I'm still dyeing. Solar dyeing in this series of Sept. 15 photos includes, left to right Old Man's Beard Lichen (which went on to turn pale blue green, although the lichen in the sunlight turned dark aquamarine!), avocado (peach color), and red cosmos (celedon color). There is now an additional Black-eyed Susan jar incubating, but that one is difficult to extract to its full potential of olive green with alum mordant. Mine will be tannish. Photos of dyed wool drying on the rack in my workshop/studio were also taken Sept. 15, and more have been added since. i've been protecting the Japanese Indigo patches from light frost and hope to have time to do one more indigo dyeing session--blues are very deep this year, as you can see in the photos, and the 2nd (boiled leaves) extract is so strong it is coming up a beautiful peachy color this year instead of the usual yellow. it has really been an excecptional year for natural dyeing. I have a silk scarf that I Shibori-tied that I pre-dyed in avocado to a very warm apricot/tan. I will re-tye and over dye in al blue indigo extraction if I get time. So fun to play! The silk scarf blanks are very reasonably priced from Dharma Trading Company (http://www.dharmatrading.com/) ; I have 2 more on hand to play with later!
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and