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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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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
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On October 19th five of us from the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild volunteered to demonstrate dyeing with mushrooms at the fifth annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival put on by Shroom. It was a wonderful event celebrating the rich diversity of mushrooms that grow on the Sunshine Coast. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
The marigolds are wonderful for gold. It's worth the nightly patrols with flashlight in hand to pick off marauding slugs!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2013 on lots of bundles at Ruby Slippers
I love looking at these kinds of Cloth too. And I love the whole process of growing and gathering, the bundling and heating and then the excitement of opening. And the plants that gave the dyes have a shared history with me - the onion skins from onions I grew in my garden and ate for dinner, the eucalyptus from a friend who recently passed away, the marigolds from the plants I picked slugs off on my nightly slug patrol.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2013 on lots of bundles at Ruby Slippers
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My summer garden has turned into an autumn garden with the cool, wet days of fall and the sinking of the sun below the forest that lies to the south of me. I gathered the last of the faithful marigolds and along with red maple leaves, windfall leaves, some rusty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
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One summer at camp we were divided into teams and given a list of things to find. The team who found everything first won the Treasure Hunt. I found it very exciting to run around looking for special and unusal items and ever since then I have loved looking for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
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The Sunshine Coast Botanical Gardens invited our Spinners and Weavers Guild to participate in their Harvest Festival on Labour Day weekend. We set up a table for flower pounding which was very popular, especially with the kids. One enthusiastic little boy came back three times. Our members were there with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
I saw the yurts being built from the ground up. It was such a vision on the part of Yvonne Stowell who has created a marvellous and special place. With the gallery, workshops, shop (we're an expensive ferry ride from anywhere) and gathering place it's a rich resource for the community. There's something about being in a round building that seems to speak to me on a deep level.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2013 on spin-in at the yurts at Ruby Slippers
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On the last Thursday of the month the talented and warm-hearted Yvonne Stowell (left) hosts a spin-in at her yurts at the FibreWorks Gallery in Pender Harbour. There are three large yurts - a gallery, a space for workshops and Yvonne's studio. The present exhibit was Primitive Elegance by Marilyn... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Ruby Slippers
Really! I feel I should do another pounding with it or use it to stamp something.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2013 on flower pounding revisited at Ruby Slippers