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elderberry as a natural dye
Making natural dye for wool with Elderberry

Natural dye from the elderberry would give a nice lilac even without mordant. The colour variation from lilac to purple is interesting enough for me to try it as a natural dye for my sheep wool. The elderberry, Sambucus nigra, happens to have plenty of berries at the moment. I show you how I made the natural dye.

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make or buy sustainable presents - lavender wreath
Make your own lavender wreath out of fresh lavandin

This month another DIY job that can only be done with fresh lavender. Namely a lavender wreath. If you are like me into lavender you have to try it sometime. And I must say I like the result. This wreath is made from Heavenly Scent lavandin and on our beautiful Spanish front door it looks really good. I will show you how I made the wreath.

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DIY lavender flower press
How to make a lavender flower press?

Making a lavender flower press can’t be that hard, can it? But I don’t know what works best for lavender. So now that the first lavenders can be harvested I thought it would be a good time to try it out.

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washing raw sheep wool
Washing raw wool: the best working method

I am going to wash raw wool to test the quality as felting wool. Maybe for the last time because I hope to have a large batch of sheep wool washed soon. Over the past 2 years I have gained a lot of experience in washing raw wool. While washing this small batch I tell you about my experiences.

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how to make dried lavender bags
How to make a lavender bag in a triangle shape

To make dried lavender bags is easier than you think. At first I tried a model with four triangles and that was quite a job, until I found this design. I tell you how you can make dried lavender bags in a triangle shape or where to buy them.

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Essential.blue lavender invitation card
Lavender invitation make it your self with real lavender

Kraft cardboard and the full colours of good dried lavender go together very well. Today I felt like doing a little DIY project. Make your own lavender invitation card from Kraft cardboard and lavender. You can, of course, buy envelopes and cards, but I happened to have Kraft cardboard. Besides, you can make your lavender invitation card so much more personal.

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natural dyeing with dandelion
Natural dyeing wool with dandelion

The dandelion has just started to bloom in the fields. I’m curious to see how natural dyeing wool with dandelion will turn out. Now that I have an abundance of sheep’s wool, the time has come to make something of it. I bought the book Wild Color by Jenny Dean and I’m eager to get started.

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