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March 18, 2005

I Get A Kick Out of Hue....

Today, pictures tell the story of St. Patrick's Day at Happy Holler. No Greens were harmed in the writing of this entry. First, there was some private dyeing, the first in a series of blues that I am planning to...
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March 14, 2005


Late yesterday afternoon, having returned from the Camano Island Community/Senior Center's annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner (in celebration of St. Patrick's Day), I felt sufficiently recovered from Friday's dyeing adventure to clean up the rest of the evidence and,...
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March 12, 2005

Cirque du Sabraset

I woke up this morning wondering why my neck and shoulders were so stiff, and why was my wrist throbbing? Getting up to pour a cup of coffee, my ankles complained that they would prefer to lie down again. As...
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March 04, 2005

Cherry Blossom Sky Dye

Nature tricks us in many ways. For example, as women grow older, they put on fat in places, like faces, they never did before. The trick is that without that fat, faces would show the lines of age far...
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February 14, 2005

The Dilettante Dyer

This past weekend, heady with the quick quasi-success of my first foray into handpainting wool roving, I determined to work wonders with my new-found knowledge-a-la-Menz and a big ball of Falkland Islands wool. Humming a happy tune, I merrily...
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February 12, 2005

The Results are In

I finished spinning up my newly dyed fiber, making mental notes about what I might do differently next time. One might think that if one were going to handpaint roving, one might read the book about it first. Of course,...
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February 09, 2005

Dyeing Up To My Name

Somehow, sometime, somewhere during the day yesterday I metamorphised into a mad scientist intent on creating a diabolical dye solution. Was it the beautiful sunny skies and warm temperatures that spirited the Hyde from the Jekyll? Or was it destiny,...
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November 11, 2004

The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

One of the reasons I haven't been dyeing anything in the last few months is the insistence of Papa G that I not dye in the kitchen. But let's review my choices for places to dye. I need a place...
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May 08, 2003

What's the Madder?

I love learning new stuff. From Companion Plants I learn more about Madder. Rubia Tinctoria (Madder): One of the more important dye plants. Depending on the mordant used, the roots will yield dyes of red, pink, lilac, purple, rose, orange,...
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May 07, 2003


I came home early from work after going by the doc's office for the usual "you are sick" diagnosis. I figured a good remedy would be to stop by Weaving Works on the way home. While there, I met a...
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