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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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The needles unlike anything I have ever used Elaine...lethal! I have ready had to send for the special thimble. I couldn't see why I would need it until I actually threaded up and made an experimental start and it was digging into the palm of my hand!
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I went back to the website (eurojapan) where they explained that the spare fabric can be doubled and stitched through or used as backing Caroline. I must keep an eye out for local classes on both the dyeing and the Sashiko.
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I,love it too Erika. Something that I may never really have paid attention to suddenly merits close scrutiny. Macedonia?? Dashes for atlas, not a clue here either.
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Some debate in the book about the ancient Brits scaring off the opposition with woad painted skin Rebecca. Woad leaves will eventually yield the blue dye but it's quite a palava. I am resowing for next year now.
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Carol, I see it everywhere now. Of course it was always there but I love the way a book like this makes me sit up and take notice.
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Avis, thank you, all info gratefully received. I checked with the Market Reeve and she had booked for last Wednesday and this one. No sign of her last week so I am going down today in the faint hope ...he wasn't best pleased that she hadn't turned up so was suggesting he wouldn't let her book again. I found myself pleading with him on her behalf!
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I feel for you Shelley, it's been years since any rain hasn't it?? We moan, but it is hard to imagine life without the occasional downpour. Dryer than usual here this year so we are watering a lot (thanks to the spring supply)
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Elaine, a quilt journal recording thoughts is an excellent idea. I have books various that hold sample of the fabrics I have used and patterns chosen, nothing coherent and all a bit of a mish mash, but as all quilters know, you stitch what is happening in your life into a quilt..and who will know that unless it is written down.
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Walking boots on, rucksacks packed, water bottles filled...we're going on an outing today.... So talk here is of little else but indigo since reading Jenny Balfour-Paul's fascinating book on the subject. When might I find the woman selling the hand-dyed... Continue reading
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There are some exciting moments in the book, s&d and Jenny recounted one, where she had been given some indigo found on a ship wrecked in the 1600s and it was still viable as a dye. She used it...imagine creating something from a dye that was so old.
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Harriet, thank you for that link, what a fascinating place. Probably few and far between now. I'm wondering whether they use natural or synthetic dyes, my French not quite up to figuring that out!
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Pat thank you, I have just nipped across and done an online library reservation for that, sounds like a really good book to read after this one.
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Oh Sarah, how lovely. I have Susan Briscoe's book and maybe you can sort a mild confusion for me. I have sent for a pre-printed panel to get started and it comes printed on one half of the fabric and then there is an equivalent sized piece which is blank...my question is, do you stitch through those two layers, or do you put wadding in between, or just use a single layer...or can you choose from any of those options?? Which book was your cot quilt in...would love to see it.
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It is the most perfect place to write and to think, and I am getting better at recognising bird song too. We have masses of goldfinches this year, maybe because my teazels behind the summerhouse did the trick. Jude I suspect the cricket will be a bit of a trial, but looking forward to some Wimbers which starts today and will cheer your chap on.
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The full title is actually Indigo - Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans which might give you some indication of the scope and breadth of Jenny Balfour-Paul's 250-page scholarly book on a subject I didn't even know I was that interested... Continue reading
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Finally we have reclaimed the summer house after years of children various laying claim to the space for bikes, kayaks, baby ducklings, furniture repository, parties, contents of apartment storage, bachelor pad and the rest. It took us a while to... Continue reading
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...Magnus who, like the Queen, has two birthdays. The actual one of which we have not a clue and the official one which is today, June 25th, the day he chose to come and live with us, and in honour... Continue reading
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So while Magnus is busy watching a butterfly... ...I am high-jacking his prize draw slot. One of the books I am very much looking forward to reading is The Mighty Dead - Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson, and in... Continue reading
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Jude, it was a really special thing to do. I will send you some pics of the grave...who knew it was there...all this time and it took a trip to Oz for us to realise. He was amazed when he read the info board.
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Liz, that is such a lovely idea. We will be visiting my brother's grave up in Surrey sometime this year and this thread and the comments have reminded me to take some stones with me. Flowers so sad when they have gone over and no one there to tidy them. I was thinking about a few seeds as well.
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Linda, you could always build little walls in the garden! I absolutely love that pebble you chose for me in Cromer! Now thinking I must immerse it in water because I bet it would look almost blue.
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Carol, that pic stopped out hearts too as did the film of the bunjee jump over the Falls! All these replies are making want to to head off to a beach and do some scavenging... Tumbled glass...yes!
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Erika, I think Desk Things would make a wonderful book! I suspect we all have little collections do things on our desks that take us somewhere. Mine mostly gifts from children to hold them in my memory, especially Offspringette so far away. She bought me a stripy blue creature which I love, and also sent a little fern tile from NZ which I pick up every day. The Kayaker took on the Tinker's cacti which are apparently thriving.
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Liz, we didn't write on them all so there is memory involved. We were talking about it this week and thinking maybe we should have done numbers and a corresponding list with details as there are so many of them now.
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Kate how amazing...a suitcase full of driftwood, I would have had to do the same. We haven't been beach combing in ages, I think we must go and collect some. I see so many artistic things made using it, so effective.
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