Happy morning

Our youngest son is coming home today to vist after a really long time.

This is a  very happy morning...:)

 


 


In the midst of major tidy-ing up, I came across these little odds and ends of wool yarn. They were dyed with cochineal, indigo, and coreopsis flowers.


 

June 4 2019

 


 Summer in this old neighborhood. The next-door neighbor's porch is crumbling, The big elm tree had to be trimmed a bit more.

Beauty lives in both growth and decline.


 


 Chubby robin children on the front porch yesterday evening


 


 I love this part of town.


 

June 2019

 


Lots of rain lately. The columbines are blooming.


 


It's fun to plant a packet of mived color columbine seeds. These were planted last year  and the blooms are a lovely suprise.I love their color and shape.


 


Sunlight between storms. (Yes, the garage has seen better days.)



Muddy path


 


Dry land!


Madder silks

 


I've been gathering amd sorting some madder dyed silks .


 


Organza


 


 


Raw silk


 

May 11


 


 Woad in bloom. Simple and swetly scented.


 


It looks a little weedy next to the fancy tulips, but it's just as precious to me.

 

May

 


I dyed some hemp silk fabrics with madder roots and indigo. This is one of my very favorite,most intersting kinds of fabric.


 


 This piece of hemp/silk  dyed with madder seems to echo the tulip shades.



 

 The madder patch is thriving


 

April 18


 April is the change-iest month! This is how things looked last Sunday.


 

Cold woad plant


 

Poor daffodils


Chilly scilla


T    Today the serviceberry is about to bloom.


And the daffodils are fine!


 

April 11

Bloodroot  ( Sanguiria canadensis)


After such a long winter, the garden in  April is a thrill!


 


 May apples  (Podophyllum peltatum)


The May apples begin like little umbrellas


 


 Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)


These trilliums will have gorgeous garnet-red blooms


 


Scilla


 


 This patch of blue began as a dozen little bulbs many years ago..


 


Woad (Isatis tinctoria)

Testing the germination of some woad seeds. Despite cold, wet and windy weather, so far, so good.

Clearing out the boxes again


It's time to sort through the heaps again.....

Most of these are pieces leftover from other projects and experiments.. Some have imperfections. I was waiting to find a way to use them or fix them. I'm pretty sure I won't after all.


 


This one isn't so bad really.


Vintage silk pieces dyed with cochineal, weld, indigo and madder roots.


Fancy vintage Japanese silk and fresh indigo leaves.


Silk organza indigo and snow


 


I'm so fortunate to be able to work with color every day. Off to fill up the baskets again!

November 2

November has arrived suddenly!  It's been gorgeous - chilly and fresh, and tonight there may be a little snow. I've been rushing to plant hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs before it gets really cold.


 

There's so much to be done that I can hardly begin. One thing I have gotten done is to sort through some of the giant collections of silk scraps. Above is a little of the walnut dyed vintage silk.


 


Scraps of indigo dyed silk


Inspiration on the ground.


 

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