Fresh indigo

A basket of indigo leaves


After grinding the leaves with ice water


The beautiful green brew


 


 Silk scarf and fabric airing. There are lots of indigo leaf bits still to be washed and rinsed away.


 

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.

February 27

 


The start of another destashing session... It's surprising how quickly new projects crowd out the old. So often I think I'll work a little more on a piece, maybe try to develop the color more, but the day is already filled with other work, so I put it away for "later". Later doesn't come.  The sensiible thing is to gather up some of these and list them for sale as they are, spots, speckles, and all.


 


Groups of indigo dyed napkkins. Most have a little dyeing mistake, but the I think the fabrics are still lovely.



 

Madder silks

 


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


 


Organza


 


 


Raw silk


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


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