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Fall Drought

3 Oct

There is good news & bad new….

The indigos are going to seed in the irrigated garden, more indigo for next year….

 My yarns from Georgia Yarn Company are here to prep for my November guild natural dye class.  Silk, wool & cotton!
I must be the only weaver to buy white wool from Southwest Weaving


Look at all her colors! 

We’ve cut over to well water as our cistern is down significantly. We usually just need a brief rain to refill but there had been none since the May floods.  Walking around you can see the summer drought impact on our land.

Minimum acorn crop this year, last year one could see an abundance, this year only singles on the branches.  

And you can see the lack of moisture around the trees… Only .42 of rain since early June…

So…we are hopeful the El Nino will bring some rains in November and repenish the ground AND our cistern!

Sun in the Hill Country

28 May

Short & sweet! We and the Japanese Indigo are thrilled to see the sun for 3 hours today in the Texas Hill Country!


Your colors aren’t bright enough…..

26 Jan

Gah, trying to educate gallery managers on natural dyes is a never ending conversation. My latest rug came home with me instead if hanging in the gallery because of color issues. One just had to keep educating!

In the meantime, this handwoven natural dye rug is available direct from the weaver and hand dyer.

“River Running Dry”
$800 + tax/shipping. Leicester Longwool, natural dyes as indicated below.
Ready to hang!


Looking at Dye Patio From The Wrong Direction

30 May

I haven’t posted lately as I have not been on the dye patio. The drought has dragged on and we’ve had a slight break this week with almost 6 inches of rain. I’ve been reluctant to run dye pots with the slim chances of rain. I have been tending the dye plant garden with some success and a major failure, more on that in another post.

Now, my weld has come into blossom and is going from bloom to seed, it is time to harvest it and run some brilliant yellows. Since I’m not a yellow fan these skeins are destined for over dyes with indigo and iron for greens.


And the persimmon is coming along with the fruit forming and another great crop coming on line.


I plan to experiment with both the weld and persimmon dye stocks and try to precipitate the color out with sodium carbonate in order to store the extract long term. More on that if I can made it work.

My shoulder surgery went well and after a year my arm is working normally. I have spent more time in the weaving studio to finish old projects and plan new ones. Here are some old and new scarves done with the natural dye yarns.



I’ve found I am either on a dye path or a weave path. It is difficult to run both side by side. So, eventually, the dyestuff harvest will determine the schedule and I’ll be back on the dye patio at the dye pots. So…see you soon when I am back at the dye patio.

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