This is a “dry” talk…lots of history, process techniques and samples. Take a drive to the Hill Country and put some color in your day.
2014 Texa Parks & Wildlife agarita article I just found – guess who is mentioned? The root gives the best color when it is chopped or ground. Lots of elbow grease, to get the root out of the ground and chop it! Click here for the web article from Texas Parks and Wildlife!
PDF copy is here…. Flora Fact: Agarita|April 2014| TPW magazine same as above
Photo below is various oak leaves, oak bark, acorns, persimmon and agarita. Agarita is on the far right!
Since one is always looking for resources on lichen dyeing I felt obligated to share this link. http://www.umilta.net/LichenDyeingEMB.html
It came from this Facebook post….enjoy, if you don’t use natural dyes you will at least enjoy the illustrations.
Here is a comparison shot of my suffruticosa indigo Tuesday evening and 3 days later after sitting with a shot of fructose added. There be indigo! I am going to feed it again on Sunday, stir it up and add some pickling lime to see if I can get my indigo to strike some silk.
After 3 days…
Today was spent trimming and planting…
Trimmed back the indigo suffruticosa and put it in a fructose bath to sun soak, more to come on that…I already see blue, just need the sun to kick in.
So with red (madder root), gold (persimmon), bright yellow (weld), orange (cota) and blue (indigos) how can I be bored at the dye pot this summer? I will be on the elusive search for a black by overdyeing some of these colors. Always a lesson in acceptance!
Sample plants from my garden & acreage for this afternoon’s lecture
Marble Falls Church of Christ
3:00 on the 3rd Tuesday: May 17th
Natural dyestuffs fall mainly into the following broad categories: Leaves and stems, twigs and tree prunings, flower heads, barks, roots, insect dyes, outer skins , hulls and husks, heartwoods and wood-shaving, berries and seeds and lichens. This is one of the breakdowns provided by Jenny Dean, a noted colorist in Craft of Natural Dyeing.
I will talk about how we get those colors to “bite” with mordants. We’ll consider how you use different “assists” to push the colors different directions such as vinegar, iron and even the impact the type of water used, rainwater versus well water, has on your colors. We’ll look back in time at what was used historically and talk about safety today. I’ll have some examples of the colors produced by cactus tuna, cochineal and Texas ball moss plus more. I won’t make a natural dye expert of you in one day but you will start looking at your garden plants in a new light. What color will your valley provide?
The first qtr of 2016 has been an amazing wet season. Plants & weeds have been very happy. The madder root bed took an unauthorized leap into adjoining garden beds.
I pulled out the pitchfork and dug deeper. Even though they are not 3 year roots, I suspect I’ll get a decent salmon out of the root yield.