Don't get me wrong, we spend plenty of time getting our hands dirty cleaning barns, shearing animals, cleaning barns, putting in fences, cleaning barns, chopping wood...you get the picture.
Truly, it is a peaceful life with bouts of madness and one in which I am surprised by or learn something new almost every day. Most of my daily joys are little things that have occurred for generations...I just happen to be experiencing them for the first time: a lamb nuzzling against my leg, a swarm of monarchs resting in the trees, or an Indian Runner Duck (named Little Red) that lays her first egg.
Lately, my simple-minded bliss has been focused on NATURAL DYES! Many of my farmer's market customers want handspun yarns dyed the good old-fashion natural way. People have used natural dyes for centuries, but I'm just getting into for the first time.
I just finished experimenting with goldenrod, turmeric, and tea:
|Collected goldenrod blossoms in cheesecloth.|
|Goldenrod seeping in a pot of boiling water along with alum for the mordant.|
|Generic tea bags ready to be put into another pot of boiling water.|
|Wool batts in dye baths. From top to bottom: tea, turmeric, and goldenrod.|
|Finished wool batts. From top to bottom: tea, turmeric, and goldenrod.|
See, see what I mean? That's why I call this post the "New Mother Nature" because not only is it a new "back to the earth" experience, but one that is aided by blogs and other online information and sharing.
Have you been bitten by the same bug? You know what the song says about the New Mother Nature taking over: "She's getting us all."
I'll be sure to post pics of the spun yarn from these batts, so check back!