1.3.17

Sea at Night

Hello everyone, how is the weather where you are? We are in Pisces season and over here the earth is waking up and birds are gathering nest material and laughing at the sleet and the frequent blasts of freezing wind. The news is that after last week's half-term holiday, tinctory resumes regular updates.

Today I have a new amulet bag ready that is very Pisces and Neptune. It's indigo blue, smocked in blues in a wavy pattern, a smattering of silver beads like reflected stars. The shape is irregular like waves lapping on the shore edged by the soft sea foam-like texture of the frayed silk. The patterns dance on the water surface, there's the swell, the undercurrents, the eddies that hint at things hidden below.

In the shop tomorrow.

15.2.17

Sweet Honey

Today I have for you some freshly cut comb, heavy with honey.

In the shop in a minute.

13.2.17

Fruit of Early Spring

This necklace is made from extra special fabrics I've been saving. It's silk dyed with my home grown Japanese indigo. One year the crop of fresh leaves gave the turquoise I used for the top and another year a different harvest produced the aqua colour on the inside of the fruit.

As usual, the fruit is heavy with all the juicy garnets and comes on an adjustable chain.

Find it in the shop on Tuesday.

There are snowdrops, crocuses in the park, birds are signing, Spring is around the corner!

10.2.17

Storylines

Two more storyline bracelets: one dyed red with madder root and the other dark indigo blue.

In the shop on Saturday.

7.2.17

Sweet and Mellow

This morning I woke up from a dream just as the bells chimed seven. It was one of those dreams that tinge the whole day and subtly set the mood, like a trace of a scent or a memory of a tune. Do you ever have those? This one felt so sweet and mellow like wrapping one's tired heart in a wool blanket and feeding it something restorative.

Here's a sweet little brooch in warm, mellow tones. A little touch of colour that can soften and light up a neutral day or outfit.

In the shop on Wednesday.

3.2.17

Storyline Bracelet

A little something for the weekend: a simple bracelet made from a silver chain interwoven with silk cord dyed indigo in my vat.

The thread of the story winds its way through the links of the chain, following the ins and outs, the twists and turns of the plot. Eventually it arrives back where it started with the experience of having been to the other side.

The ends of the cord have been combed into soft tassels and the hook clasp embellished with a nugget of turquoise.

In the shop today.

1.2.17

Speckled

This speckled feather is a result of an experiment. I printed a rusty piece of lacy iron over the pleats. The silk is crisp organza dyed pinkish beige with an oak gall and the iron print is dark grey.

Natural and minimalist.

In the shop today.

31.1.17

Dandelion Daydreams

The testing, taxing, last stretch of winter. Reserves are running low. The mind turns to Spring, daydreaming of daffodils and dandelions.

This brooch is a perennial patch of green. A bowl of fresh grass on the window sill. Yellow flowers nodding in the bright wind. A little hopeful Easter egg hidden under the budding tree.

In the shop today together with two new feathers - one in blue-green and the other gold.

26.1.17

Green Winter

I've always wondered at the fact that here in England winters are green. The lack of leaves exposes all the lichen and moss on tree trunks. There's ivy. Cypresses. The grass never quite goes underground. It's not a noisy, everybody-look-at-me spring kind of green. It's a green that blends well with greys and rusts and muddy browns. A Green-man, always-there-at-the-background-of-everything kind of green.

This amulet bag has the colours of this season. Its pleats are held by a tracery of smocking giving it the slightly rough feel of tree bark. The bottom edge is soft and left raw. The clasp is in the shape of an ivy leaf.

In the shop today.

25.1.17

Greens

It all came together on my table: wreaths from pruned wisteria, dry box leaves from a Christmas decoration, some moss-like threads and an amulet bag in progress.