Tomorrow we are going to make some vessels inspired by sea anemones like this …”..
The church – this lovely brass engraving is in All Saints church Lydd
The landscape – Romney Marsh has so much amazingly varied landscapes and views
The sea – we want to include references to the sea in the work we produce
Local materials – we are using wool from Romney Marsh sheep, collected fruit and vegetables to dye the wool, hedgerow materials to make baskets, willow to make plant supports, decorative fish stars eats and baskets, plant materials to inspire patterns, drawings and prints
The basket is an example,of us learning some new weaves such as ‘ chasing’ for the sides and a simple trac border …..
And someone in the group managed to complete a boat basket too
I’ve been given some frozen elderberries from last year and I’ve boiled them for 1 hr to release their juices
Today is the day – we are going to do some more experimental veg/ fruit dyeing.
As Summer ambles along bringing loads of exciting produce and flowers we are thinking:
Red onion skins
Hibiscus/ Mallow flowers
Marigolds (deadheaded so you can appreciate the flowers first)
Hollyhocks (dead headed)
Madder ( need to get these plans growing in the Spring)
Comfrey ( love this plant)
I’m currently using this recipe to prepare the wool
1 litre water, or enough to cover
Place the alum and cream of tartar into the pan with a little boiling water – the heat helps the compounds dissolve. Stir until completely dissolved. Add enough water to cover the yarn and stir thoroughly.
Add the clean raw romney marsh wool
Squeeze the excess liquid from the yarn and transfer to the pan. Heat the liquid slowly and simmer gently for 1 hour.
a parents and carers class at Brookland Primary School produced these after just 3 sessions! evening classes rock! well done everyone!
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