Yes, another blogger…me. A nature-lover, fiber maniac, and natural dyes practitioner.
Put them all together and you have me, dyeing old textiles and repurposing newer textiles with natural dyes. Stitching some of them, giving some of them away, hanging them on walls and balconies. And wearing them. And making art with them.
You see, it all started many years ago when my Mom dyed my white First Communion Dress with green Rit dye. You remember, throw the dye in the washing machine and toss in the clothing. Voila! New dress. Sort of. First a holy dress and then a party dress to wear to a best friend’s birthday party. Easy-peasy. A home birthday party with cupcakes and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Remember?
Then there were tie-dye, shibori, indigo vat, I-dye and whynotdye? I rediscovered the ancient art of dyeing early last year when I spent two weeks in the Ozarks using natural dyes on wool. I experimented with logwood, cutch, madder, osage orange and pine needles and discovered some beautiful, natural colors. And after putting them all together in a basket, I realized they all looked so right together, so natural.
And that’s what I’ve been doing, using nature’s colors to dye wool and silk, yarn and threads, cotton and linen. And bringing life to old textiles–napkins, mantel scarves, tea cloths and hand towels.
Follow along and join me in the natural way to dye. It costs little, can be done at home and I hope it will make you feel good. To see something refurbished, over-dyed, newly-dyed, repurposed and re-loved. That old linen shirt with the stain on the pocket. Aunt Millie’s treasured mantel scarf, handed on down through the family. And that pale yellow silk yarn? You say you’re into greens now? Then you’ve come to the right blog!
Hand-dyed wool roving, using natural plants: logwood, cutch, madder, pine needles