The Forager’s Year: February 2020

The Forager’s Year: February 2020

In the second of our posts written by Anneliese Appleby to accompany the forage themed Tinsmiths 2020 calendar, we have a recipe which puts rhubarb centre stage. February: Rhubarb Other hedgerow forage found this month: Nettle, Chickweed, Common Sorrel, Crow Garlic,...

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The Forager’s Year: January 2020

The Forager’s Year: January 2020

In this, the first of a series of posts written by Anneliese Appleby to accompany the forage themed Tinsmiths 2020 calendar, attention is turned to the nutrient-packed watercress plant. January: Watercress Other hedgerow forage found this month: Cowberry, Chickweed,...

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Tinsmiths Calendar 2020: The Forager’s Year

Tinsmiths Calendar 2020: The Forager’s Year

The 2020 Tinsmiths Calendar takes it's inspiration from nature's seasonal bounty. For this, our twelfth Tinsmiths Calendar, the theme is foraging. Beautifully illustrated with linocut designs by Anneliese Appleby, each month showcases a different forage suggestion...

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Linen for curtains & blinds

Linen for curtains & blinds

In the latest in our occasional series of posts about cloth the focus is on linen. Starting with the basics; linen is a fibre which is obtained by processing the 'Linum' or 'Flax' plant. 'Flax' has a pretty blue flower and is grown for both the fibre and the seed all...

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Ticking Fabrics

Ticking Fabrics

Ticking fabric was traditionally a very densely woven cotton herringbone or twill weave cloth used for making mattress & pillow cases. The derivation of the word ‘Ticking’, material used to cover pillows and mattresses, is from the Greek theke, “receptacle”....

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A Lot of Bottle – Winchcombe Pottery

A Lot of Bottle – Winchcombe Pottery

The Bottle Kiln at Winchcombe, last fired in 1954, awaiting restoration. There has been a working pottery on the site at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire since the late 1700's - barring closure during the 1st & 2nd World Wars. Emblematic of country potteries of the...

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The Book of Pebbles

The Book of Pebbles

Who hasn't picked a pebble up whilst strolling the coast of Britain? They look especially inviting lying covered in the shallow water of a rock pool, the wetness showing colour that pales when the salty surface dries. There is something about walking along a beach...

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Patrishow Church

Patrishow Church

At the Eastern fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, on the edge of the Black Mountains, where wild untrammelled landscapes becomes fields and winding lanes, the tiny hillside church of Patrishow or Patricio looks out over panoramic views. About five miles from...

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