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.

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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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Ann's Barn + Dyeing courses

Written by [email protected] on May 8, 2013 in Dye House News

As far as news goes, I am not sure where to start. No doubt the most significant happening for Renaissance Dyeing in April was that Ann the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee wore the Bohemian Rhapsody to the studio on week 3. You can see her wearing it here between 2 - 4 minutes into the video. It is wonderful to see the scarf being worn by such a competent needle woman. Although the scarf was not mentioned there are a lot of you who seemed to have known it and decided to make one for yourselves.

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We are getting there, slowly

Written by [email protected] on April 15, 2013 in Dye House News

I am not sure, if the term ' we are getting there' is a euphemism for it is complete chaos, but we seem to swing between the two as we continue our transformation of this old Ariegoise farm house into a artisanal dye house. As I am writing the roof of the wool winding room is coming off.

Here is a before picture, pretty isn't it but as a roof it doesn't work.

Here is the moment a few minutes ago when Adriaan moved a nest with three eggs to a safer venue, from there the chicks will be ...

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From Montbel to Paris

Written by [email protected] on March 5, 2013 in Dye House News, La Laine

It has been all go here hence the lack of Newsletters. We have moved house and been to l'Aigilles en Fête salon in Paris, It only takes one little sentence to write it but it seemed a lot more at the time! The new house is only 20 km away from the old one where Tee and Simon now live. The new dye-house is still in need of floors, windows, electricity and water, so I will be commuting to the old dye house for a month or so. Woad dyeing of the Poll Dorset will be the first in ...

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The Gentle Shepherdess

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 9, 2012 in Dye House News, La Laine

I was recently reading on the web a description of how some shearers mistreat sheep. It has been haunting me, coming myself from an organic farming background I had no idea that these things could happen, What follows is an e-mail 'discussion' I had with Sheila Hendry the shepherdess of the Poll Dorset flock who provide our wool.

Sheila and her Gloucester Old Spots

Some shearers mistreat the sheep. I suspect this happens more on big farms where the sheep are bred as in a factory and where perhaps the shearers are not trained or selected with care.

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Thanksgiving

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 21, 2012 in Dye House News, Lace Knitting

We would like to celebrate this happy family orientated time with all our friends no matter on which side of the pond by offering from Thursday 22nd November to the end of Sunday 25th a special 20% discount on the Gitane kits.

The code is : turkey

That't it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nous tenons à célébrer ce moment orienté famille heureuse avec tous nos amis, peu importe de quel côté 'the pond' en offrant du jeudi 22 Novembre à la fin de Dimanche 25 une remise spéciale de 20% sur l'kits Gitane.

Le code est le suivant: turkey

C'est ...

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Les Journées de la Laine - Montbrun Bocage - 2012

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 4, 2012 in Dye House News, La Laine

Et voila, plus de détails sur les premières Journées de la Laine Ariegoises.

Nous espérons vous y voir.

Les associations Atoutlaine et La Maison de Montbrun sont heureuses de vous convier aux premières Journées de la Laine de Montbrun Bocage, les 1er et 2 décembre 2012. Ces journées ont pour objectif de présenter au public la filière laine dans son intégralité, du mouton sur pied au pull-over ou à l'isolation d'un toit, et d'échanger avec lui sur les différents savoir-faire et pratiques existants dans ce domaine. L'évènement se tiendra sur le stade municipal, sous des yourtes ...

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Les Journées Internationales de la Laine - Felletin- 2012

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 31, 2012 in Dye House News, Lace Knitting, La Laine

Les Journées Internationales de la Laine in Felletin is a whirlwind of wool every year but this year it surpassed itself in every way. The organisers were friendly and helpful, even helping to carry in our wares for us and smilingly providing lunch and pancakes against the odds all week-end. Our fellow exhibitors were many and varied showcasing every aspect of wool and a good slice of the million creative things you can do with it.

Les Journées Internationales de la Laine à Felletin est un tourbillon de laine tous les ans mais cette année, il s'est surpassé dans ...

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Bastet

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 15, 2012 in Dye House News

Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess was not the goddess of cats but a woman/cat goddess who protected the Pharaohs. She is usually depicted with a multicoloured collar.

Marylene Lynx has taken 5 autumn colours and with her magic crochet hook conjured up such a circular collar or cowl for us to wrap ourselves in this autumn and for many autumns to come. The Bastet Cowl is crocheted in hounds tooth stitch with a picot edging. It's super easy and quick to make and can be worn in several different ways such as short or double loop, close around ...

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