Monday, July 23, 2007

Today's Verbs: Weaving and Growing Dye Plants

I am sssooo happy. My dye garden is really taking off. Finally, we are seeing our first cosmos, dahlias, and chrysanthemums. Now, we are only waiting on the correopsis.

All three types of flowers will yield a range of yellows, oranges, and rusts depending upon the mordanting process. We plan on experimenting quite a bit, so, hopefully, we will end up with samples reflecting this range.

Otherwise, Adrienne and I began our weaving project. Adrienne works at the SFMOMA and they have an employee art show, so, we decided to a collaboration. She names the project "Tilth" which means healthy soil -- something Adrienne is rather obsessive about. We are planning on using a bunch of Habu that I picked up at Stitches 2005. And, we are going to drop spin some of the Shetland guard hairs from our fleeces that we bought at the BSG. Stay tuned! We plan to incorporate a little knitting -- to add a 3D feel.

Here's Adrienne hard at work!


cpurl17 said...

Your garden looks fabulous! One of these days I want to try weaving. (I have a feeling I was a weaver in a former life)

Michelle (missymarie) said...

I cannot believe how much your garden has grown since I've been there. In no time, the fun will begin when you start experimenting during the dyeing process. I wish I was there to help and learn.

I can't wait to see the finished project for the employee art show. Both of you are very creative and the end result will certainly be artistic.