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Monthly Archives: May 2013

INDIGO DYEING

Written on May 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The indigo vats have finally come to order and I am keen to dye some lovely silk I have had for some time now. I want to try the Arashi Shibori method as I have never attempted it before. Shibori is a Japanese term for several different methods of resist dyeing cloth to make patterns,  Continue Reading »

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Alpaca Shearing Day!

Written on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This is the big day for the alpacas – haircut, pedicure and if necessary tooth trim! We shear our alpacas once a year in early summer. Whilst some of the herd enter the shearing area fairly calmly but cautiously, others resist and are positively rebellious! They lie down refusing to move, they kick, scream and  Continue Reading »

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Making an Indigo Fermentation Vat

Written on May 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Last year’s woad is now in flower and looking lovely and my bees are really enjoying them. But his year’s woad plants are still too small to cut and I would think it will be a few more weeks yet before I can make my woad pigment. In the meantime – now the weather is  Continue Reading »

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