Natural Dyeing Experiments: Apricot Bark & Root

For a number of years we’ve tried a range of different approaches to try and save a very old and rather diseased and fungal apricot tree in the garden. The reason for this was largely sentimental rather than practical connecting us, via my parents-in-law, to the person who previously lived in this house and farmed … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Apricot Bark & Root

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Walnuts – What a Tease!

Remember those wizened walnuts that I spoke about in my Natural Dyeing introductory post? Well, I eventually got around to trying them out… and I’m butting back in at the beginning of this post because between drafting this post and publishing it, I’ve also experimented with walnut leaves, so I’ll talk about that here too. … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Walnuts – What a Tease!

Mills in our Midst 2: Peter Green, Bradley & Cononley

Today, I want to share another instalment of the Mills in our Midst series. In this series I start with a ball, or in this case a scrap, of vintage ‘mystery’ yarn and use it to dig a little deeper into the industrial and social and economic histories of our craft, and reflect on our lived experience of … More Mills in our Midst 2: Peter Green, Bradley & Cononley

The New Cowl Neckline: A Long-awaited Cast On but a Speedy Finished Object

It’s been a while since I shared any knitting finished objects or ‘FOs’, despite there having been quite a few, so I thought I’d jump back into it with a top that I’ve been knitting in my head for years, but only just got around to actually knitting. Does that happen to you? Sometimes, if … More The New Cowl Neckline: A Long-awaited Cast On but a Speedy Finished Object

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

After a couple dyeing experiments using less conventional dyeplants, I thought it was time to reward myself with something a little more recognised… and to also put a stop to my beheading these wonderfully cheery flowers until I was sure they could deliver a colour that surpassed what I could achieve with garden waste. Dyer’s … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

Vitalbini

In my last post a made reference to Old Man’s Beard/Clematis Vitalba shoots being edible and being eaten here in Tuscany. Not to leave any stone unturned I thought I should at least give it a go and report back… The edible bit of the plant is the new growing shoot, so I picked those … More Vitalbini