I am learning
I am taking a class in natural dyes at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD with Pat Brodowski. Pat is the vegetable gardener at Monticello (think Thomas Jefferson) and has played with natural dyes her whole life. I am hoping to learn enough that if I need a color that does not appear on the shelves of the yarn store, I can make my own. It is not easy, you need to know about mordants, tannin, heat, timing and measurements. It is chemistry, cooking, color and serendipity all rolled into one. Every color and every fiber requires different things. I am highly confused but I’m sticking with it, despite the high temperatures this week. The class is outside and we are using a wood fire to heat the dyes.
Hopefully I will have some pictures of the pieces that I manage to make. But not until Friday.