Archive | April, 2013

Tuesday is dyeing day………2,240 black teasels drying on a pole etc etc First fine day I’ve had time to do this job. Indian ink in my hair, on my face and all over my clothes, but it is successful and quite quick to do. This number of teasels should cover one pole….. Interestingly the shellac […]

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I’ve also finally cracked the best way of turning the teasels black. Spray paint too much mess, waste and smell. Black dye doesn’t seem to get absorbed through outer layer. But Nina suggested Indian ink, so I tried some Quink first and then a small bottle of Indian ink and have now placed a large […]

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Teasels are taking over my life and my house. Spiders are leaving the teasels and spreading their webs all over this room. I now have over 4000 teasels bunched up in ‘hands’ of 40.

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Teasels are taking over my house……Had very frustrating day trying to sort out best method to spray paint teasels. Lots of conflicting advice, and lots of different types of paint that I could use. But as to the results…… I’m not going to know if anything works unless I try it. Hoping I can borrow […]

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Have been trying to spray the teasels black while weather is warm and there is little wind but the way I’m doing it is not going to be cost effective. I need a professional or at the very lease professional equipment. They don’t look too bad but obviously the flash highlights the defects. But,  I […]

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Found a really good haul today AND the sun was shining. I’ve found another area of Brean Down which is more sheltered and hence there is less damage to the teasels. I also found some on the roadside near Burnham’s Tesco! Sedgemoor certainly seems to have more teasels than around my locality so it has […]

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Mrs Coates from the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St Gregory (on the Somerset Levels) http://www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk, has very kindly given me a small quantity of Dipsacus sativus teasels from their shop display. The Coate family grew these teasels up until the late 1980s and exported them to Iceland where they were used to raise the nap […]

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Collecting teasels is an ongoing project but has been quite problematical what with the bad weather and finding a plentiful source. Brean Down has proved fruitful although the ones on higher ground have been damaged but the wind and rain. I’ve started cutting them off the main plants and test spraying them black before assembling […]

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