I made a little silk dye bundle this morning with the starry flowers of St. Joan's (John's) Wort, Hypericum perforatum. The silk is from a thrifted blouse and was mordanted in alum. This is my first attempt at dyeing with this plant -- usually these tiny precious blooms are used to make healing oil infusion. I like to use the name, St. Joan's Wort, because it is a topical specific for burns and we all know Joan knows more about burns than John.
I can finally knit hexipuffs without thinking. It took a while but it does become automatic after a while. Crocheting, for now, requires too much concentration so I'll still go to these when there's a little bit of time. This isn't all of them but I'm thinking about the colors now and if I even like them before I make too many more. I don't know. I was going for bee colors but am thinking it needs something else. Still deciding. Any color suggestions?
These photos were taken on the pathway of the buddha garden -- it may appear that I'm a slacker but that weedy purslane groundcover is intentional! It keeps my and the dogs' feet from getting muddy plus it's nice and cushy to walk on. And I do try to keep it out of the actual growing beds.
Thanks for visiting and here's hoping you have some happy weekending ahead. xo