Category Archives: Techniques

Knitting faces in the crowd

It is surprising how inspiration comes. I was rummaging in a basket of odd balls of yarn, as you do, and I found this “flesh” coloured smooth cotton. Which reminded me of my long standing doll project, where I have … Continue reading

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My new quilting toy

I have a new toy. I saw various versions of the idea at the Festival of Quilts in August, but when I went to knitting and stitching in Harrogate I decided to go for it. Basically, instead of bothering to … Continue reading

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Stitch resist

I’ve never been much into craft classes. Books and the internet are my normal sources of training, because they are available when I want to know something. Which is usually so that I can start something NOW. But every now … Continue reading

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My rainbow hanging

For years, I’ve been thinking about a rainbow quilt. I’d really like to do something with a colour wheel. But I’ve not gone for it yet. Some of what I see is over simple. Some ideas are too loud. I … Continue reading

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Watercolour experiments

From time to time, I read about new ways of using art materials. There have been a few suggestions about using watercolour paint on textiles. Now I am a big fan of watercolour. I love the way the colours merge … Continue reading

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Making patterns with salt

This technique with salt is an idea from watercolour painting. It is often described in books with dire warnings against using it too often. And I can see why: it is addictive. When you add salt to wet paint, the … 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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A blue batch of solar dyeing

Most easily available natural dyestuffs give beige gold or beige. So discovering something that gives blue is a very useful event. Black beans. Ordinary ones, from the local supermarket. They went into the jars of water at the beginning of … Continue reading

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Another flour paste technique

In my first experiment with flour paste resist, I spread the paste all over the fabric, and then scraped off a pattern. The hardest part of the process was getting the dried paste off. Logically, therefore, the next thing to … Continue reading

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