August 2020

 


 The outside world is very strange and it's not so dependable right now. Routines have been obliterated, and the ordinary has been lost. In our city of Chicago, each day contains unwelcome surprises.

The backyard world of the garden is true and dependable. There are always changes, mostly gradual and sensible. Every year the garden is a little different, but always a delight.

These Japanese morning glories have just begun blooming. Since the days have been so hot here, the flowers don't last very long. They sort of melt in the hot morning sunshine.

March 5 2020

 


New batches of madder roots and onion skins soaking in the sunshine.


 


 Checking the color of the madder brew


 


Hemp and indigo shibori 


 


 A bit of bloom


 


 About to bloom!


 

November 26


 Chinese lantern


 


The plants had to come in early this year. They don't love being indoors, but at least they're alive.


 


Mikweed pods have burst open.


A little indigo

 


 

 

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.


 

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


 

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.


 

October 30 2018


Several limbs of the beautiful old Kwanzan cherry had to be removed. The backyard is very different now.  The light is harsher and when I go outdoors I feel more exposed.


At least the hickory tree out front is still full. A pair of downy woodpeckers visited yesterday. I don't know who made this giant nest = maybe squirrels?


Some of the day's work. Handspun wool and indigo.

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!


 

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!


 

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