Progress: Dye Plants, Eco-Tunic & Project Deux

There is progress to report:

Eco-tunic (see last post) out of the laundry and ready to wear (It’s really cute when not on the hanger and on a body instead).

Project Deux:  Completed.  There is always room for more stitching, but when is enough, enough?

Project Deux: Completed
Completed Eco-Tunic

And finally, the dye plants are growing at a rapid pace in my garden, which means it’s almost time to eco-print.

Wild roses, False Indigo and Golden Barberry (Dye Plants)
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Blooming Eco-plants & Project Deux

My eco-plants are blooming, which is making me very pleased and excited for the coming season of eco-printing and natural dyeing.  Some of these plants are newish–just planted last autumn–so they have not been tested yet.  Primarily I am talking about the Japanese maple tree and lily of the valley, both of which appeared to be dying last winter.  But they are alive!

Lily of the valley plant in bloom
Japanese maple looking very much alive!

I know that the Japanese maple leaf will probably print well, as friends gave me samples last “printing” season.  I’m unsure what can be done with the lily of the valley, but I really planted it because I have fond memories of collecting these for the May Queen (Catholic grade school).

And then there are last year’s proven eco-printers:  wild rose, golden barberry and false indigo (turns yellow instead of blue).

Wild rosebushes (left) and golden barberry (right)
Japanese (false) indigo plant just sprouting (dark green, center)

And one last note:  I have been working on slow-stitching Project Deux, which started out as our planetary system but which is now evolving in a different way.  Stay tuned.

Project Deux