Saturday, September 7, 2019

Natural Dyed Cotton and is this Finger weave or Sprang or

Have been dipping some Organic Yarn that may have been predyed or premordanted. Was probably 20+ years ago purchased it. Have decided to use what have or let go to someone who will, unless have a feeling a future family member might want it (My Children might have a Child/Children).
So had a old dehydrated dye in a glass yogurt, so added some water. Found some red corn cobs in a jar, and Flowering Pear bark soaking, Started a container of tannin water, poured some indigo vat (non reduced) into a jar and dipped away.  Also on old linen vest top, painting across it. Only rinsed it once and it dried in hot sun. Not a lot of Blue in it, and sometimes yarn looks mauvish and then olivey.

I wrapped the dip dyed parts around the cone as it was a test to see if would work to make a darker yarn that needed for a hat was crocheting.

FOund some old handwoven piece son had found at a thrift store and his Grandmother bought for him many years ago. Its here and son moved away. Whats left of it as looks motheaten. Saw a You Tube vid other day on old fingerwoven weaving and belts from diff parts of world. Lithuania and Canadian Indians. Then it looks similiar to Sprang also. Wonder where the weaving started and how it was spread. they all seem crossing threads like bobbin lace weaving. › finger › belts       

Might try to replicate this. Like how it comes out  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Natural dyes and fibers

While looking up something, became very lost onto another, then another webpage.
This had some hadnt heard of 
Also has pages for fibers, foods, medicinal, gums....
    Golden wild-indigo (green), Tall cinquefoil (black, green, orange, red),Indiangrass (brown, green)a sorgum, Western comandra (brown, yellow), Prairie Bluets (brown, yellow), Indian blanket (black, green, yellow)

Pecan (brown)

Orange Dyes

Bloodroot (brown, yellow)
Sassafras (black, green, purple, yellow)
Eastern Cottonwood (black, brown, yellow)
Plains Coreopsis (black, green, yellow, brown)
Red Dyes Ozark chinkapin (black, yellow, brown)
Sumac (yellow, green, brown, black)
Prairie Parsley (yellow, brown)
Slippery Elm (brown, green, yellow)
Black Willow (black, green, orange, yellow)
Purple / Blue Dyes
Hairy coneflower (brown, green, yellow, black)
Red Mulberry (brown, yellow, green)
Mountain alder (brown, red, orange)
Summer Grape (orange, yellow, black)
Black Locust (black, green, yellow, brown)
Green Dyes Butterfly milkweed (yellow)
Texas Paintbrush (green, red, yellow)
Basket flower (yellow)
Sagebrush (yellow, gray)
Stinging nettle
Goldenrod (yellow, brown)
Gray Dyes Iris (black)
Butternut (brown)
Canaigre Dock (yellow, green, brown)
Brown Dyes Prickly poppy (green, orange, yellow)
Texas Paintbrush (green, red, yellow)
Elderberry (yellow)
Downy Phlox (brown, green, yellow)
Black Dyes Northern Catalpa (brown, yellow)
Sumac (yellow, red, green, brown)
May-apple (brown, yellow)
Sand Evening Primrose (green, orange, red, yellow)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

So Excited , well was, Fox, saw a fox this morning.

While sitting in bed, as had started cooking breakfast and figuring what to start on first today. How to fix landline or if it is the phone companies side that is "broken". Noticed some movement and looked out of window but didnt see anything moving. Then looked up higher and noticed a very small coyote  or maybe it was a fox, which the way it hopped like a cat, with arched back, as though to pounce.
Went to open window and the fox heard me and turned, looking curious, then decided to keep on
in previous direction as disappeared over the hill.

Books on Indigo, Shibori, fiberarts

Email from
has amazing list of books for weaving , natura dying and many cultural ways of making and
decorationing fabric.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Favorite Wildflower + (and color) - Shooting Star



First time saw Shooting Stars in a field across a hillside, was speechless with how beautiful they were. The fragrance was wonderful and uplifting.  

This is my desktop, for a few years, just finally noticed, a beetle where thought just pollen heads -the dark purple.                 

They are so many shades of pink to orchid to almost white.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monarch butterflies and using native instead of non native milkweed.

Monarch butterflies (along with Swallowtail, sulfurs, whites....) vist our yard. We dont have any milkweed plants and just read here
That is better not to grow non native milkweeds for the Monarch butterfly. Also had a page with videos and 1 on growing mildweed. Harvest when seeds are brownish (press slightly on crack in pod) but dont collect a pod that is open and had Milkweed bugs on it as they also feed on the seeds and might collect non viable seeds. They used onion bags as they are breathable. The fun part is seperating from the fluff, which can stuff pillows with. Might try spinning with it but heard need the young fibers for that to work. It is very silky shiny.

Friday, August 25, 2017

PEACH tree on the patio

  Thought had wrote about the peach tree months ago, as it was planted about 2 yrs ago in a large pot as was any other outstanding tasty item with a seed I ate. SO wasnt sure it it was an almond or peach. The avocado died during several repeated blistering heat. They were from a small no fiber fruit with a small seed!
This year the peach flowered, it is about 5 feet tall and 17 fruit were ripening. We ate them and were pretty good. Were a yellow fruit and was surprised as usually get white peaches/nectarines as less acidic. 
  So we had this miracle of seed growing , up to age to flower, then low chill hours needed for fruiting.
The last one fell off into a pot next to tree and found partially muched. Then it disappeared, no other trouble with 'varmints on peach. They were quite frequent on the Royal grape vine.