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.


 

Coreopsis flower dye

I've been collecting these annual coreopsis flowers all summer. They're small but they pack a punch in the dye pot. These plants are getting a little ragged but are still popping out the blossoms.


 


 

 The brew has a nice, fresh medicinal smell


Silk embroidery threads dyed with coreopsis flowers. The one on the right was dyed with coreopsis and madder roots.


 

August sunrise and madder


 


Early morning on the back porch . The sunrises seem different lately. The angle of the light is interesting.I guess this is always true, but I'm sure noticing it a lot these days.


Interesting morning sky


 


As usual lately, I'm still dyeing silk threads. Before dyeing the silk is exquisite.


 


Dyed with madder roots. I love the wide and surprising range of warm shades from madder.


 


The morning's work wound up.


 

Gathering linen

 

In the moments between visitors, phone calls and household chores, I sorted, washed, and ironed  some odds and ends of indigo dyed linen fabric.

These are some of the leftovers from experiments and bits of fabrics I dyed and put away thinking I might use them in the future. They add up quickly.


 


 Yellow and indigo moon.


 


None of these are "perfect", but they're still pretty good.



Id like to be able to mimic these patterns!


 

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!


 

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.


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

Warmth and inspiration!

bBloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)


 Suddenly it's warm! The garden is joyful and beautiful. The back-yard colors inspire natural dyeing.


These silks were dyed with walnut hulls, coreopsis flowers, weld and indigo


Crocus


Violet shades from madder, lac and indigo


King Alfred Daffodils


Greens, yellow and blues from weld, coreopsis flowers and indigo


The very brave Scilla


Indigo


Warm morning sky

I'm very grateful for this rare, lovely and warm Spring day.


 

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

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