Tag Archives: botanical

natural dyeing, pokeweed

Pokeweed, also known as Pokeberry (Phytolacca Americana), a perennial plant that grows up to 6-8 feet in height. Like most weed, it is a hardy plant that can withstand poor soil conditions and is considered a pest in some parts … Continue reading

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poinsettia

This flowering plant with its large leaf-shape bracts in colors of red, white, or pink; with a yellow pistil in the center of the colored bracts makes a beautiful Christmas decorations around the house. The actual flowers, or cyathium of the … Continue reading

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busy as a bee

I am excited to be selected as a vendor at the Bedford Gallery Craft Fest event this November 7th and 8th. Following the Craft Fest, I will at the Mistletoe Madness show in San Leandro (November 28). I have plenty of … Continue reading

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colors of nature

This was last summer’s solar dyeing project that I had forgotten. The marked jars are tucked neatly in rows inside the wheelbarrow where I had left them last summer. Already, the spiders and critters have made a home for themselves … Continue reading

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indigo dyed dress

This is the dress made from a fabric that was dyed and contact printed with botanicals and then pre-cut for a dress,  as described in last week’s post; “before and after“. This past weekend I assembled the dress that you see below. I love … Continue reading

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before and after

In this post, I am sharing with you a two-step process using a plain silk fabric that was first dyed blue in indigo vat dye; and then contact printed the dyed fabric with plant materials to create an interesting design … Continue reading

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TGIF, friday’s necktie

Many companies have casual Fridays, if you still feel the need to wear a tie, this is the tie to wear. Trust me, no one else will be sporting a tie like this and the women at work will be … Continue reading

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yellow in my dyepot

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), also known as golden buttons, bachelor’s buttons, or buttons of gold, is a tall green leafy perennial, bearing clusters of aromatic yellow round button-like flowers. Unfortunately, this aromatic medicinal plant is considered invasive in some parts of the country. Despite, … Continue reading

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wabi sabi, wasabi

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese term to define the simplest art of finding beauty and grace in the nature of imperfection; and acceptance of the cycle of life and death. It has nothing to do with Wasabi, but I like … Continue reading

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solar dyeing, plain and simple

I have accumulated a small collection of jars and bottles in different sizes and shapes over the years. My favorite is Mason jars and plastic peanut butter containers. These containers will be put into good use this summer. The weather in California … Continue reading

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