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WELCOME TO KTM

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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.
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West Laine space
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.
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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.

 
 
 

 

WHITEHAWK FESTIVAL
The next time you'll be able to see the Woolly Umbrella at work will be here...
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...the Whitehawk Festival from
12.30 - 4.30 on Saturday 19 July.
Here's a link to the Free University site where you can find more information.

GROW YOUR OWN COLOUR
Jenny Dean gave us a number of plants for the dye garden at the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft. Volunteers helped us plant them in the raised beds and the border and here's the flax after one week!
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Thanks to Lucy Jenner for the photo AND the watering.

ARCHIVES
For the full story behind the KTM project, check out the old site here.
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