Hello all you lovely folk,
I know I’ve been away for an age! So I thought it was high time that I let you know what was happening in the fairy realms here in Jersey.
I am really happy with lots of new products and have been busy attending craft fairs and creating exciting and lovely things!
Including lots of fairies using my handspun yarn for bodies and then needle felting heads and shawls, adding accessories and hair. Every one is unique and made from start to finish by me.
Spinning has led me to learning how to dye with botanical plant colour – this has been a revelation and I love this process. I now dye fabric and threads with which to stitch – they end up as little stitched pictures or baubles.
I love the effects that you can get and have discovered a love of French knots that is unrivalled! This little tree uses hand dyed threads and fabric.
Ecoprinting has also been part of my journey and this gives me a chance to look carefully at the natural world around me. I collect leaves that have fallen and use them to print onto silk, wool or cotton. Depending on the PH of your water, the composition of the leaves, the addition of mordants or modifiers, the growing season, when the leaves were collected and how long they were processed for results in a different outcome each time you print. Every time I unwrap a bundle it seems like Christmas and sometimes you can just tell it will be a ‘goody’!
These prints are from a wonderful dyeing demonstration that I gave at Samares Manor in the summer and include coreopsis and rose leaves of varying sizes. If you haven’t been it is a beautiful place to visit. This was the hottest day of the year and phew with the stoves going it was absolutely boiling!
I hope that has given you an idea of what I am up to! I will try to update the blog but if you’d like more information and more regular updates (!!) please check Instagram AwaywiththefairiesYarns or Facebook AwaywiththefairiesJersey.
Have a wonderful rest of the Year!