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Ruby Slippers
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
My inspiration comes from Nature, the magical and mysterious and my inner life. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now I realize how I want to be, how I want to live. I want to live with a feeling of wonder and magic, gratitude and appreciation, curiosity and discovery, love and joy, living gently and kindly, making a positive contribution to life as I go through my days doing things I love. Heather Apple
Interests: spinning, knitting (my Ravelry name is WootForWool), dyeing (especially with natural materials), felting, gardening, being in Nature, making little beings and creatures, books and things magical
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Thank you. It is comfy to wear and warmer than I'd expected - not for really cold winters but fine for our winters here in Coastal British Columbia.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on ruana at Ruby Slippers
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My nature is such that I usually make small ‘useless’ things such as treasure holders, little bags, magic wand holders and small books. So it was an undertaking for me to make something large and useful. This ruana is knitted with Gaywool-dyed handspun and mohair as well as miscellaneous novelty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
I love the colours from Nature. And what always amazes me is how all the different colours go so well together.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on alder bark dyeing at Ruby Slippers
The summer before last I got some bark from a tree freshly cut down and I soaked it for weeks and got a darker colour. I planned to do the same with this bark but after a couple of days it started to smell mouldy - possibly because the bark had been picked up out of the mud and it's very wet here in the winter. Coastal British Columbia is mould capital! I love your blog!
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2015 on alder bark dyeing at Ruby Slippers
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Even though my garden is sleeping my dye pot is still busy. For years, a group of alder trees has been leaning precariously over our community mailboxes. Last month they were cut down. My neighbours probably thought – oh good, now they won’t fall on our mailboxes. I thought –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
Thank you. It was such fun to do - gathering together my dyed treasures and sewing them into something I can wear.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2014 on eco-dyed tunic at Ruby Slippers
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When looking through my treasures I realized I’d accumulated a number of bits and pieces of eco-dyed wool fabric. So I decided to make a tabard-type tunic out of them. I’m not a sewer but just the same I want to make more of my own clothes with materials that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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The Japanese indigo stalks that haven’t been cut are covered with beautiful pink and white flowers. I’m hoping they’ll set seed for next year but it’s hard to say as my garden is bordered on the south by the forest and only the tips of the plants get several hours... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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Summer is such a busy time of year for me with dyeing and caring for my large garden. Almost every day I have at least one dyepot or steamer on the hotplate on my deck. Bundles are ongoing. On the left is a bundle with geraniums (which give the pink... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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This time of year our gardens are filled with beautiful flowers. Blossoms can be layered with paper and steamed to make lovely greeting cards, tags, wrapping paper and gift baskets. There are a number of different ways to eco-print paper and this is a description of a steaming method I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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A member of our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gave me some beautiful rusty washers. After happily gloating over my new treasures I bundled some up with yellow onion skins and threw them in my dye pot. One bundle was raw silk fabric. Another bundle was white felt which... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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Deep in the forest the Path Keeper walks shining her light, frightening dark things, showing the way to those who are lost. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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The other day I looked over my last year's planting records and saw that I'd started some early potatoes in my garage planters on March 8. They did very well and I thought, "I think I'll try planting them a week or two earlier this year. The next morning I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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Although I long for gardening season with it's richness of plant materials my dye pots keep busy during the winter. And there are still many plants for winter dyeing. I recently did a pot with some of my winter blooming heather. The spring and winter blooming heathers are all Erica... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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I love making little books. Happily I still have the first book I wrote and illustrated when I was seven - a story about our dachshund Siegfried. This little book here is totally made from fibre and paper dyed with plant materials - mostly French marigolds. The pages were dyed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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These are little bags I made as Christmas gifts for two friends and fellow dye pot stirrers. They're made completely out of plant dyed fabric and fibres. Even the wooden beads are dyed with Rooibos tea. Going through my stash I came across some different coloured wool that I'd carded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Ruby Slippers
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Every year I go to the Waldorf School's Winter Festival to enjoy the magic and watch the children have fun. This year I decided to have some fun myself making a gnome garden and dipping a beeswax candle. Along with the children I chose a wooden slab, a felted gnome... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
They are loving. The red maple is a tree I've known and cared for for years and one who has given me beauty. It makes a lovely shaded shelter over one of Jasmine cat's favourite nooks where she sits and watches me garden (watching all that work totally exhausts her).
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2013 on christmas cards at Ruby Slippers
I've found the leaves give different colours at different times of the year. So they're not only part of the land but they're also part of the seasons.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2013 on christmas cards at Ruby Slippers
Thank you Nancy. They were such fun to make and a lot of fun to give.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2013 on christmas cards at Ruby Slippers
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I'm having great fun this year making my Christmas cards from paper I dyed with autumn leaves. I especially love having cards for family and friends in Australia and England dyed with leaves grown in my garden or a friend's here on the Sunshine Coast. The layering of paper with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
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On the 15th and 16th our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild held its yearly Christmas sale. Two friends and I did a display of The Dyer's Garden with materials we'd dyed with plant materials we'd grown and gathered in our gardens. The beautiful and diverse colours are a celebration... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
The colours are so gorgeous from the last leaves clinging to the tree. The leaves on my tree have all blown off but a friend who has a garden in a more sheltered place let me shake the leaves off her tree. I have a bundle steaming on the stove and a pot of papers steaming on the back porch. It's all I can do to keep from peeking at the papers while they're still steaming!
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2013 on red maple magic at Ruby Slippers
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I have a red maple tree in my garden which turns the most amazing colour in autumn. This weekend I picked leaves that were still on the tree (actually, I touched them and they fell into the basket I was holding beneath them). Did a bundle dyeing with silk and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
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In autumn, something wonderful happens to the leaves of trees and shrubs that makes the hearts of natural dyers beat faster. Colours change and become more intense and seem to be more easily taken up by fabric, fibres and paper. For these prints I put a thick board at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Ruby Slippers