Cocoon

to envelop or surround in a protective or comforting way

creating a bundle for the dye bath is like spinning a cocoon around the inner plants and silk to create a protective surrounding so that the plants can release their color onto the cloth.

when you open the bundle ever so carefully you often will find perfect little prints of the a leaf you bundled inside.  the chemistry of living plants is magical and ever changing throughout the seasons.

time to open another little cocoon.

time to open another little cocoon.

Rose Leaf Ecoprint

Rose leaves from my flower gardens leave the most beautiful prints.  

Rose leaf Ecoprint on silk.  

Rose leaf Ecoprint on silk.  

Ice Flower Dyeing Silk

Frozen blossoms from the Summer garden leave beautiful stains on silk.  

Iris, rose, marigold, and lupines.  

Iris, rose, marigold, and lupines.  

Indigo

A day at Sharon Kilfoyle's studio and two indigo vats.  

Indigo Bloom

Indigo Bloom

Indigo never disappoints and if you love the color of indigo blue it really doesn't matter what you dip in the vat.  

 

Linen clamped and dipped in indigo.    

Linen clamped and dipped in indigo.  

 

Mountain Path Shibori Dress

Mountain Path Shibori Dress

Green turns indigo blue when exposed to air.  

Green turns indigo blue when exposed to air.  

Japanese Maple Eco Printed Silk

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Japanese Maple leaves transfer their color to silk using Eco printing methods that are all natural. Shades of pink and lavender in the leaves and the seed pods in shades of green. The stems are almost black.  

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Daisy

Meet Daisy, our latest rescue puppy from the Humane Society.  Daisy was surrendered along with her three brothers at just three weeks. Her foster Mom, went to great lengths caring for the puppies and at 10 weeks, Daisy has joined our family. 

Daisy, our new rescue puppy.  

Daisy, our new rescue puppy.  

Daisy is a "terrier mix", which I later learned is a common term used by shelters when they have no idea of the breed. She shows signs of her terrier roots in looks and behaviors, so I think they were correct labeling her as a terrier. I think there could be a bit of Jack Russell terrier in her DNA due to her persistence, appearance and feistiness which she has in abundance. Welcome home, little Daisy.