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Good bye spark.

Good bye spark.

“The yellow shop up on the hill”.

Sadly the arts and crafts co operative in haverfordwest has now closed its doors.

Spark had been a co-op for about 4years. With a vision from a few local crafter’s to help other local crafter’s.

It was a wonderful shop helping fellow crafter’s in the local area having a platform where they could sell there items. I would affectionately call the shop “Etsy but on the high street”.

But sadly this is to be no more. All the behind the scenes work that goes on In to running a business, even if it is a co operative. It is not for the faint hearted. And towards the end people who were able to help keep the shop open was becoming less and less.

Hooks and dye had been part of spark for 3 years and I really enjoyed my time being part of a wonderful co operative that had a real love for local arts and crafts.

I wish all the fellow crafter’s who were with spark all the best for the future and with all they do. I’m sure we will see each other out and about on the craft fair circuit.

But as one door closes another door always opens. So let’s see where the journey will take us. Hop in. We are off on a adventure.

Speak soon.

Lucy B

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Solar dye. Worshiping the sun.

Hi everyone.

Hasn’t it been hot. Here in the UK we are brakeing records. But sadly with such hot weather comes upset, and currently my thoughts are going out to people just outside Manchester who are close to the moor fire. Hopefully we just have a little bit of rain just to help you guys out abit. Such a sad event.

But today I’m talking solar dye.

So earlier on in the year I took on snow dyeing useing the water to help the dye, and now I’m asking the elements again to help me to set the dye by useing the heat from the sun.

These are my little jars of dye. Here I am working with blue faced Leicester fleace from a farm in Pembrokeshire. So very much locally sourced fleace.

I have washed it and separated it in to smaller peices, made up the soultion in the jars placed the fleace in and now going to let the sun do all the work in setting the dye.

These are just a few I had done earlier on in the week and are currently drying nicely. The locks are on these are beautiful. I have done a selection of different colours. But definitely looking forward to the results from the current solar dye. I have some purples and blues going on. So I bet they are going to look stunning when they have finished.

This picture was taken earlier on in the week. There are some parts of the fleace that I have left natural locks and some that I have carded up on the drum carder as well ready to make art batts. Some of the locks were really stuck together, I found I had to open the locks up first with he hand carders to then be able to use the drum carder. So there are many options.

So this is just a small snippet of what I have been up to lately.

I do hope your all having a wonderful time in the sun shine, and not in to much discomfort. Also a little bit of rain please. Just to dampen the ground alittle. That would be great.

Signing off

Take care.

Hooks and dye.

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Little creatures made with love.

Bunny
Bunny

Just wanted to share these wonderful creations with you all. These beauties have been made up with yarns from my Pembrokeshire collection.

Rocking on the Dock a colour way inspired by Pembroke Dock in south Pembrokeshire. Have been made in to a bunny and a turtle.

Gard the fish is the green frog and turtle. Colour way inspired by Fishguard a local town in North Pembrokeshire.

The lovely lady at trysordy crafts a local crafter makes great little gems and I’m so pleased that she enjoys my hand dyed yarns for her collection.

These will be available to buy at the national botanic garden of Wales in early may. botanic gardens of wales.

Take care.x

 

 

(P.s. Pictures are the property of trysordy crafts and permission has been given for me to use.)

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Dyeing in the snow.

We had quite a bit of snow this year all at different random times and places that don’t normally get snow go quite a bit.

The first time the snow hit we wasn’t at home so I wasn’t able to do any snow dyeing.

Lucky I got a second chance. Pembrokeshire had another run with the white stuff. So I managed to get out and grab some quick before the little ones got to it.

Below is what happened.

Totally one of a kind and won’t be repeated. That’s what I love about snow dyeing totally unique, and can never be planned.