Still cold

It's still cold here without the occasional warm days. In spite of this, the brave daffodils, tulips, scilla are holding on. Some are even blooming.


Scilla


For the first time in ages, I'm growing sweet peas. Thought they are prefer cool temperatures, I don't think they'd like to be outdoors in 20 degrees and ice.


 




 

March sunlight

The sun is so beautiful and srtong in March. I'm always amazed at the way the March sun shows the tiniest details. Sunrise in the plant room is a quiet joy.


I've been working with osage orange sawdust and silk thread. Here the sink is soaking in rinse water.


Here it is hanging to dry in the plant room.


The yellow color seems to deepen in the air.


Spring green

Snowdrops


Daffodils



Silk, indigo and weld

Closer to Spring

Everything changes. The morning light is different now.


Determined daffodils


Tulip snouts


 Old and new


Flying north


February

Daisys' favorite weather!


Icicles on the neighbors' house


 


Seeds packets and Valentines' cards


Waiting for spring


 

Ice and snow

A little snow and ice fell overnight.


Yesterday I made a path through the mud with old Christmas tree branches. The birds are making their own path of footprints.


Walnut brew left outdoors


Indigo dye project left out overnight


Sweet, furry Daisy seems to like the cool on her tummy.


 

Late Christmas stockings

Finally finished!



 I let distractions keep me way behind schedule.


  Once I finally buckled down, completing the final three was pretty easy.


 


They'll be early for next year.

 

Indoor dyeing

It's so cold that I'm restricted to indoor projects. This has put a halt to most indigo dyeing since I can't air any wet textiles outside. They freeze almost instantly, and trying to unpin them from the clothesline is really hard.


Frozen hemp


Right now my outdoor dye-work is limited to hurried picture-taking.


 

 



 

January wonder

Just when it seemed too cold for anything but cozy indoor projects, an outdoor wonder appeared.


 When the ground is frozen and the world is ice cold, I toss seeds and crumbs to the birds. Today this fine feathered beauty was waiting and watching the festival of sparrows and pigeons from the power lines



 Those feathers!



I think this is a red-tailed hawk.


What surprised me the most was that the birds on the ground didn't seem to mind him at all.  Also that he simply watched them for nearly an hour.

December Silks

December has been filled with beauty and busy-ness. Happily, I've been able to squeeze in some of my favorite projects, including the dyeing of more silk threads.


After soaking in alum


Indigo


Indigo and weld

Cochineal, madder and indigo


Baby pastels (indgo, madder, weld, walnut)


More madder and cochineal

  Coreopsis flowers, weld and madder


Walnut hulls


Cochineal and madder


Walnut, cochineal and madder

Cochineal and snow

 

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