Tuesday, August 17, 2010

onions and beets

Onion skins were collected during the many meals prepared last week. I packed them into a jar with alum mordanted fabric and plain water. I also collected many avocodo pits and skins. The jar is stewing on our bed room window at the cottage. We saved the stems from Loonsong beet greens, and I wrapped them in some cotton fabric after dampening them with vinegar. It feels like magic to experiment with what is considered kitchen waste.

However, the 'paying attention' of natural dyeing is making me very tired. It seems as if there is always one new thing after another to try. Even though these discoveries are not new, for me they are adventures and they seem to take all my energy.

7 comments:

  1. Hi Judy, I just started natural dyes this summer and I know what you mean about tiring. As I weeded the flowerbeds yesterday I felt so guilty throwing away things that I felt I should experiment with!

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  2. a real lesson in patience and perseverance :)too

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  3. You touch on a very true point - the process of opening our awareness to all the possibilities that surround us can drain our energy. How does one avoid that? Setting limits? Or just being aware that it is happening and being patient and kind with ourselves? Good stuff to think about.

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  4. Your photos remind me of Mary Pratt paintings.

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  5. You and Deb of Beecreative are so great at experimenting with dyes and using all the things we usually throw out or disregard. How wonderful that your youngest has caught the bug and is so engaged. The photos are great. It really makes you realize, too, how labor intensive some of these processes are.

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  6. a common thread that runs through and through---i love the experimentation and the adventure of just pushing myself a little bit more than I thought I could endure.

    your fabrics are going to be amazing!

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  7. Kirsten9:47 am

    Hi Judy: discarded some onion skins yesterday and felt I should be saving them for you!

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx