Author Archives: Margaret Ford

I love mistletoe

OK, I know that’s like saying I love roses.  Which roses?  Name specific species! Leaves or flowers? Well, I don’t know more.  I harvested “mistletoe” from a forest reserve in Western Australia and used it experimentally on fabric. Because it’s … Continue reading

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Dream Time Shawl

I’ve called this blog Dream Time Shawl because that’s what its designer Teresa Dair called it. This project has been on the go (or off the boil) for several years since I bought the pattern and the yarn at the … Continue reading

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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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