Fallen Leaves of Autumn

It’s a blustery day, the trees are getting barer and the golden and red leaf carpet is getting thicker, Samhainn is approaching. I wrote a couple of posts ago about my recent obsession with knitting and felting leaves with the fibres I had dyed autumnal colours: here’s a selection of the finished products. All available…

Wonderful Woad

Much as I enjoy dyeing with foraged weeds, since the result is nearly always a variant of yellow it is good to try an alternative colour from time to time. The blues from indigo and woad are exciting because of their vividness, and the magic of the slightly tricky process needed to achieve them. Having…

Needle-felted Gifts

It’s a bit of a grim time in UK politics, and making beautiful things in response is not (only) a welcome distraction, it’s also a mode of resistance. Audre Lorde wrote ‘Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare‘. I’d add that small acts of caring for…