Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bee Runner Finale and Morning Visitor...


One of the HAPPIEST rugs I've ever hooked. I designed Bee Runner as a showcase for the my adventures in natural dyeing.
A much softer palette than my normal work...I'm embracing and loving it!
Linen patterns for Bee Runner will be in the Etsy Shop and on the website later TODAY;)

Well hello...

a morning visit from this 4 Horned Sphinx (Elm) Moth Caterpillar...
Wishing you a lovely Saturday, Laurie

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

My post today is not about fireworks, picnics or parades…
it’s about the magic in my dye pots…

Natural dyeing…or as I prefer to call it Plant Dyeing is a SLOW process, often spanning several days. I want to coax every bit of loveliness nature has to offer out of each plant.

To begin, I mordant the wool in alum and cream of tartar, then wash and dry it to have ready for the gardens bounty. I harvest a bit each day and save until enough for a dye run. A good ratio of plant material to wool is 1:1…so to dye a fat quarter of wool it takes about 3 to 4 ounces of plant material…that’s a lot of blossoms;) The 1st run gives rich, saturated colors. Subsequent runs yield softer values that sometime shift in color. Playing with modifiers often dramatically… magically changes things.


I’ll be back soon with results from run #3

Wishing you a magical, safe and happy 4th
~ Laurie

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Merry Solstice...

A quick peek of what's on my rug frame...
"Thank the Bees" runner...
I'm hooking it with my naturally, plant-dyed wools...
Thank YOU Bees:)

Hope you have a beautiful day...I'm heading back to the gardens!
~Laurie

Monday, June 4, 2018

in the garden...

This year I finally got the chance to work on the south side of our yard...

my new DYE garden...
marigolds, calendula, coreopsis, asters, rudbeckia, dahlias, zinnias, purple basil, sunflowers...with some rosemary, sage, nastursiums, squash and peppers, too ;)
Of course it was THE HOTTEST weather when I was out there building the beds.
On April 16th we had 15+ inches of snow...
and on May 29th it was in the high 90's...feeling like well over 100 degrees.


I re-did my lavender bed, too:)


Everything is growing...this pic is from this morning:)
My happy place...thanks for visiting!
~L
P.S. back soon with a preview of my newest rug design...hooked in all naturally plant dyed wool;)

Friday, May 11, 2018

New Rug Designs on a Cloudy, Cool day...

perhaps down right chilly is a better way to describe our weather today.
perfect for staying indoors and putting the final touches on my newest rug designs.
Red-Winged Blackbirds is in the finishing phase...
Binding rugs is my way of winding down in the evening;)


Inspiration for my designs come from my backyard...and from antique furniture and accessories...especially 18th and early 19th century painted chests and boxes.
Bee Runner and Compass Hearts are ready for linen. I tweak my sketches in Photoshop, then print out sections and tape them together for my full size pattern...

Now just to decide which to hook first?!?!
Updates to follow, so please stop back and visit!
Happy Weekend to YOU ~ Laurie

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to survive an April BLIZZARD...

Coffee ~ Check
Chocolate ~ Check
Wine ~ Check
Wool ~ Check


...and so it continues...