I am walking 26 miles on the Clarendon Way Sunday 3rd June 2018 to raise money for Naomi House & Jackspace Hopsices
‘Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to hundreds of life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. Our vision is that every child, young person and their families receive the care services they need, when and where they need them and for as long as needed. That’s why we need your help. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference on good days, difficult days and last.’
Please donate anything you can on my JustGiving page, so that they can continue to care for children who need it most. Thank you
‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves Exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery, Birkhamsted starts on Tuesday 18th July. Lots of great work on show
We are back at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a winter exhibition 31st January – 20th February 2017 10am-5pm daily (last entry to gardens 4pm)
The exhibition will be new work, some of which has been inspired by the Winter Garden. The members of the group will be stewarding throughout and would be delighted to answer any questions.
The Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally was a great success with lots of visitors and great exhibition stands. There is a week off before the Dublin Show at the RDS 20th – 23rd October, where we can be found on stand TG9.
‘Marks & Stitch’ Gallery
‘Ancient Woodland’ detail
‘Water’s Edge’ – Sold
‘Water’s Edge II’ – Sold
‘Birch Bark’ £80
‘Oak Bark’ – Sold
‘Birch Bark III’ £80
This week the Knitting & Stitching comes to Alexandra Palace, London 5th-9th October. If visiting come and say hello on stand TG8 where ‘Marks & Stitch‘ group are exhibiting for the first time. Then it moves to Dublin 20th-23rd October, and finally to Harrogate 24th-27th November.
In Ethel Mairet’s book ‘Vegetable Dyes’ there are many recipes to follow or a list of British Dye Plants listed under colour. Under ‘purple’ was Dandelion root, which I thought pretty unlikely as it would have been mentioned in other dye book. Up for a challenge I thought why not have a go. Lucy Jenner at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft sent 10g of linen, my thread of choice.
Dandelion root found on our allotment…..
Taking Jenny Dean’s recommendation for dyeing with dock root I washed and cut up the dandelion root and soaked it for a day. Then ‘boiled’ for a couple of hours……..
Mordanting the thread from Ether Mairet’s description for linen was slightly different to how I would normally (5% Alum Acetate of dry weight of thread). Firstly she recommended using a tannin solution (I made from Sumac leaves), followed by mordanting in Alum Acetate twice, rinsing and drying between batches….
There was a reference to ‘fixing’ the mordant by passing through a weak solution of ‘chloride of lime’ which sounded rather toxic so I made a weak alkali solution using a couple drops of ammonia with lots of water. I have no idea if this made any difference to the result. The thread was simmered in the strained dandelion root dye for about 45 mins, cooled in the solution, rinsed, dried then washed.
In the end did I achieve purple?……sadly no, the colour was very similar to the dye solution, a pale soft yellow/olive green. In my haste to send it off to Ditchling Musuem of Art + Craft I forgot to take a photo, so you’ll have to visit the museum instead.
Great project to get involved with
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft are celebrating the centenary of the first edition of weaver and dyer Ethel Mairet’s book ‘Vegetable Dyes’, written and printed in Ditchling where she lived. The exhibition /live research project at the museum is to recreate each recipe (around 100) from her book.
Textile artists are encouraged to take part by selecting a recipe from the first edition ‘Vegetable Dyes’ and contact Lucy Jenner at the museum who will provide all the details of the project and how to get involved. The growing exhibition will feature labelled thread samples of wool, silk, cotton and linen.
Exhibition runs from 17th September 2016 – April 2017 Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft