Shells on the beach.

A small sidetrack….. I said that I would post photos of the fabric we dyed last weekend. Let’s just say, at this point, the fabric is stunning. The African sun worked her magic as usual. Our photographer is slightly behind schedule. He will catch up soon.

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Puppies at Pipeline Beach

In the meantime, we went to the beach on Sunday morning – to walk ourselves and play with our puppies. We have busy, multifaceted lives. We are working moms with 2 legged and 4 legged children, mad scientist fabric dyers, quilters and we train search and rescue dogs (and anti poaching dogs). We each have a puppy which is in training to become a certified search and rescue dog. My blog documenting the training of the puppies can be found here. Basically the bottom line is, if you get lost in the mountains, preferably a South African mountain, we can come and find you. But that’s a story for another day and space.

The question people might ask, and it’s what I would ask: What does dog training have to do with fabric dyeing and quilting? Well, it’s simple really, because we are training wilderness search dogs we are often out and about in the “wilderness” – the mountains, beach, bush etc. Most of our inspiration comes from being out in the African “wilderness”. This leads back to the point of today’s post. Don’t you love circles? I collected the most amazing shells on the beach yesterday. They will definitely be inspiration for another range of hand dyed fabric.


Now its back to being a mad scientist and play some more with fabric and fabric dye.


What the mad scientists have been up to……

The 2 mad scientists had a play date last Sunday afternoon. Our mission was to mix dye randomly (ok, almost randomly) to see what new colours we came up with. What fun. We took Blue and Gold and mixed a bit of this and a bit of that. Then we added red just for fun.

Being a mad scientist and a rational person that can create colour recipes is like swapping between Jekyll and Hyde roles. Lisette and I complement each other. I’m much better at being Jekyll and she is Hyde or is it the other way around? There is a reason why I am known as the Mad Scientist number 1. She is logic and reason to my craziness.

Here are some of the photos from our afternoon. The first photo is of what our dye room looked like after we had finished throwing dye at fabric. If you look closely our new range, “Moroccan Spices” is starting to appear – see the middle row of containers.


How about these results? Looking good? I see the beginnings of the new range. The fabric is even hanging over a rustic fence and traditional green farm gate to prove that we indeed live in Africa. What do you think?

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Now it’s time for the mad scientists to be reigned in and the detailed analyst to come out and document the new recipes so that we can reproduce these colours.

In the meantime… I wonder what the mad scientists are cooking up next. I heard rumours of greys and creams…. .Guess they say, watch this space and all will be revealed soon.