April News Letter

Written by [email protected] on March 16, 2014

As summer tentatively approaches we are beginning to get into some serious natural dyeing here at Renaissance Dyeing. The dryer weather means that the wood fired mordant vat can be used more often and the bigger out-side indigo and woad vat. So Adriaan is busy winding and mordanting and I am trying to get the wool dyed as fast as he can mordant it. We are dyeing lots as we are hoping to be at some French wool markets this summer, but more of that in the next newsletter.

Adriaan est occupé avec mordançage de la laine et j'essaie ...

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Let's have fun: The 12 - 18 skein project

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 19, 2014 in Dye House News, Lace Knitting, La Laine, Your Gallery

As you have probably read in our newsletter we had a lot of people asking at L'Aiguille en Fête what could be done with 12 skeins of our lace / crewel wool.

Andie is busy with her crochet hook at the moment but we thought it might be nice to throw the question open to you embroiderers, knitters and crocheters.

So what can YOU do with 12 or 18 of our 25m skeins?

For those wishing to participate and also for those that couldn't come to L'Aiguille en Fête we will make two on-line packages:

  • one of 12 ...

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Two more new kits

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 1, 2014

I am very grateful to the anonymous lady at Le Lot et la Laine who suggested I go talk to Hélène Marcy / EclatduSoleil about collaborating on shawl patterns. I'd like you to know that you were right, we do go well together. Hélène managed to wrest herself away from the busy stall she was sharing with fellow designer Annette Petavy and came over for a chat. She bought a lot of lace wool, reds, purples and blues. I don't remember the Poll Dorset, but she must have loaded herself up with that too and voila we already have ...

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Les réponses / Your questions answered

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 31, 2014

Oui, nous serons apportons 250m écheveaux de laine à crewel/ laine de dentelle cette année. Dans tous les 100 couleurs ainsi que quelques pastel teint.

Yes, we will be bring 250m hanks of crewel/ lace-wool this year. In all 100 colours plus some woad dyed.

Vous aurez un meilleur accès aux 25 m écheveaux aussi en 100 couleurs ainsi que quelques pastel. Vous n'aurez pas à s'asseoir sur le sol cette année!

We will have better access for you to the 25 m skeins also in 100 colours plus some woad. You won't have to sit on ...

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L'aiguille en Fête -1

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 30, 2014

Only a few more frantic days of packing and we will be there. This is the first of 3 blogs letting you know what we will be taking.

Bientôt, nous serons là à AEF. C'est la première des 3 blogs laisser vous savez ce que nous allons prendre. __

Some new knitting kits / Nouveaux kits à tricoter:

Camille by Marylene Lynx / Camille par Marylene Lynx

A symmetrical triangular shawl in 3 different textures, ribbing, striped stocking stitch and cabled lace. and 4 different naturally dyed colours: green, purple, light blue and grey in soft draping Blue-faced Leicester 100% wool ...

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Les gagnants des billets AEF / AEF ticket winners

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 16, 2014

Il y avait 47 commentaires en tout. Certaines personnes ont laissé des commentaires sur le bulletin lui-même, mais nous les avons trouvés! Le tirage au sort est terminé. Les gagnants des billets d'un jour étaient les suivants: Caroline, Françoise (fanfan), Marie-Christine Levieuge-Henry, Odile B et Corinne.

J'ai tiré les gens pour les billets du vendredi soir, peut-être que vous ne voulez pas, mais je vais vous envoyer un email en leur offrant tout de même.

Je vous contacterai tous par e-mail afin que vous puissiez envoyer votre adresse postale.

Je vous remercie tous beaucoup pour vous commentaires. J ...

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Les billets pour l'AEF / Tickets for AEF

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 31, 2013 in Dye House News, La Laine

Nous avons des billets à donner pour L'Aiguille en Fête en Février 6-9.

5 pour 2 personnes pour vendredi soir.

9 pour une personne seule à venir sur une journée de leur choix.

Pour participer au tirage pour les billets nous donnent une rétroaction dans les commentaires de ce blog. Qu'aimez-vous de Renaissance Dyeing. Qu'est-ce que vous n'aimez pas? De quoi voulez-vous avoir plus? Si vous voulez laisser la rétroaction de toute façon, mais ne voulez pas participer au tirage, écrivez pas de tirage sur votre commentaire.

Venez nous voir sur le stand G10.1

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Written by [email protected] on Nov. 1, 2013 in Dye House News, La Laine

At Lauris we met our neighbour and guardian angel. Notre voisin et ange gardien. Frederika von Maltzahn

Les couleurs magiques de / The magic colours of Magli Bontoux

The astonishing felt of Elisabeth Berthon Morse Felt Studio. Look at that eco-printing!

L'étonnante feutre de Elisabeth Berthon. Regardez cette éco-impression.

Dans l'exposition, cette charmante pièce de l'éco-impression et la broderie par [Fabienne Dorsman-Rey] (https://www.facebook.com/FabienneRey).

In the exhibition this delightful piece of eco-printing and embroidery by Fabienne Dorsman-Rey.

Et le talentueux et humble M Bernard Oriol qui tisse en la laine et de la soie la ...

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The Pettinengo Blues

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 11, 2013 in Dye House News

Pettinengo is a village in the hills above Biella in northern Italy, it has narrow lanes, deer in the streets, lots of noisy people and a beautiful community venture in the peaceful Villa Piazzo. This is where The Wool Box Indigo week-end took place.

I had great fun introducing 10 or so Italian ladies to the joys of dyeing with the organic sugar indigo vat.

Some of the ingredients

Winding LOTS of wool into skeins

We dyed woollen skeins and tops with weld into two depths of yellow and then dipped them into the bio-indigo bath.

That magic moment when ...

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Natural Dyeing course in Italy

Written by [email protected] on June 4, 2013 in Dye House News, Lace Knitting

I have just returned and am still glowing from the natural dyeing course I was asked to give at the parco della villa Piazzo Pettinengo, near Biella, Italy by The Wool Box. I love Italy and especially this northern corner where my wool is so expertly spun. This workshop experience was good I think for everybody, the organisation was eager and friendly and deliciously Italian, the venue and organic food were superb and everyone involved, organisers, staff and students were warm, interested and relaxed as only Italians (and some from England) can be. AND the sun shone for us for ...

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