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Spring Flowers

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Spring is bursting forth, I think all this wonderful fresh energy has had an effect on my psyche and I have just finished making 14 flowers for brooches and hairclips.

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A friend gave me a colour pallette to make a unique birthday present for her mum, so armed with silk hankies, coloured silks, and merino, I entered my world of felt alchemy.

The flowers are all wispy, floaty yet very sturdy, some have angelina fibre in them for a little bit of sparkle, fresh water pearls and glass beads.

The rest of the gang of 14, will go to a Balkan mountain event celebrating music, community and nature, and I can imagine women wandering the mountains with my flowers in their hair or on their clothes.

Diving in to dye pot

Dyeing fibres has been such fun, armed with 5 boxes of acid dye, merino, silk, silk carrier rods and silk cocoons and regular wool fibres I started mixing colours. I used steam dyeing as it seemed like the easiest way to start on this journey and I only wanted to dye small batches of fibres. So really it was more like an experiment in my kitchen laboratory. 

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this photo is dyed throwsters waste, silk carrier rods and wool, my loose plan was to gather a colour range together for make a Spring Equinox Pod

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more silk carriers rods, which are great fun to play with, once wet they can be peeled apart and stretched to create interesting shapes

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The silk cocoons work in a similar way and can be unravelled

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these just shine like jewels, I love using these for embellishing

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merino fibres just soaked up the dye, I love how the colours variegate