Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Golden Rod

The frost has claimed the coreopsis and the dyers chamomile won't be much longer in the field. The golden rod still has flowers and so I harvested that last sprays and dyed a few lbs. of wool and mohair locks with it.

Michelle, our WWOOFer, dyed her first skein of handspun yarn with golden rod and wove this scarf. Isn't it beautiful?

You can see where the golden rod warp crosses the white weft threads, how the yellow is muted, but where the golden rod warp crosses the golden rod weft, the yellow is strong. Golden Rod is my very favorite yellow. Michelle's selvedges are very even, too. This was her very first spinning and weaving.

The next plant in the dye pot will be woad. There are many kg. of woad leaves left to harvest. I have it under a poly barrier to protect it from frost, but it won't last much longer.

Then I'll be gathering walnut hulls in Christina Lake at my friend, Lorraine's farm -- probably in the next week or so.

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