Beads of red

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The pol­ished scarlet berries of Hyper­icum x in­odo­rum are of­ten seen within an au­tumn bou­quet, but when used alone, the sim­plic­ity of their beauty stands out. The gleam­ing berries, with their ruff of pale green sepals, are snipped and placed into a clean glass jar filled with fresh wa­ter. The jars are then slipped within small linen bags, dyed in warm com­ple­men­tary colours. The bags can be eas­ily made from left­over ma­te­rial, which is cut into a long rec­tan­gle, then folded in half, sewn together at the sides and turned out with the top edge left raw. Dip-dy­ing one of the bags, so that the paler, undyed edge is at the top, cre­ates a strik­ing con­trast, al­low­ing the berries to shine. To do this, a small bowl is filled with the dye and the bag care­fully low­ered in to half­way. It is then drawn out again, leaving the top half clean and white and hung to dry over a sink or empty bucket so that any drip­ping dye will not cause dam­age.

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