Today I get the chance to use one of my favourite words – Petrichor! It means the pleasant smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of dry, warm weather. Yes, it’s rained and I’m so thankful as I took part in a tree planting session on Tuesday. The little silver birch and horse chestnut babies have been able to have a good drink today. For those who need to know, (and I always want to know how a word came into being), Petra is Greek for stone and ‘ichor’ is used in Greek mythology to refer to the golden fluid that is supposed to flow through the veins of Gods and Immortals. Nice eh! There is a reason for getting all earthy and scent focused today, the two Traders I want you to meet are both using natural dyes and materials to create the most wonderful yarns and fibres. Their stands will be a feast for the senses – colour, touch, and smell. I know I will have to restrain myself when I’m in the vicinity of these two traders, as yarns, dyes and fibres for felting are my sweet spot.
The first trader I want to mention today is Fiery Felts. Fiery Felts is Helen Melvin and she is based in North Wales, so is making a long trip to be with us in Swansea. Helen uses all natural dyes to create her felted fibres. She grows many of the plants she uses, and as well as using them to dye fibres, she also creates botanical inks. The inks can be used for colouring fabric as well as papers, and I’m wondering if you can use them to write with as well. Yesterday I found out about ‘ice-dyeing’ and today I found out about ‘solar-dyeing’. It sounds amazing and Fiery Felts has all the items you need to have a go yourself. I expect a huge hike in the sale of Kilner Jars on Amazon or a raid on all the local charity shops!
The second trader in today’s blog is Treskilion Yarns. Treskilion are based in Carmarthenshire, so are almost local for Swansea. Treskilion yarns are kettle-dyed and they have a really exciting range of yarns. There are wonderful mixes of British wool breeds, such as Blue Faced Leicester and Corriedale, combined with alpaca, silk and linen in their different yarn weights. The colours have very atmospheric names, such as Otter’s Cairn, Sea Stepper and Gloaming, and are deep intense shades. I can’t wait to see the yarns for real, and to touch and smell the skeins, (yep, I’m a true yarn fanatic, and I am happy to admit it!). I think I may be volunteering super early on the Saturday so that I can see these yarns up close before the crowds arrive. If only I had lots of family to knit for, then I could freely indulge my knitting habit!