Sunday, 16 November 2008

Tagged and colours

I have been tagged! I have been tagged by Tumbleweed. I did not know what I had to do but apparently I have to list 7 little known facts about myself and pass the baton on towards 7 others. It seems a bit of mild fun so with apologies to the next seven victims I decided to pick up the challenge

Now I have found some more rules for this elsewhere and here they are:
The rules of this Tag are:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Write seven little known facts about yourself.

4. Tag seven people at the end of your post and link to them.

5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted

7 little know facts about myself

  1. My favourite hand stitch is a french knot but I am too lazy to hand stitch much
  2. I am 4ft 9 inches and my eldest son is 6ft 2"

  3. I feel colour.

  4. My eyes are hazel

  5. If I am feeling tired and down I will retire to bed with a Georgette Heyer -writer of regency romances or Dick Francis's racing thrillers

  6. I have a dog called Walnut and here is a picture of her on the sofa with her head on an expensive cushion inspired by Miro we bought at an exhibition at the V&A on surrealists.

  7. I have always secretly wanted to be a helicopter pilot

    Here are my seven, Leena, Bettina, Anne Robin, Sue Nina Cedar

The merino's below have been dyed in golden rod overdyed with indigo, golden rods, green extract, madder, logwood, cochineal and cochineal /madder exhaust

I have also posted photo of all the fibres I dyed for my most recent workshop, Felt Mittens, I dyed dyed a range of merino ,merino/angora cross and merino/silk The merino in this case being 18.5 micron ( ie very fine). The swirls of fibres have silk cap layers stuck in the tops. I fully intended to show you a picture of the finished mittens alongside but alas for my good intentions I was so busy rushing around and helping a few at the end to finish their mittens it did not happen. As it was one of the students made tea and handed around chocolate cake. It is the story of my teaching life, I never have a chance to take pictures ,or if I do they are hasty snaps which tend not to do justice to anybody. So you will have to just take if from me that the some fantastic mittens were made. One lady made a very long one in lime green that came nearly to her elbow. It looked just like one of those evening gloves people used to wear with long evening dresses. It was so finely moulded on her hand I thought we might have to cut it off but no she managed to pull it on and off. Another was a pair made with cochineal dyed merino and silk. Enys was made up because she made a bright green pair to go with her green velvet coat.

The red photo is red teeswater which a patient customer has been asking me to dye for her for the last three months. The really bright red is cochineal /madder, the red is brazilwood/madder cochineal extracts which as you can see has given some rather pink shades.


  1. well done Helen...especially for working out what you had to do (i'm only good at giving instructions for dyepots!)

  2. Thanks for the tag! A bit of fun, I think. Anyway I've had my thinking cap on (a bit hard for a Monday morning) and I've already posted my 7 things about myself. Phew!

  3. Helen, I am flattered about the tagging, you can read now about it in my blog. I couldn't think about who to tag, because I can't tag you and I read regularly so few blogs... there are many wonderful blogs, but I just don't know who to tag, so I only wrote seven things about me. I hope you don't mind very much.

    By the way, Dick Francis is one of my favourites, too, I have read all his books, even ones that have not been translated in Finnish, luckily I could find them as English paperbacks. I like his heros:)

  4. Hi Helen, although I hate being tagged, something good came out of it...I found your blog and I love it

  5. Hi Yvette I am two minds too about being tagged but in this case it has bought lots of benefits as I have found some interesting blogs-including yours. Thanks for visiting. Helen

  6. Yet again, another interesting and lovely post! xxx