Friday, July 27, 2012

st. joan's wort and hexipuffs



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 infusionI 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


20 comments:

handstories said...

i love the colors scheme you have going on- bees and sky, but if you want more you could add plant greens & wild flower colors. i think you're passing me by on the hexis, it's been months since i've made one.

deanna7trees said...

i stopped making the hexies...i got involved in too many other things. i like your color scheme but a burnt orange might give it some pop.

Judy said...

I'm eager to see how your silk turns out.

Happy Weekend Back At Ya!

Nancy said...

Are you kidding??!!! I love these colors and thought "bee" right away :)
For color suggestion, I'd consider a deepish dusty green...those bee flowers need something to hold them up!
I just love these little hexis & bet they feel so good in the hand :)

Peggy said...

Cindy, hey thanks -- you've been busy making sweaters and having birthday parties and such! Was thinking of rationalizing the use of color with all the flowers bees visit. ;)

Peggy said...

Hi Deanna, oh I know how that goes. I think I might try a single orange, I have some orange yarn that would work I think -- plus some bees have an orangy pollen in their sacs. Thanks.

Peggy said...

Judy -- we'll soon see -- don't think I can hold out as long as you can!

Peggy said...

Nancy, you made me feel so good that you got it right off! Greens, yes. Thank you. Maybe if I stay with the bee color theme, there can be just a few greens, oranges, pinks, purples here and there. Hmmmm.....

Ms. said...

How pretty those flowers are on the cloth in the shade...and I just love the comment about Joan knowing more of fire than John did!

Jo said...

Do you ever eat the purslane? Kat told me her mom in Scotland did.

Peggy said...

Thanks, Michelle -- I heard that Joan reference during my herbal apprenticing years and it stuck.

Peggy said...

Hi Jo, yes, it's also tasty and highly, and I mean HIGHLY, nutritious. Pretty sure I made a side dish with it in it that you've eaten, a yogurt salady thing? I hadn't thought about that recipe for a long time, may have to make it now. :)

Jacky said...

The hexagons are looking wonderful and I love your colour selection so far....as for suggestions for additional colours: maybe colours from the area your bees live, the natural flora ?

Look forward to seeing your latest dyeing experiment.

Jacky xox

Notjustnat said...

Hexies are cute. I love the color so far. As for my suggestion, just one red? Can't wait to see the result of your dye.

Deb G said...

I'm hoping my St. John's wort (or Joan :) ) will be big enough next year that I'll be able to harvest more. Had about 5 flowers this year and I missed picking them in time... Your hexagons are so much fun, someday.... :)

Peggy said...

Hi Jacky and thanks. That's a great thought, I need to think about the colors of their favorite plants, if that's possible for a human? ;-) -- but what comes to mind is the gray/green foliage of lavender and catmint and sage and all their bluish purple blossoms. Or maybe that's my next project! Good luck to your son!

Peggy said...

Nat, thanks, that is a great idea. I'll have to sit and play it now! :)) The dye took well from the looks of the outside of the bundle. We'll see.

Peggy said...

Deb, oh I bet you'll have lots next year. Once it gets going. And it spreads nicely, too!

Greasyming said...

I just could not work out how to knit these hexis so I adapted the pattern for my crochet hook...I lovet the colours too....

Peggy said...

Greasyming, It took me quite a while to get the hang of knitting them -- but I cannot even fathom in my wildest imagination crocheting those hexis, that would be so hard!!! Someday I hope to be able to do such things. ;-)))