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  1. Lynn Says:


    Your spring bloom yarns are so beautiful. Did you dye in different pots or spin pieces of different colored wools then ply?
    what dyed the green and the yellow in the little skiens with twings tied to the rope?
    I am thanking you for the website with beautiful pictures and writing as was trying to get natives to grow where lawn.A gopher is helping to dig it up.
    I MISS so much natural dying and fiber… just spun some merino yesterday to get back to it, as got burntout taking care of mother with dementia and let my weight get down. So realized need to play more , and seeing the photos on the web pages helped
    The fennel and all the yarn colors were beautiful.
    Last week had collected some red daylily flowers fromthe parking lot of grocery as where flowers fell turned blueish on cement, so there soaking with yarn. Is the toyon orangish dye from berries or branches?
    There is lots of buckwheat and conyza so may try that later.
    What camera use to get so close?
    Wish lived closer as am in So Ca, in Moorpark.
    Thank you again for such a nice website.

    • ecologicalartist Says:

      Hi Lynn,

      I am so glad you are playing again! Good to know the blog inspired you.

      The spring yarns were composed of separately dyed rovings, that I then spun together. Each roving went into a different dye bath.
      The green skein I believe was fennel with an iron mordant, and the yellow was CA sage. I am so glad you are planning on planting natives in your ‘once lawn now gopher zone’
      So much more bird life, less water, and many natural dye colors are some of my favorite benefits of my native garden.

      I have not tried red daylily before, let me know what you get.

      The toyon is pruned back, and I use all the pruned stems and leaves at this time of year. The suckers that come from the base of the tree are great to harvest,
      both for the toyon, and for the dye vat. I really recommend Toyon for the native garden- it is so beautiful with its winter red berries. It feeds so many bird species as well, your garden will be alive with life.

      I use a canon powershot SD 750, it is a basic, and affordable camera.

      Many thanks for reading the blog, and leaving a comment,

      All the best in your dyeing and gardening!


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