I've been sorting through fabric and have gathered all the fabric I've dyed with plants. Elderberry leaves, sumac, indigo, onion skins, pomegranate skins, red cabbage, blackberries, hazelnut leaves, apple leaves, avocado pits, black beans, marigolds. I believe the bottom piece of fabric was dyed with elderberry leaves.
Yesterday afternoon and evening there was thunder, lightening and rain, lots of rain. Seemed like a good idea to turn the computer off for a bit so I'm combining two days into one.
Before the rainstorm I worked in the garden. Found a winter squash hanging in one of the apple trees, about 3 feet off the ground:
and this from the black bean dye pot:
The moon is where the fabric was resting against a penny. This hasn't been washed yet.
Other projects done on Sunday:
5 jars of corn relish and 4 jars of mixed pickles (peppers, green beans, onions and carrots).
Last night's dinner. The salad is made from wheat berries, a tomato, cheddar cheese, a bit of the corn relish and a few olives. Plus a few walnuts. The relish could be replaced with a bit of corn and diced onion. I used olive oil and no vinegar (since the relish is tangy), but a vinaigrette could be used as well.
On the side, vegetable fritters made with corn, cauliflower, zucchini, and peppers.
One of the things that interests me greatly is dyeing with plants. The connection of environment/garden to making and purpose. As a more natural way of coloring things. An article by Rita Buchannan in a magazine was my first inspiration many years ago. Her book, A Weaver's Garden is a wonderful resource. And then I discovered Wild Color by Jenny Dean and then India Flint and I've been exploring ever since. Maybe not as much as I'd like, but learning more each year.
Some of my latest experiments:
Onion skin, Sumac fruit, black bean and copper (3 pieces of blue), hazelnut, sumac fruit, and another batch of onion skins.
Sumac fruit up close.
Thinking about the importance of adapting to what is available to us, what is local and part of our environment...