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red osier dogwood brown

December 22, 2010

All the preparations for  Christmas can make me a little crazy! I decided I absolutely had to make a small basket–right now. Even though I’ve never developed any skills in that direction. So–I researched my books–I have many, and decided to cut some red osier dogwood branches and peel the bark off which gave me a nice little pile of shavings. So-o, into the dye pot it went.

The yarns, from left to right are: linen, cotton and raw silk.  Think it is worth trying the bark/peelings in some eco dyeing.

The basket “thing” will have to wait until I recover from the crazies!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2014 3:07 pm

    oh heck–you’re in BC, what am i thinking????


    • June 12, 2014 4:25 pm

      Arlee – thanks for the offer. mine was old and the trunk was big. I need to dig out the roots before I get another


  2. June 12, 2014 2:25 pm

    oh LOVELY! I get such wonderful prints from the leaves, that i did wonder about dye potential as well–shall have to try now! Thanks for sharing!


    • June 12, 2014 2:59 pm

      Arlee – my dogwood died (not dyed) over the winter. I miss it.


      • June 12, 2014 3:06 pm

        we have tons of it here in Calgary along the river, where i walk the DogFaced Girl–ifi could send , i would, but there’s that pesky border issue 🙂


  3. December 22, 2010 4:56 pm

    This made me laugh as l should be packing for leaving tomorrow…what am l doing…re-winding my own dyed thread!!!! Eco dyeing seems to have taken over my life!Hax Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you my new blogging friend! Lynda


  4. December 22, 2010 4:17 pm

    red osier is a favorite basketry material from my pregnancy days. i later tried steaming and stripping bark for papermaking, unsuccessfully. i send you a photo (if i remember) or a basket or two.


    • December 22, 2010 4:30 pm

      it needs pruning 2-3 times a year, decided I should try doing something with. I like the colour in the winter.Was wondering if it would be good for paper.



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