We have now completed four out of five of the Laines of the 1792 map of Brighthelmstone - leaving only this one, the West Laine, left to knit this year.
As you can see it's mostly green, the colour of the Kemp family who owned half of Brighton and a great deal of the surrounding downland.
The three coloured strips just outside the old town are today the Churchill Square shopping area, the car parks down to the Metropole Hotel on the seafront.
All of the above skeins were dyed with woad! For the first time this year, I tried dyeing with woad flowers - and I got yellow. When I overdyed with woad, I got a good strong green that I'm calling Brighton Green. The pink skein was what happened when I repeated the experiment... but after a while the same vat yielded yellow again - and two weeks later I'm still getting yellow.
KNIT & NATTER
We'll be knitting the last part of the 1792 map of Brighthelmstone this week - do join us if you can.
We'll be knitting the West Laine IN the West Laine. C&H Fabrics is on Western Road (which did not exist in 1792)
between 10.00 and 4.00 on Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th.
We will have maps showing the West Laine, from Russell Street to Waterloo Street and from Upper North Street to the seafront, and how it has changed since Kemp owned it all 130 years ago.
Hope to see you there.
GOING FOR GREEN
I have spent the last few months dyeing with a variety of yellows (including the extraordinary results from woad flowers on the left) and then overdyeing with woad leaves.
We will be using the results this week to knit the West Laine.
For the full story behind the KTM project, check out the old site here.