Monday, August 4, 2014

dyer's moonday


Oh my -- now I know why its name is dyer's coreopsis and/or Coreopsis tinctoria -- the gorgeous blossoms give spectacular color. I wish there were 20 plants out in the garden instead of only four, I had no idea. The mordanted white wool (alum) was layered with fresh blossoms, rolled, and simmered 40 minutes in a small amount of water in an aluminum pot; the bundle was left sitting in the liquid overnight and then unrolled after another day in the open air. The photos are unedited except for maybe sharpening or cropping. One of the images shows three outcomes -- on the top is the mordanted wool, the middle is white silk (rolled and treated exactly like the wool) and the bottom is a moon-sized piece of white wool that soaked up the remaining water after simmering the bundles. Wool absolutely takes color better in this case and Kathy had similar results with dyer's chamomile here. Ideas are brewing and there will be yarn involved.

I don't know if we're being rewarded for all the hail we had earlier in the summer or not, but the weather has been great for the garden. If I could only grow one food, it would be cucumbers. Or maybe potatoes. I dug these up one night for dinner when I needed a vehicle for a sauce. It was nice that there was actually something there to be dug, and more to come, I hope. You never know with potatoes.

The basil is thriving and one batch of pesto is safe and sound in the freezer. More of that, too, I hope.

Today is a waxing moonday in Scorpio. Watery and fruitful Scorpio helps everything grow. Now is when to water our gardens and nurture our visions and wishes. If there are problems, Scorpio helps us to zero in on them and do a little pruning to restore healthy growth.

I hope your gardens and visions are thriving. xo

10 comments:

deanna7trees said...

beautiful dye results.

handstories said...

WOW…Amazing dyeing! And I wish I could gobble up a bowlful of your pesto.

Ms. said...

I'm absolutely cutting coreopsis from the 'abandoned' church garden today! It's prolific and terrific. I also plan to snip some purust isple echinacea...and Saturday I'm going to purchase as much basil from the farm market as I can. Ah...August is rich in gifts!

Ms. said...

oops--that was purple echinacea (cone flower)

Nanette said...

Wonderful dyeing result. I have coreopsis growing but not sure if it's the same as yours, doesn't have a dark centre. A good crop of potatoes, bet they tasted good.

deemallon said...

of COURSE 'tinctoria' refers to dyeing properties! never thought of it.

next year? I'm gonna grow me some coreopsis tinctoria... amazing results!

your veggies look so, so good!

Debbie said...

Wow, fantastic results, I have coreopsis but not this one, haven't tried dyeing with mine yet its struggling to be alive, must get some of this though.
Great crops, its that time of year

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Isn't it amazing all the dye in those little flowers! Love them. Mine are ready and calling me.
Love your pesto, I didn't realize you could freeze it.

trish said...

Oh Peggy! The flowered cloth!!! It is AMAZING! xxx

Nancy said...

Wow! Those flowers!!! The cucumbers and pesto look so yummy :) And those potatoes...how did you fix 'em, they look delicious in soil so rich.