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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.

In Search of Forgotten Colours

I just had to share this video that the V&A have put on YouTube: In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing. Sachio Yoshioka runs the family dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. Since … Continue reading

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The process of weaving a tapestry portrait

This is clever stuff. Tapestry artist Kathy Spoering demonstrates weaving from a cartoon. She traces a photo of herself, transfers that “cartoon” onto the warp of her loom, and then weaves a self portrait. Doesn’t that sound simple? And how … Continue reading

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Useful work, or is it playing with my new toys…

I have recently become a sewing volunteer at Sewerby Hall in Bridlington. Theoretically, we make and maintain costumes for exhibits, and for visitors (especially children) to dress up in. The house is intended to be pretty much as it was … Continue reading

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Progress in the dye garden

I’m beginning to move on from the idea of a dedicated dye garden. I suspected this moment would come. Originally, I had plans for a kitchen garden. I set up eight raised beds, and allocated the beds to different types … Continue reading

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A Viking embroidery

They say research is what you are doing when you aren’t doing anything else. Well, last night I did some research. One of the members of my Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers recommended this link about the Høylandet tapestry, … Continue reading

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A lace pillow

I found an old book about needle lace making recently. In the list of tools and equipment, it mentioned that a drum shaped lace pillow is a handy thing to have, as it allows you to support the work while … Continue reading

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Red onion skins

I heard on Woman’s Hour recently that red onion skins give green. I thought that was worth a go. Onion skins are very light, and you hear tales of people getting their friends and neighbours to save all theirs to … Continue reading

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Fascinating indigo

I knew that indigo gives a good, flexible blue to those who know what they are doing. I didn’t know that it gives fabric anti-bacterial and fireproofing qualities. This short video shows some of the traditional Japanese processes involved in … Continue reading

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An experiment with the peg loom

I’ve had my peg loom for a while. I originally got it to make a rag rug to protect our heads from a low doorway. I wove a rectangle with strips of old sheets and curtains that had been used … Continue reading

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Time for resolutions again

If you are on Twitter, have a look at @damienkempf. He has put together a series of New Year resolutions based on medieval paintings. My favourite is this one: be more fashionable. Whether that is a good idea or not … Continue reading

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