Just getting back from family visits.
I took a trip to visit my new great nieces…the ones who get my practice onesies!! Here’s Holland…I think she cares a lot more about her fingers and pacifier. But I think she looks quite nice in her onesie!! (no humbly, here!!) The onesie was dyed with willow barks and twigs to give it a rosy tan base, then tied and overdyed with indigo.
While in Arizona, I toured some national parks…Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Walnut Canyon, Grand Canyon. My favorite was the V-V (Vee Bar Vee) Heritage site near Sedona. The site includes some wonderful petroglyphs. They are wondrous both for their look as well as to ponder why they are there. Is it a record of events? A teaching tool? Part of a spiritual ceremony? A method of telling time (light shines on specific places at the equinoxes.) For me, they are some wonderful images that will work nicely in shibori methods.
So, when I got home, the first project was to prep fabric/ garments. My brother and sis-in-law came in for a visit. And, we got right to it! A two-purpose job…we trimmed back the weedy honey suckle bushes and stripped the leaves for a dye pot. This time onesies and tops for older babies (Holland and her twin sister are definitely growing!!) Honey suckle gives a fairly acid backyard yellow, but it should be a good base for overdyes of indigo and madder. Next step is to stitch in the petroglyph images.