Thursday, 12 February 2015

So Why Had I Not Heard of This Before????

Over on Julie's blog at Mixed Media she mentioned the Erosion Bundles.  Well I thought, that's interesting, and did a little bit of investigating to find out that they are old hat and I'd totally missed the boat!  Never mind. After my success in the rusty fabrics I thought I would give it a go anyway (thank you Julie!! )

I gathered a few bits, well a lot more than shown here actually.

After a dog walk I had collected a mixed bag of stuff from the ground.  Bracken, bark, pine needles, leaves, masts, moss and cones.  So they all went into one bundle.

and that went into the old Hawthorn tree for a sit.

The next one had a few rusty bits, some tea bags a few dye grains, walnut crystals and some other bits I can't remember and I've managed to misplace the piece of paper I wrote it all down on.  It will be a surprise when I open it!  It looks like it's doing something up in the pergola on the terrace, it's quite open there at this time of year so should see a bit of weather.

Then I thought about adding some berries but it is totally the wrong time of year and thought of other dyestuffs. One of these has some madder root pieces sprinkled in and I think it was this one up in the very old branches of a Russett apple tree.

And this last one has walnut leaves and woad leaves just sprinkled in too in the prickly embrace of one of the Blackthorns.  (I may do this one again at the other end of the year with some of the Sloe fruit from it.)

I know all those dyestuffs have specific needs to make fabric dye like boiling etc, but I thought I haven't anything to lose and I could already see the walnut leaves were staining before I even tied the bundle.  It will be interesting and the gardener is now convinced I've lost the plot.

I didn't show in the last post the finished neck piece.  I still have to work on the fastening but that shouldn't take too long.

And I've done yet another cardie in a pale gold silk but the photo is awful because of the lighting.

We are happy the 6 Nations Rugby has started again and had some good rugby matches last weekend.  There's another round being played this weekend too so between being all romantic and the rugby it looks like a nice weekend ahead!!

I hope you all have a good one too.

*EDIT* It's lunchtime and we have JUST heard from Natural England that we now have our European Bat Licence!! Whooooooo!!  We can finally put into action the build that we were hoping to start last June! A few bits of bending over backward are still expected and some site surveys for the scaffolding and we will then, hopefully, be enshrouded for a few months.  


  1. I look forward to the results. How on earth ddi you not manage to hear about them before?? I have avoided them as I am completely phobic about anything sluggy that might venture across or into the bundles! Love the necklace and congratulations on finally getting that bat licence.

  2. I'm delighted you've got your licence and can now get on with things. Thank you for your link and I'll look forward to seeing what emerges from your bundles. :-) Your neck piece is fantabulous!

  3. I have not heard of the fabric bundles before but they do look interesting. I shall look forward to seeing how they turn out. I expect the rugby will be watched in this house too and I shall be sewing. We have a bat box on the front of our house. It came with the house when we moved in 20 years ago. We often see them flitting about. Have never seen them come out of the box.

  4. Yippee to the bat man!!! Your cocoons look fun - hope you share the results! Xx

    PS must be time for an Olivia photo???

  5. Aren't bundles great, mine's still out there somewhere.....I've been catching up with your lovely cardis, beautiful quilts & gorgeous cabinet of curiosities, your books are wonderful. Hope you're feeling better.

  6. I love random you can't wait to open those bundles ;-) I tried it once, but I think I opened too soon (typical me).
    Your necklace and knitting are both stunning...what a talented lady you are!

  7. It will be so exciting to see how your fabric comes out of the bundles. I am now itching to try this some time. My hubby already thinks I'm weird with art stuff, so nothing to lose there! Your neck piece is stunning.


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