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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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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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colors from black bean

While cleaning out the kitchen cupboard, I found a large bag of dried black beans tucked in the corner behind the canned foods. This reminded me of a thread I had read in one of the Ravelry discussion groups about the variations of color … Continue reading

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mordant testing on tansy dyebath

Following last week’s post, I was curious to find out what other colors and shades could be coaxed from the yellow dye bath by using different mordants. The word, mordant or mordre, literally means “to bite” in French . Thus, a mordant … 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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colors from rosella

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is commonly known as wild hibiscus. It is a tropical plant with yellow flowers. I remember in my childhood days, my mother used to make a syrupy drink from the dried fruits, and she told me it was Ribena. Rosella and … 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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eco dyed and stitched

I made this sleeveless dress top for myself over the weekend. It is a simple design with an elastic neckline. The fabric is silk twill, a light weight material with a smooth and silky surface. The fabric was first eco-printed with Dyer’s chamomile … Continue reading

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