Today I dyed 50g of Regia for Hand-Dye 4ply yarn with the flowers from some dyer’s chamomile (anthemis tinctoria) from the bottom of my garden.
The books said use at least an equal weight of the flower-heads to the yarn, but to get the best possible chance of a stronger colour I used more than 4 times as much – 215 grams of fresh flower heads for 50g of yarn. I’d mordanted the yarn overnight, so all I had to this morning was boil the flower heads for an hour, then add the yarn and leave it to simmer for another hour.
I took up knitting a few years ago for something to occupy myself with in the evening, and despite its ‘old lady’ image found there’s a lot of lively, young knitters out there in the community and a ton of yarny inspiration to be found online. From knitting my own garments I got interested in […]
I’ve been hearing a lot of praise for the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paints, so I finally treated myself this month for Treat Day*. So many happy people can’t be wrong, right? The paints are available in different size sets, containing from 6 to 72 pans of colour, and I decided to get the 36-pan set […]
Art journal pages. Gesso, acrylic paint, inkpen, Ordnance Survey map, distressing ink, inkjet printouts, original photographs.