Category: red yellow blue

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Birch catkins, dandelion nettle and rhubarb leaf

In the recent good weather (which seems to have deserted us today) I finally started dyeing again. Here are the pots I was running yesterday, with rhubarb leaf and birch catkinsI was moving on to cotton, which is notoriously more difficult than the wool I’d had so much fun with in the autumn. I cut…
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May 23, 2018 0

Slow Stitch by Claire Wellesley-Smith

I was attracted to this book when I saw it in the V&A shop last summer by the low-key illustrations – the subtle colours, simple stitches, the neatness and regularity of her technique, and the care represented by the samples of sewing – there’s a gentle observant rhythm to them which is modest but not…
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November 23, 2017 0

The First Colours

Here they are, my first dyed yarns. It’s been an exciting time. I was lucky enough to find dyestuffs locally – acorns, a branch off a cherry tree, which I stripped to make bark chippings, and, most unexpected of all, some privet berries. Most privet bushes are clipped within a inch of their lives, don’t…
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November 3, 2017 1

Colouring the Autumn

Not quite so big on poetry this week, though the outlines of my ‘red yellow blue’ project are falling into place. The herb beds are getting cleared and rearranged so that plants have more room to spread themselves about. All the plants I have moved seem to be thriving and the violets have even thrown…
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October 16, 2017 0