Category Archives: knitting and yarn

madder, mordants and modifiers

I’ve been experimenting with plant dyes for a while but still feel a bit in the dark when it comes to the effects of pH on plant pigments… Lots of experts allude to the importance of pH in their books … Continue reading

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the craft sessions

There’s been some secret crafters business afoot for a while now… and it’s finally gone public! In planning for a matter of years, this beautiful weekend is all about bringing love and joy to folk who enjoy (or want to … Continue reading

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ornamental prunus

You know those purple cherry trees that used to line every street in Melbourne? This is some of the colour held in those purple-black leaves. How strange that red leaves usually yield greens… and that greens are the hardest colours … Continue reading

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sticta

Recently, our dye group worked with the common New Zealand lichen Sticta coronata; unlike many lichens, this species is relatively quick-growing and widespread and so its harvest poses less of a threat to existing populations. Apparently it yields a wide … Continue reading

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pokeberry

I’ve been keen to try dyeing with this weedy species (there are numerous pokes around the world but I’m pretty sure the one found in southern Australia is Phytolacca octandra) since I saw it growing at Werribee Gorge last year. … Continue reading

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purple basil

Once you get a taste for dyeing with plants, you start to question the potential of everything around you: plants in your garden and surrounding landscape, your fridge, your food cupboard and even your medicine cabinet if you’re into herbs! … Continue reading

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ursula

Happy 2013 to you all! I really hope there has been some resting and relaxing in your small corner of the world and that you have some good plans for 2013… we’ve been sweltering in Melbourne since late December (there … Continue reading

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