The last dyeing of French marigolds for the season. Slugs LOVE these plants. Before I knew better I planted some in a flower bed. The next morning there was nothing but a few stubs where the main stems had been. Now I put them in planters and do nightly slug patrols!
One of the things I love about natural dyeing is that you never know what you're going to get. Lots of surprises! In the spring I did a dyeing with red maple leaves and got the results on the left. This fall I did another dyeing and got the rich brown colour on the right. I'm thinking that it's because I cooked out the maple leaves for a fairly long time, let them sit overnight and then cooked out the silk for a couple of hours with the result that the tannins predominated.
This past weekend our guild, the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild, held its Christmas sale. This year was our 25th Anniversary and as part of our celebration we had a fabulous trunk show of members' past work, treasured heirlooms and displays of spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, carding and dyeing. I did this for the dyeing display - samples of some of the wool I'd dyed with natural materials over the past year.