Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist. My current emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with me on Facebook at Drye Goods Studio.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Moscow Renaissance Fair 2015!

This fair is really fun! Where else can you shop for fine hand made items AND see a giant dragon at the same time? It looks like it should be sunny this weekend (for a change) and this is a quick drive down from Spokane. Come by booth 71 and say hi!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Log Book

I keep a notebook that lists each scarf or piece of fabric that I eco print. I note what the fabric weave and content is, the mordant I use and of course  the plant matter used. I try to go back and make notes on what worked or didn't  and if I decided to do any over dying  as well.
The old notebook was "as is" from the store. It had flaming  blue butterflies on the front and had quite  a  collection  of neon green Post-it notes sticking out of it. Not too attractive.
Now that it is time for a new one I decided to be more intentional  about it. I used hand made papers to back up one of the eco print  papers I did last year. I may even buy a high class pen to go with it. It will be a lot more pleasant to scribble in this one for the next year or so.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jar Dyes

I decided  to put up some "witch jars" today. I call them that as sometimes the results  are magical - sometimes kind of scary! Anyway, these will set on the sunny side of the greenhouse  until I need something  to  steam print then I will take them out and work with them. About the only experiment  in these are privet  berries, they got really dried out, not sure what will happen!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sea Glass

When I decided months ago to tumble my own glass shards I had no idea it would  turn into  such a project. First the saved bottles  need to be stored. This morning  I realized  just exactly  how many there were so I had better get at it before I end up on Hoarders.  Or an AA meeting. Of course  the  first one I smashed had all the really good chunks stuck to the label. Since I didn't  really want to slice up my fingers trying  to  get those pieces off, I have resorted  to soaking the labels off the bottles  first. Now to begin the peeling process. I feel the same way I do when faced with making potato  salad. I want the salad, but wish the elves were here to make it!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Green Again!

Yesterday I discovered the balsam  root is up and some far enough  along to pick. It is so nice to have a green plant to work with. I also found  the beginnings  of  knapweed and artemisia  so I am tossing that in with dried leaves, privet  berries  and the red blossoms  from cottonwood.