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.

Back to normal...(cold!)

After two days of sunshine and warmth, the cold winds and gray skies have returned. I'm trying to keep the sweet pea youngsters from getting too cold while still giving them light.


I know they don't mind cool temperatures, but surely they don't like freezing. I've been carrying them outdoors in the daytime and back in at night. This morning  I made a little tent for the containers with clear plastic to let in the light and keep out the very cold wind.


Happily, the scilla doesn't mind at all. Patience, endurance, gratitude and cheerfulness live in the garden.

Wool Pot holders


Undyed wool loops


Years ago, a dear friend shared a huge 5 pound bag of pure wool pot holder loops with me.. Little did I know at the time just how valuable and hard to find these would become. I dyed the loops with natural colors, and made potholders for gifts and for sale.

June Inspiration

II've been dyeing silk threads in colors inspired by the velvety shades of  petunias


Combinations of lac, logwood, madder and indigo


 The milkweed flowers have begun to bloom. The air is filled  with their heavy sweetmess. The tender, muted pinks seemed like the perfect color for some handspun wool yarn I've been saving.


Milkweed  (Asclepias syriaca)


Handspun wool yarn soaked overnight in alum.

June morning

June morning


It's so fine to step outside barefoot,without a sweater, and get started right away. On most mornings,this means just wandering around in wonder and amazement.for awhile.


The backyard is not big, but the cherry tree doesn't seem to mind.



The blackbirds and squirrels .are ready to pounce!


A clothesline fiull of projects

 Silk organza after soaking overnight in alum water



 Another piece of organza dyed with indigo


Vintage linen napkins

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