Author Archives: Margaret Ford

Natural Dyeing from the Greengrocer

Artistic inspiration, always an elusive commodity for me, has left the building over the past week.  It’s rainy and cold: it’s soup weather here in Western Australia. So my inner Earth Mother must have kicked in.  Why not add a … Continue reading

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Yarn Dyeing: Buyer Beware

Last weekend I went to a fibre fair in a rural town.  Although i love dyeing my own yarns, especially with plants, I couldn’t resist buying some skeins of 70:30 merino:silk yarn dyed by hand by the seller with  what … Continue reading

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Blue/citrus scarf

A month since my last blog and there’s not much to report.  Stash-busting has sat alongside stash acquisitions, unfortunately. The Stitch and Craft Fair here in Perth was a great and unresisted temptation as Prudence Mapstone came over with a … Continue reading

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Red-Orange Scarf

Yarn stash-busting is required.  The red yarns in particular have outgrown their drawers and baskets.  I got them together.  Well possibly not all of them; there is always the likelihood of finding a colony that has established itself elsewhere in … Continue reading

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Textile Study Trip to China’s Guizhou Province: Part 2

On Sunday 18 Feb 2018, the second day of our textile adventure in China’s Guizhou province, we checked out of the Trade Point Hotel in Guiyang and began making our way by road via Leishan to Xiao Danjiang to see … Continue reading

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Textile Study Trip to China’s Guizhou Province: Part 1

  This is the first of several posts intended mainly for my own benefit as a record of a wonderful trip from Perth to Guizhou in China from 17 – 28 February 2018. The capital of Guizhou province is Guiyang. … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts

Somehow the year is coming to a rapid end.  Especially as I plan  an overseas trip for the first three weeks of December! I don’t usually inflict my manipulations on people but this year I thought, probably in error, that … Continue reading

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