Thursday, October 10, 2013

First experiments

Here is my little back porch set-up!

First results...apple leaves yielded the yellowish, and maple leaves gave off this lovely pink:

Next, concord grapes and avocado skins:

This is a little bit of the above that I rinsed and hung out in the sun for a while to see what would happen:

All of these I did in a little copper pot...boiled the bundles a little, let them sit overnight and then I dried them in the oven, which is always warm due to the pilot light.

I also made a scarf but don't have pix yet.  Next experiments will be with steaming bundles!

There was a memorial service out at my favorite farm for Barbara, the matriarch.  I will miss her.  Here are the donkeys...they weren't feeling too sociable, but I can't go there without taking a picture of them, and they kind of know that, so they didn't run off altogether.

And here is Gilly who is learning to play ball!  (sorry for the fuzzy photo) I thought that, in a way, except for her hair, and the fact that she's a dog, and a few other factors, she looks a bit like a proud penguin who has just produced an egg...

That's all for now...I'm going to the ocean for a spell.  Love to all.







12 comments:

  1. Seems you & I are both *porching it* these days ;>]] My little hot plate looks just like that, but in white ... does the trick quite nicely. You've some lovely colors going! And that miz Gilly, well, she is in a spectrum all her own.

    Happy 'sperimenting, my friend!

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    1. Hi Christi, now I'm up the coast a ways and brought my hot plate with me...I did my foraging this afternoon, and tomorrow I'll start the steaming! Something will be revealed, but who knows what! Can't wait to see your colors...

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    1. Jude, yes, the rhythm has started up again...I've been going off in different directions...glad to be re-centering...

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  3. Such interesting results from your dyeing experiments!
    I love the jolly horse in your title picture.
    And thank you for the kind comment on my blog!

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    1. Hello Eva! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Suzanna, Guess what? You are getting a free copy of my new book, "Misfits of Love" just for leaving a comment on my blog the other day. SO you'll have to contact me and send me your mailing address. the book won't be ready until mid-late November.

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    1. Hi Katherine...this is my lucky day! Thank you, thank you!

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  5. so LUCKY, your time with India! and your photographs
    added to the rest are wonderful.
    and of course that little penguin of yours, well......
    xoxo

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    1. Hello Grace! Am so glad you stopped by...I'm getting intrigued by this dyeing activity...right now there is something waiting to be pulled from the kettle and looked at!

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  6. You've got lovely results! I must try the apple leaves too. I tried grapes, first I had a lovely purple colour, but now it's gradually fading into some kind of grey.

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    1. Hi Sandra! Yes, my purple is fading more too...so far I'm doing best with lovely browns, and soon I'll show results from a eucalyptus tree...

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