Monday, September 12, 2011

Natural Dyeing Workshop

I have a policy on this Blog that I will not "pose pictures".  My intent is that the Pictures on this Blog will just happen as a part of the life of the Farm.  Well, Folks, the background work came from a workshop off the Farm. And Melanie added the cheery Yellow Flowers ("Bidens").  I posed this one because I just could not resist and because it was part of the story.

This weekend, Melanie and Julia (from the Possibility Alliance) went to a workshop on "Natural Dyeing" using Missouri Plants in Columbia.  The class was taught by Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser who has a store called Hillcreek Fiber Studio (  Melanie very much enjoyed it.

She was pleased to report that we have the plants they used for dyes growing right here on the Farm.  She found it fascinating all of the colors that are produced from one plant just by using different mordants and afterbaths.  The swatches above were produced from Bidens, a plant blooming a Sunny Yellow Flower at this season. 

Plus, Carol Leigh and her son also got Melanie's Spinning Wheel up to speed.  We are really excited about this too.  Soon, Melanie will be looking into classes to become proficient in the use of the Wheel.  That's going to be fun to watch.  In the meantime, I need to start playing the "Spinning Song" on the Piano again.  That is at my daughter's request.  It just sort of sets the mood.

As time goes on, we are blessed to find many wonderful resources in our area or close by.  This happens often when we least expect it.  It just makes a person smile.

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