Greens

 


 I often receive customer requests for more green silks. This is always a welcome excuse to experiment with shades of yellow and indigo


 


 Sometimes the yellow comes from coreopsis flowers. Even the red ones give yellow dye.


 


Reaching naturally dyed green is intersting and challenging


It's so rewarding to see the different, (un-repeatable) shades!


 

Wool scarf...learning from mistakes

 


Today I tried making a felted wool scarf.  I've had a box of wool fleece waiting for a really long time.  After watching a you-tube video in which 2 ladies used a wool base for their scarves, I cut a strip of wool fabric as a foundation to start with.


 


Then I layered on a bit of roving. As it turns out, not enough, and not the right color.


 


Next the unwashed, uncombed dark brown locks and wool. The tips are sun bleached orange and yellow.


 


 It took hours to cover the whole piece with the dark wool


 

August

 


Summer is ripening


 


 Phlox has a sweet, somehow sad fragrance


 


To commemorate the end of July, I made a small harvest of Japanese Indigo leaves yesterday. . I dyed some silk organza.


Fresh indigo

I had a chance to do some fresh-leaf indigo dyeing yesterday. Sadly, my camera is misbehaving and I couldn't take pictures of the whole process. 


 


I don't know any other way to get these colors without fresh indigo leaves


 


It's a real summer treat!


 


 

Selenicereus grandiflorus

 


Selenicereus grandiflorus

After several years, the selenicereus plant has bloomed!.


 


The buds are quite interesting.  They start out as a fuzzy white spot on the stem, then grow to look like a rabbits' foot.


 


 The flower bud pushes through the fuzz and elongates. To the immature mind, this can be a great source of silly laughter...:)


 


A little more dignified...


 


Some white showing through


 


Almost ready


 


Like fireworks! 


 

July

 So far, July has been packed with projects and flowers



 Indigo and cochineal shibori scarves


 


Hand-spun silk yarn dyed with  woad


More Naturally dyed embroidery silks


 


Inspiration!


 

June 29

June 29 is my younger brothers' birthday. 


 

Climbing Westerland rose


The garden is celebrating with me!


 

Gratitude

Plenty of rain


 

Wild campanula


 


First sweet pea flower


 


 

 Happy harvest


 


Thank You.

New roses

Rose  Henrys' Gold

June 16


Portulaca

It's very hot with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity.. Outdoors really smells like summer.. The scent is both sharp and sweet. It reminds me of summers past.

The heat makes it hard for me to work on anything besides spinning hemp fiber into yarn. and dyeing it with indigo.


 


I've also kept up dyeing the silk thread.


Silk threads dyed with indigo, coreopsis flowers,walnut hulls and madder

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