This is my 99th blog post and to celebrate I'm going to give a gift of my Fairy Shoes Pattern !
Winner to be announced on my (can't believe it!) 100th post.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will do the ' pick a name from the hat' thing .
In the meantime, I've found an intriguing poetry book.
I was working at the Court Barn Museum and spotted this little gem in the shop.
'Walking the Block' is a poetic biography of the lives and work of Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher.
They met after the 1st World War and worked together making the most wonderful handblock printed textiles using mainly natural dyes.
The book has lots of pictures of their work.
Here's a sample of the goodies inside. . . .
'Natural Dye Colours' by Jane Weir
After reading and re reading
Bancroft's descriptions -
he reads like Tolstoy -
for the use and application
of iron rust, I took my chance,
experimented with recipes
for iron black, powdered oak galls,
cutch brown. Haven't you guessed?
Delved even deeper into Indigo.
I signed up to natural linen cloth,
short lengths and colour combinations
which gave me courage and strength -
like a frontier family - to carry on.
And the result? I turned a corner
into infinity, and it was like something
you'd dreamed, seeing
wild flowers in a field far outstrip rapeseed.