and will mean nothing. But later this month (or maybe next) it will be incorporated into something. It was doubly exciting to dye because I tried a new experimental technique. I’m really surprised and delighted with the results, so will be working on it a bit more to streamline. What fun!

Results of an experiment.

Some of you will remember this piece of fabric

Those of you that are seeing for the first time need to know that it is cotton fabric, and was dyed in November 3 years ago. It underwent a variety of stages during a dyeing weekend, during which there was much fun and laughter. Everyone produced some stunning fabrics, and it was decided that this one would undergo a transition. So, here it is – transformed!


Right, this is what happened. Once dyed, rinsed, washed and ironed it was duly folded. A comfortable place was sought, and there it remained for a whole year.  It then spent another year in the same place, but now partially covered by a sketchbook. Last November the sketchbook was removed, and now you are seeing the final result.

Not a very scientific experiment, but it does prove a point. I left it in the conservatory, in full sun whenever there was any, and as you will see, something definitely happened.

Here is the folded piece. You can see how much lighter it is around the edges, the part that was exposed for longest, but there is still a good amount of colour in the middle, the area covered for part of the time.

However, from this picture you can see that the ‘sketch booked’ part has lost colour, even though it missed a year of sun

This closeup reinforces the extent of the sun bleaching.