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  • Writer's pictureSarah Matthess

Autumn Shades Art-Yarn

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

I don't want to sound like a stuck record, but the pictures don't do this justice.

As I sit here typing this, my back is wet from crouching down outside in the sleet, with the camera, trying frantically to get enough light to get the shutter to actually operate. So, you have to sort of use your imagination a bit when I tell you that I've incorporated a lot of the fleece featured here on this blog, to make this art-yarn. It contains really soft Romney hog fleece grown here in Northern Ireland, and dyed with beech leaves that I gathered in Clare Glen, madder root, and also lichen from County Fermanagh. Actually I found it in abundance on some dead wood near Drumskinny Stone Circle. That's a most interesting place if you can find it, a sort of mini-Stone Henge arrangement surrounded by what looks like peat bog-land.

I stood there for ages one afternoon, in the rain, balancing an umbrella in one hand and a plastic bag in the other, peeling the stuff off and getting frozen.

Also the fleece I dyed with the Coreopsis flowers growing here in my own garden which was a much more civilised affair than peat-bogs in Fermanagh. Some small bits of the bright red madder root dye that featured on the video is in this yarn also. So it's all natural, except for.....

except for the few wee bits of peach silk ribbon , embroidery floss and metallic sparkle thrown in for good measure. 4.5 wraps per inch, and 51m to 83grams approximately.

Hang on a min...the sun just came out for no more than 3 minutes, so I grabbed yarn, and camera and got a sunny pic. You can just see the sparkle!

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