Monday, 5 April 2010

Goodness me - what a day! The bank holiday crowds were out in force at Duchy Square today and I met a charming young man who is studying entomology at university and was really interested in the silkworm sagas. He was surprised that I let my moths emerge, as he was under the very common misconception that you can only use fibre from unbroken cocoons. Hope he'll spread the word, and even more I hope the leaf buds begin to burst soon!

The woad is coming along nicely, and I look forward to a good crop this year, but my Japanese indigo has failed to show any signs of germination yet.

I remeber saying weeks ago that I would post the pix of the yarn I had mordanted when it was dyed, so am going to attach an image of it as it is stocked at The Art Chapel in Moretonhampstead. These are all natural dye extracts - environmentally sound, fantastic colours and so easy to use.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

The Netherlands

Well, still no oak leaves so the cocoons are still in the fridge. But I have been to The Netherlands for the annual teaching trip and these are some photos of the yarns my students designed from their images. Didn't they do well?!