too cold to dye

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted something here. That’s partly because Spring has been too cold to start any dyevat. I really need sunlight to dye and my studio is not heated. I also realised that I have a lot of dyed yarn waiting to be transformed in pieces of art first 🙂

to dye or not to dye, that's the question

From the left: dyed from leftover winter vats with dahlia flowers (a yellowy-orange), ivy leaves and berries (a yelllowy-green), tagetes minuta leaves and flowers (which actually gave a very nice bright yellow) and yellow Iris roots (which was a disapointment because it didn’t dye that lovely grey color it gave the first time I used it). To dye or not to dye, that’s my question right now ! To tell the truth, I’m a bit bored with all the yellows and beiges.

 

work in proces -work in proces

I’ve started some fiber art projects and I will share some pictures on this blog soon…

Anyway, I’ve sowed a lot of dye plants including japanese indigo, amaranthus red dye, poppies, orange cosmos, coreopsis, woad, mullein and others. They need to grow now, hopefully the rain will stop and sunshine will appear, we all need it…

In the meantime I’ve started making some incense which is something completely different from dyeing, it’s also with plants but it smells much better !

I just love it…

preparing incense Urdkyphi - preparationKyphi - ingredients - shades of lynxkyphi cubes dryinga batch of Kyphi, from an ancient Egyptian recipe

I’ve also started experimenting with local plants to make watercolors or aquarel and inks which is something I really want to learn more about.

 

c'est pret !nos oeuvres d'art

Always collecting, harvesting or drying some herbal stuff
I’m a harvester-gatherer that’s what I am …

pine pollenpine pollen, great medicine !

harvesting magical stuffharvesting magical stuff (here some mistletoe berries)

appel flower bud tea harvestapple blossom flowers for tea

Calendula officinalis dryed flowersdried Calendula flowers for dyes, medicine and incense

and… there’s always something brewing in the kitchen

brewing elderflower wine

brewing Elderflower wine

So I guess this year this blog will be about all the things I do with plants and not so much about dyeing, but you never know. See you soon 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “too cold to dye

  1. Quelle richesse ! tous ces projets sont passionnants et j’espère que tu vas obtenir autre chose que des beiges et jaunes… essaie les écorces de poirier, et les lichens jaunes, xanthoria parietina (il faut faire fermenter l’urine, car je sais que tu n’utilises pas l’ammoniaque).
    Ton encens ressemble à de petites confiseries, on aurait envie d’en manger comme des loukoums ! Ici, il fait si chaud que ça va maintenant à toute allure ! j’ai mis des molènes et des écorces de poirier sauvage, la couleur monte en une journée.

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    1. marylene

      Merci Clotho pour tes conseils ! Le Xanthoria, j’irai en chercher sur les rochers des côtes du Finistère, le Evernia prunastri n’a rien donné ou alors j’ai cueilli le mauvais lichen.

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