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plant dyed yarn and inspiration

On Saturday, I went with Skein Queen, Melarno and Skein Princess to visit the studio of Elisabeth Beverley, maker of beautiful plant dyed yarn. It was an adventure, a sunny but cold morning (there had been snow in other parts of the UK) winding our way through the autumnal countryside and when we were almost there, we found the road was closed due to resurfacing – there was no going back and we parked up and walked onwards on a teeny verge so as not to land in the still warm tarmac.

Studio Visit

Studio Visit

It was worth it, I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful the space felt, it was so light and airy and inspiring. Elisabeth had a number of samples knit in her plant dyed yarn and her colours are perfect for me, just the right kind of colours. It was inspiring to hear how she creates the colours and also the limitations on the coming year because of the weather and impact on certain things she grows. If you want to know when you can see her work again, her website is right over here.

Cashmere, plant dyed yarn

Cashmere, plant dyed yarn

She doesn’t sell online, the colours are dyed in very small batches but I may have purchased a few *ahem*

Plant dyed yarn: L_R, top row: cashmere comfrey and elder, organic merino cochineal and nettles, merino lichen. Bottom row: cashmere tea, merino noix de galle, merino onion skins

Plant dyed yarn: L_R, top row: cashmere comfrey and elder, organic merino cochineal and nettles, merino lichen. Bottom row: cashmere tea, merino noix de galle, merino onion skins

Some of these will be knit up as Christmas gifts.

Later on the same day, I visited the studio of Sue Mundy. She was having a joint exhibition with her old tutor. John Peacock. Sue is taking part in The Secret Market just the following weekend and it felt crazy to try and squeeze in a visit amongst all the other things that had to be done but I am so glad I went along. It is difficult when you are “looking after” an event, to actually really look at the work, talk to Sue and hear more about the pieces. I really loved her new work.

The new works were a step on from the pieces below, which had in turn been inspired by a trip to St Ives, Porthmeor beach, the end of the day, the hillside cemetery, a visit to Naum Gabo and the series is aptly named “the moon, the sea and everything in between”.

I love the surface and the edges and the space around – and the link between Sue and her tutor, and me and my old tutor who would “get” the sea link, showed me Naum Gabo and would feel affinity with what Sue is creating.

the moon, the sea and everything in between

the moon, the sea and everything in between, the work of Sue Mundy

 

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