Just the leaves of polygonum tinctorium + water + time. Amazing to me that someone was playing and discovered that the same leaves can dye fabric blue.
We need play for so many reasons.
Yesterday I went to a conference about the importance of play for children, presented by Bev Bos and Michael Leeman. I believe that it is just as important for adults. To be creative, to be problem solvers, to continue to learn and grow.
Little scraps of heart found their way into a stream of wool
carded and spun into yarn and then knitted,
another layer to the poncho
The little line curving from the dark towards the left is a piece of peacock feather, added by the woman I bought the yarn from (Schoonover farms).
I thought about how the layers are like strata and thought of bedrock.
From Home Ground, A Guide to the American Landscape:
"Strata are layers of sedimentary rock that form beds or bands of colored or textured material...Strata vary in thickness... Each bed contains fossils set down in a specific sequence with a definite mode of deposition-river silt, beach sand, coal swamp, sand dune, or lava." Defined by Mary Swander
"The rock that lies hidden deep beneath layers of topsoil and subsoil can be relied upon not to change its composition....It seems to lie immutable beneath our feet and serves as a foundation and parent material to the land, both structurally and chemically, since its mineral composition, permeability, and other characteristics may greatly influence the layer that forms above it." Defined by Barbara Kingsolver.
It may be hard to see the color, but the silk dyed in the indigo I harvested turned a pale aqua. The cottons and the wool didn't absorb much color.
My other wisp of silk blew away in the wind today. It was a darker aqua, perhaps because of the rust in the pot.
I found that the indigo that has been growing in the water was much easier to work with then the indigo that has been in the soil. It breaks down easier, which in turn, allows the color in the leaves to release better.
I have a theory that indigo that is grown in soil and well watered would likely be easier to work with as well. I have been stingy with the water this summer. Something to think about for next year.
I followed directions from here for this batch. I have more indigo so I'm going to try this and this.
Last night was the final outdoor concert down by the bay this year.
Salsa music. Lots of dancers. On the walk back to the car, along the boardwalk there was an almost full moon, a seal popping up and down, a man with his dog in a canoe paddling along and a wedding party taking pictures and setting off lanterns...
zucchini, tomatoes, beans, tomatillos, blackberries, and a lily I saved from the slugs.
Yarn to finish the poncho. The black is local wool from Schoonover Farm. Spun on my drop spindle so that I could have it be more thick than thin. The white with flecks is some more of the yarn I was given by a friend. I don't have much of it but it will be enough to add a bit of contrast.