With a last minute addition of onion skins and a using a strained bath... a bit brighter, cleaner than expected. Old silk and old cotton, no mordants except that orange one. Soymilk on old cotton. Good beginnings. Over-dyed a bit of previously dyed indigo linen and cotton as well. Brought to a boil and left overnight. Copper Dye Po(e)t Scrubbed and retired.
Fire still burning. Until it burns out. Long enough for morning tea. 42 degrees and windy. No more fires. Enough. There are plenty of cloths to wrap ourselves in.
Cannot get enough of May's mornings. Though it was barely 40 here when I woke.
Fire building again.
This will end up being the center of something. And in my mind I am already calling it The Thread that runs through It.
Since it is chilly today and I have a fire going,I'll make use of that. I will boil up the pot of windfall and food scraps and such that I have sitting here and throw some old cloth in it, then clean up the copper pot and put it to rest for the season. Based on my experience, I expect Yellow Earth to be the color of the day. And this to be the last fire of the season.
Outside. A slow greening despite the chilling damp.
Inside. Still burnin' in May. We thought we would have wood left over for Fall but at this point, it doesn't look good. A new season here, it seems. Stretching out the in between.
Changes to this one. Continued from here. I have added two fields of stitch (subject for another day). This is variation on what I call the Stacked Running Stitch. I started talking about this stitch way back when in Magic Diaries. Since then I have done a lot of work with it. Some here on the blog, some, a lot actually, behind the scenes.
Running stitch is a big subject for me, since I stick with basic stitch styles over all. And I need to spend some time with that. I am not in the mood for video today, too dark and gloomy. But I have some old ones regarding this stacking concept for now. I will talk about how I adapted this stitch for the spheres of stitch in my next post. And try to dig up some additional studies done with that concept.
There is a page at Feel Free (and in the sidebar index here) for Running Stitch, still marked under construction. Before I start building it, I will be moving the Feel Free site in order to make it more stable as a permanent place. In a couple of weeks I will post a new link. I have lots of work to do but I think it will make more sense. I need to pay considerably more to host this site so we'll see how it goes...I might be doing some fundraising in the future. Donations continue to dribble in, and so far I'm good. :-) Thank you for that. Cheering me on.
The best time to witness Fresh. I think it's that green that is like no other.
Outside. Stay outside. Still quite cool at night, mornings require one small fire to take the nip out of the inside air. Sleeping is very fine. Waking to birdsong.
The warm winter allowed a lot of clearing. Keeping the brush at bay. This has given us more open space around the garden and an open path down the hill to the back of the house. Robins are loving it. Some fresh green weed has carpeted the exposed soil and made it all glorious.
Unfortunately the deer also have a clear path to the garden. I get up extra early, keeping watch over new growth, especially the lilies that they love to munch on at daybreak. We already lost most of the tulips. Time to use some pee.
There are piles of fresh cuts seasoning. One other reason for all the clearing is to make this land seem more usable, for putting it up for sale is in the near future.
I've got this under the needle today and fresh thoughts are forming.