Dyeing, Overdyeing and Trees and other folks

Cochineal and Indigo

Here’s a folded dyed piece that I started a clamped circle and dyed with indigo.  Then I folded with sticks/board, and over-dyed with cochineal.

Honeysuck and indigo

This piece was folded and dyed with indigo and then over-dyed with honeysuckle.

There are several advantages of backyard dyeing.  One is that it encourages me to trim those weed shrubs/trees like honeysuckle!  And, I’ve  gained some tree identification knowledge.  Google wasn’t around when I was a kid in Girl Scouts it’s a big help!!

While I’m googling for trees, I stumble on folks who are also doing backyard dyeing.  Here’s the paper of an Iowa college professor with some wonderful samples.  And, California professor Sasha Duerr dyes uses backyard material.  The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn promotes sustainable dyeing.  Here’s a blog about sowing Dyer’s Woodruff.

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