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carrying on

July 6, 2018

nature’s colours

the hollyhocks have self seeded over the years

dark purple blossoms are good to dye with

the yellow yarrow will go into the dye pot as well

despite their strong colour I’ve never had any luck dyeing with day lilies

the neighbourhood squirrels plant walnuts, they grow quickly into big, unwanted trees

cutting them down and using the bark for dye takes time and energy

stripping the bark is quick and easy

it will soak in the sun all summer

finally the weaving has started

the main weft is a handspun, silk/bamboo blend

the end borders on the shawl repeat the colour shading in an increasing/decreasing pattern

an 8 harness advancing twill threading

off to the garden recycle


6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2018 8:55 am

    What a beautiful shawl! Your natural dyeing sounds rewarding, with working and gathering the plants, and then seeing the colors emerge.


    • July 12, 2018 9:09 am

      Judy – natural dyeing is an extension of a love for gardening and an interest in the history of textiles. It is always a thrill to take yarn out of the dye pot.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    July 9, 2018 4:50 am

    oh, beautiful. daylilies work in contact printing…in my experience, with my well water and in my dyepots…


    • July 9, 2018 9:33 am

      Velma – contact dyeing is so different on paper. They might be effective on silk and wool but don’t have the time or energy to give them a try this year. Walnut bark is soaking in the sun, yellow yarrow is calling and the purple hollyhocks are just starting to bloom.


  3. July 7, 2018 6:19 am

    Lovely shawl…like ripples of water in the dawn light.


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