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August 27, 2014

keeping watch


the hollyhocks are finished


2 pounds of frozen flowers – I needed the space in the freezer!

handspun silk, mordanted with alum

brought to a simmer, then the frozen flowers added

simmered for an hour and left to cool overnight


8 ounces of a dark denim blue

in the exhaust bath, same dye procedure,  4 ounces of a dark grey

the first dyeing absorbed all the blue

the third skein was dyed with rose/pink blossoms – it is a medium pinky beige (darker than in the picture)

all the skeins were tussah silk – the colours might be different on a white silk

the ties are cotton and with the dark blossoms are a pale mauve


nature knows the seasons are changing


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2014 2:35 am

    lovely muted colors.
    the angel trumpets have not stopped blooming this year giving me cosmic angst.


  2. August 28, 2014 12:30 pm

    I also have Autumn cyclamen looking good but noticed on a walk around the garden today that the clematis montana has produced a second flush of flowers. Nature is confused I think.


    • August 28, 2014 1:25 pm

      Lis – nature is trying to tell the people of this planet something. Not enough are listening!


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