I had a lovely walk first thing this morning, before the heat of the day, I was looking for Queens Anne’s Lace [or wild carrot] and Golden Rod they both grow in the hedge rows. The Queens Anne’s Lace was ready but the Golden Rod was not.
The Golden Rod will be ready soon. Here is the Queen Annes lace I gathered ready to make a dye bath.
The flower heads and a few leaves were simmered not boiled for about an hour, then the liquid was strained before adding mordanted the fabric. Below is the silk cotton mix that is the end result
Its a lovely greeny yellow.
How do you feel that women have made progress over the last 100 years?
What would you like to see improved for women in the next ten years?
You will have the chance to create and contribute to a legacy textile wall-hanging expressing your opinions and feelings, through stitch, about what you would like for women in the future, by joining me and others on Saturday October 6th 2018 in Ipswich.
There will be other free craftivist activities and the chance to see ‘The Women’s Quilt’. The Women’s Quilt is the brainchild of Gedling Labour Councillor, Roxanne Ellis but is a collective work undertaken by women across the country inspired by the Femicide Census and Karen Ingala Smith’s Counting Dead Women project. This is probably the last chance that the quilt will be available to view at a public event. Roxanne will be there to talk about the quilt and answer any questions. First shown at the InternationalWomen’s Day 2017 the quilt has travelled across the country as more and more people hear about it and it’s powerful message.
Many other inspiring women can be seen on the Facebook page of Women’s Voices Women’s Votes where 100 women are featured as a lead up to the festival.