dizzy enjoying her new bed
I grew many flowers in the valley for our sons wedding, collected lots to dye my Jacob fleece, mixed with onion skins and a sneakily bought Cochineal, alum mordant. Art yarn spun on my Ashford county 2 (still getting used to it), woven on my Brinkley Loom. Fabric needs finishing and will then be made into cushions for a lovely lady who commissioned them.
well we thought we’d give the girls a rest this year. Although we do eat our own stock the primary reason we keep a few sheep is for their lovely fleeces oh and as lawn mowers otherwise the valley would return to scrub land. One of the boys last year matured rather early we think, this wee one is so cute, a little girl, always a relief.
looks like my chain plying is improving. This yarn is made by me from our own small flock of Jacob sheep. It was mordanted with alum then dyed with dyers chamomile, onion skins and three exhausts of cochineal. It amazes me how strong cochineal is, so few wee dried beasties. I then spun on my Ashford and chain plyed. Think I will crochet some new cushions for Liy and Ruby our retro caravans which we are spring cleaning ready for the season. They should be up on air b&b in May, watch this space.
The sheep need to be treated to stop nasty fly strike. Good job there’s a son home to help.
Fiona and Lily enjoying another sunny Devon day
Lily is enjoying her new lease of life and so are we.
Lily in Devon evening sunshine
Lily and her friend The Sheperds’ Hut go to a wonderful party to celebrate a 50th, 21st and 18th.
Soon to be for sale on Esty…when i work out how to!! Don’t think i will put them in the caravans. By the way Ruby is ready for hire, just awaiting her gorgeous stripy awning to arrive, more photos soon. Check out http://www.devonvalleyglamping.co.uk
bluebell wood inspired weavings made into cushions
Three cushions made with Devon Wildlife Trust Halsdon bluebell wood weavings. This was so much fun, I have backed them with some fantasic blue fabric. Nicola Wood produced several designs for Heals in the early to mid 1960’s. Her work is rather distinctive, all the pieces I have come across have a very painterly, abstract, expressionist quality. ‘Vibration’ is typical of this style. The fabric is 100% cotton barkcloth, very typical of the period.
After seeing the colours in Halsdon Forest using a mixture of hands spun home dyed and bought yarns.
May 3rd in Halsdon Woods near Dolton North Devon, a Devon Wildlife Forest. This weeks sees the floor of Halsdon covered in bluebells, wild garlic and white anemones. This was truly beautiful and smelt divine too.