Beads of red
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.