I guess my acorns will have a bit of metal influence, like it or not! How did that get in there? Anyway, these are just soaking so they are easier to crush. Pictures of my recent experiments coming soon.
Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I had all kinds of plans today, the rummage sale at Spokane Art Supply, getting some work done at the Potters Guild, maybe visiting with friends. Oh well, a bit of snow is as good an excuse to putter around the house and studio as any. Miss Not-a-Bird and I will be doing just that. She apparently has no interest in post holiday dieting, so I guess the first thing to do is fill up the feeder.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A Good Day
Sunday, December 14, 2014
But a fun color nonetheless! This is the result of my experiment in the last post. The turquoise and mint will make a nice ground layer for an eco print this spring.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Woad and Indigo Fermentation Experiment
I dried a bunch of woad and indigo leaves last fall. I wanted to see what would happen if I tried to ferment powdered leaves instead of buying the actual powdered dye stuff. So far the liquid is turning the right color, and they both have a smell, so we will see what it looks like tomorrow!
Monday, December 8, 2014
On this morning's walk I found this little nest resting in a branch over the Spokane River. It does remind me that I should also probably think about cleaning and reorganizing my own little nest. After a year of eco printing, my studio does resemble a pile of sticks!
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Where did Fall go?
Whew! What with my daughter moving, several fairs and my husband having his fourth "cardiac event" (makes it sound like something I need to send out invites for) the fall just disappeared! My daughter is moved, her cats are back with her and my husband is on the mend so now I can get back to making things. This flutter of stuff is the beginning of a collaged box for a special order. It is nice to be in the studio again!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
But a good one. Despite a cold that won't give up, I got to catch up with a good friend and got quite a bit accomplished. Good night!
Monday, October 27, 2014
To finished scarf.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Goodbye to Green for this Year!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Finally! An Eco Print Sample Book.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Coreopsis Verticillata, Part Two
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The End of Summer is Near!
Yesterday I went to my favorite place to collect driftwood, alas, it is blanketed in a luxurious coating of poison ivy! That will have to wait until next year, when again, the pile will be floating in a bend in the river. I did see a lovely little snake, we traveled together for quite awhile before he turned off into the grass.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Fishing with my Father
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Eco Printing on Paper
More results! These were done with alum as a mordant. Some of the lace leaf maple was fresh, some dried from last fall. Which is almost here again! What happened to summer?
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Eco Printing on Paper
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tansy and Ladybugs
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
On the Road
This is the moon over Priest Lake, Idaho from last night. Since I had no cell service, here it is. I stayed at a lovely place called Granite Creek Marina, a little bit of paradise. Tonight I am in Newport, Washington at an RV park, no amazing pictures - but had a lovely visit from two hummingbirds and a robin that managed to sing with his mouth full, he found a lovely a bug as a before bed snack and still managed to trill away. Guess I'll finish off the wine for mine, but will hold off on the singing. I am here to broil away at the Pend Oreillle Lavender Festival.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I decided to try this out today. I have done some dyeing in jars before but they came out pretty smelly. Hopefully a bit of a boil will help avoid that - we will see what happens down the road!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Hopi Red Dye Amaranth
I am growing tons of the stuff and now can't find a dye recipe. So I decided to see if it steam prints, and, as you can see it does! Now to see if it stays red. These are the flowers shredded up and sprinkled in with pressed leaves. I also threw in some artemisia and locust.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I was out in back steaming silk today and this little person joined me. Busy eating, no matter how the pots and pans were rattling!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble
Doing some experiments with tansy. Although the recommended mordant is usually alum I wanted to see what the pot as mordant would do.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
The Studio is beginning to fill up once again!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Do they always "turn out right"?
Well, depends on what you mean by "right". Some scarves that come out beautiful on one end, but almost blank on the other can be done over. In the case of the fabric above, the coloring was lovely but the overall effect was not so great. When cut into strips the potential came back. I did these flowers with some of them and saved a few larger pieces for future projects.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year!
I hope how I spend today guides the rest of my year. I slept in, cleaned my house and took a walk. While sleeping late all the time is not recommended sometimes one needs to get some rest. I will never be accused of being a neat nick, but the basics are always good. Being outside does me a world of good. Spring will soon be here and the collecting can start again. In the meantime here is photo of what I have done this fall and winter.