Dyeing with plants has been the main thing I've done these last few months. It seemed necessary for me to colour my own large pieces of cloth so that they reflect where I live. My first tries in natural dyeing in 2010 were tough going. I was disappointed with the wide variety of brown I managed to get. I love red. At any rate, I tried a bit harder this fall and feel that it was a successful time. I learned so much, every day.
I learned to use silk and wool fabrics because they accept the dye so well. I learned where to source those fabrics and am glad for internet shopping. Now, its funny, but I prefer the browns, yellows and greys that I get with the plants. I love that they all ‘go‘ together. They never clash. Most of all I love that it is a slow process. I love that time is a material.
This idea about time is one that I have been exploring for a while with hand stitch. Now that the cloth itself holds time before the months of hand stitch mark it, ... even better.