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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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In the summer of 2011 I dyed some wool with onion skins using a variety of mordants. I spun the wool and put it in a basket for our Sunshine Coast Fibreshed display. This past winter I started knitting it into a shawl which I recently finished. The green wool... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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This is the third summer that some members of our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild have grown and dyed with Japanese indigo. I have six garbage pails planted with Japanese indigo – 3 plants per pot. This is more than I need but I grow extra for those who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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When I came home from our Guild's spin-in yesterday I found that a Good Fairy had left a smoke bush on my driveway. I guessed who the Good Fairy was - my friend Dorothy knows that a smoke bush is a bundler's Bliss. This morning I planted it and it... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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Unfortunately this picture of horsetail is taken in my garden – in a bed which has been overrun with it. I have to admit, however, that this time of year it’s really quite pretty. I cooked up a basket of horsetail - pulling it up where it’s invading the path.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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It’s time to clear the frozen flowers from last year’s garden out of the freezer. Top left to right: fresh silver dollar flowers, fresh orange rhododendrons, frozen pink and purple hollyhocks. Bottom left to right: frozen purple iris, frozen delphinium flowers, frozen purple petunias. I used a version of India... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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I wanted a quick knitting project and I love making little bags. So I knitted this little bag from curly mohair dyed with natural dyes. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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Some years ago I needle felted a family of mushrooms and put them in our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild’s Christmas sale. They sold, and while I felt happy that they went out into the world, I was also a bit sad to see them go. A couple of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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My dye pot has been simmering away on my deck. Winter, when my garden is asleep, is a wonderful time for bark dyeing. Last summer a friend gave me some apple bark peeled from pruned branches and I put it to soak in a back corner of my deck. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
Thank you for your lovely comment Gloria. I am happy to have discovered your beautiful blog and share a bit in your inner and outer Journey.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on summer sunshine on a winter day at Ruby Slippers
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When I was dyeing with Japanese indigo last summer I pre-mordanted one roving and some silk with alum so that I could experiment with over dyeing. I decided to raid the stash of frozen flowers I have stuffed in my freezer and use them to over dye the blue wool... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Ruby Slippers
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 Jan 29, 2015 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