I wrote this ages ago and hadn't got around to posting - I'm trying to get a business started and all sorts of other things have got in the way of blogging - I shall try to be more regular now - so much has been going on I've got loads to pass on.
As I mentioned in my previous post a group of us get together every year and go down to West Dean (near Chichester) where we demonstrate natural dyeing at the Wholly Herbs open
weekend. Each year we come away with a plethera of little woolly samples all dyed in those lovely shades that only come from natural dyeing.
The way we do it is to pre-mordant and wind all the skeins - 5 skeins to a batch - mordanted with alum, chrome, copper, tin and one left plain to be after bathed with iron. Each batch is put into a dye bath and we consequently get 5 colours from each one.
After the show the skeins are wound into balls, then the balls are passed to me to turn into a mini afghan - which is then shown at next years show.
This years finished afghan