It was cooler down south!

Yesterday I had my regular stall at Margaret River Makers Market – I have to say that I debated very hard with myself about whether to go or not – the weather forecast was 40 degrees celcius!  Finally told myself that if all the stall holders decided it was too hot there would be no market and that wouldn’t be fair to the organiser.  Off I went in the cool of the morning and was pleasantly surprised that the morning was not too bad at all.  I love the vibe at this market – there are always lots of people around and all really interested in what the stallholders are doing. Each market I get to meet another stallholder and chat – it is a great way to meet like minded people, network and share information.  A new seller was next to me yesterday – a really interesting young man whose hobby is blacksmithing – he was selling some wonderful handmade hooks and bottle openers he is making from old railway spikes – another great example of up cycling! I am so glad to see that the old skills are not dying out.

On my way home I stopped in Cowaramup for some lunch – fantastic service at the Cowtown Diner and Delikatessan  – sandwich made to order – their salad included avocado and home made mayonnaise – and the owner came from around the counter to open the door for me on the way out – old fashioned service indeed.

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Feeling Blue!

Ordering dyes for the lace in the previous post encouraged me to include a couple of experimental natural colours too.

These are the results from the gardenia natural dye – the most brilliant turquoise blue – very pretty and a total change from the soft, muted colours of the australian bush.  This dye required two mordants – tannin and alum – this makes it into a lengthy process before you even put the colour onto the cloth.  I much prefer India Flint’s methods – it suits my impatient nature!

Linen shirt bundled with two species of prunus leaves and dyed in gardenia natural dye.

Linen shirt bundled with two species of prunus leaves and dyed in gardenia natural dye.

Linen shirt dyed with natural gardenia dye

Linen shirt dyed with natural gardenia dye

A Rainbow of Lace!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season – I gave myself a break from all but general  computer “stuff”. Sadly the holidays are over for most people and we are all back in our usual work routines.

I had a little fun this week dyeing a selection of laces for a commission – it is such fun starting with  white or cream laces and ending up with a rainbow of colours at the end of the dyeing session. These laces were dyed with fibre reactive dyes.

A rainbow of laces dyed this week for a customer

A rainbow of laces dyed this week for a customer