The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Spring has, I think, definitely sprung. I did think much the same a few weeks ago but it seems that I was a little premature as we then had a week of rain (the first in months) and the temperatures dropped. This time I’m a little more confident that while it’s still a little chilly in the shade, the fierceness of the full sun means it’s here to stay. Other tell are signs include: having … More The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

Do you ever have those days when you’re just getting on with things, doing chores while your mind wanders, and then you’re stopped in your tracks by the sheer joy of something. A joy you’d forgotten about. I had this feeling today about, of all things, rhubarb! I was making my ever popular and much requested rhubarb shortbread. I do it every year and that’s perhaps why I wasn’t thinking much about it until I … More Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

Fashion Revolution Week: Money Fashion Power #WhoMadeMyClothes

Today marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week 2022. While the title may not be so familiar, hopefully the hastag #WhoMadeMy Clothes will resonate, and perhaps also, #WhatsInMyCothes and #LovedClothesLast. Today I want to say a ‘few’ words about each and I’ll direct you to some fabulous resources which explore these issues in depth but also with precision and concision. The theme for this year’s Fashion Revolution is week ; MONEY FASHION POWER a triptych … More Fashion Revolution Week: Money Fashion Power #WhoMadeMyClothes

Low intensity natural plant dyeing in Winter: A simple, step by step, anyone can do it, guide

In my previous natural dyeing post I talked about using a new to me method of low intensity dyeing that used the heat generated by our woodburning stove and time. Today I thought I’d share a quick guide to this approach so you can easily see how you could adapt it to suit your circumstances, and integrate elements of it in your dyeing practice should you wish to do so. If you’ve never dyed before, … More Low intensity natural plant dyeing in Winter: A simple, step by step, anyone can do it, guide

Meaningful Making: International Women’s Day and making as an intervention in the world

When I started thinking about writing a post for International Women’s Day (8th March…) I wasn’t sure how possible it would be to think beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Then ‘just’ 1.5 million people – read women and children – had been displaced. At that point I thought that my International Women’s Day post would focus on how imperial wars led by men impact on women, children, our communities, and our futures. As I … More Meaningful Making: International Women’s Day and making as an intervention in the world