Calendarium : July

calendarium : july

Part of the Calendarium series in which I make a piece every month dyed with whatever I find outside at that time.

This piece of silk was dyed a lot more than it might seem at first glance. Eucalyptus and cherry leaves have been falling and I made the background with those. Fuchsias and lobelias are in flower and steamed they left red and blue marks. Then a bath of home-grown dyer's chamomile added a gently glowing yellow. It overshadowed most of the subtle flower prints but their memory lives on in the fibres regardless.

It turned out to be a nude sort of colour like bare feet in the grass and the feeling of a warm breeze on bare skin. Flying on the simple and carefree wings of summer.

The wings have a feather-like ruffled edge and are quite densely smocked. A row of golden glass beads catches the sun.

They are going in the shop now. Normally I would wait a day or so but I'm leaving for the weekend tomorrow morning so it has to be now.

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Apple of Her Eye

apple of her eye

I was curious about the origin of the expression and found this:

"The original Hebrew for this idiom, in all but Zechariah 2:8, was 'iyshown 'ayin (אישון עין), and can be literally translated as "Little Man of the Eye." This is a reference to the tiny reflection of yourself that you can see in other people's pupils."

The Little Man of the Eye? Interesting...

This necklace came about spontaneously after a dream I had of a handsome teenage son I was very proud of. He was truly an apple of my eye.

You can find it in the shop tomorrow (Saturday).




new five

The work here has been more summer-paced lately. I've been dyeing with madder and indigo in the newly refreshed vat and here are the fruits: five new feathers in juicy colours.

They are flying in the shop in a moment. There are also a few other things on sale if you'd like to take a look.

Next up - something for July Calendarium.


Lessons of the Labyrinth

white horses

It was a magical time. One evening the waves turned into white horses. Another night the bay was an alchemical vessel where the big red sun setting into the ocean stood directly opposite the full pearly moon rising over the hills.

Every day I drew large labyrinths into the sand and then walked them. The path turns and turns around the outer circuits and just when the pilgrim starts to lose faith there are two breakthroughs that take her right next to the centre. Encouraged she walks on only to be lead further and further away again. She may begin to despair but if she trusts the path it will soon take her right to the heart of the labyrinth but not before she has faithfully covered its entire surface with her footsteps.


Midsummer Night

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A little magic on St John's Eve. Every day I'm grateful to be living in this beautiful, old garden.

This week I finished another (reserved) poppy necklace and am taking the rest of the time off. Next week I'll be by the sea and away from the internet. See you after that.


Larger Greens

larger greens

Here's the second half of the recent green family. In the shop now.

We're going away for the weekend. A. is looking forward to playing with other people and I'm taking some work with me.


Calendarium : June

calendarium : June

Part of the Calendarium series in which I make a piece every month dyed with whatever I find outside at that time.

In June a lot of eucalyptus leaves fell in the garden from the neighbour's tree. A. helped me collect them and they were certain to go in the dye pot. The silk for this necklace was first steamed and then dyed with eucalyptus, rose and birch leaves. It gave a pleasing old gold colour. Then I wanted something darker for the centre, forgot I was making a Calendarium piece and reached for the humble but always useful onion skins. Not found outside but perhaps capturing June's slightly distracted flavour. Bumbling with the bumble bees...

The silk has deep pleats and the round shape of a flower. The centre is decorated with a large number of movable 'stamens', each embellished with a golden bead. The chain closes with a toggle composed of a red circle - a symbolic wreath of roses and a golden magic wand.

This is a mandala-like golden rose of the philosophers hinting at the perfect goal completing the alchemical opus.

In the shop on Wednesday.

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Little Greens

little greens

Three little green feathers (and a piece of angelica from the garden) for the weekend.

In the shop on Saturday.


The Mystery of Sleep

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Where do we go when we fall asleep? Where do dreams come from?

This necklace celebrates the mysterious beauty of the opium poppy. It takes the shape of a red silk petal smocked in darkening shades of red and decorated with silver beaded 'stamens'. The chain is sprinkled with black seed-like beads.

In the shop Thursday evening.





Working on some green feathers. Also something in red. And something in gold for June.

The garden has been a delight lately.