Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wonderwool Wednesday

It's that time of year again..the start of the run of woolly shows all over the country.  For me, Wonderwool always signifies the start of the season and is generally my favourite show but unfortunately,  I won't be there this weekend.   Luckily though, my bags and needle rolls will still be on sale so if you are lucky enough to be heading for Mid-Wales, have an amazing scotch egg from Neil then head over to Emma at Atomic Knitting who will have a range of my usual bits and bobs.

If you are looking for something a little more different from Nicsknots, hop over to see Deb at The Mulberry Dyer.  Over the last few months I have been lucky enough to work with Deb to make some bags using some very special fabric she has expertly dyed, using her historical dyes.

Deb has been working as an historical dyer since the early 90’s and started dyeing cloth at Warwick Castle during a demonstration of 17th century Dyeing. Since then she has had commissions from Hampton Court Palace, The Weald and Downland Museum and various other Museums to supply cloth for historical costume.

The wool cloth used for the bags is a diamond twill suitable for mediaeval gowns and doublets dyed with Madder and Brazilwood.  The fabric is extremely hardwearing.  The lining is beautiful Ahimsa Silk (Peace silk) again dyed with Brazilwood with the addition of Logwood to darken it.

The linen for the Karrie Bags was an experiment in stenciling using modern extract dyes. Linen was always the fabric worn next to the skin as it was easier to wash that heavy wool.

Have a great time if you get to Wonderwool! 

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