After a lot of slow rain...
Suddenly new green.
The old coffee pot. Put stuff in. Cover with water. In this case rain water. April brings a lot of water.
Heat it. Simmer a bit. 1/2 hour.
Transfer to a jar. Add a bit of alum. 1/4 tsp.
Add a bit of cloth, a bit of thread. Same cloth, same thread. Testing silk this time.
This batch, 48 hours or so.
I never really did the alum thing in any big way. I'm doing it because I have some. Just to see. Maybe I will compare it with what I have done before. No mordant, soymilk mordant. I don't know. I don't think it is that important to me. The science or the allegiance. I am a casual dyer. Just the way the color appears is joy enough. Probably, for me, the fastness of color is important because my embroideries depend on it. Although it might be interesting to look at it after all the color has faded or disappeared. Anyway, I might just stitch up a sampler to use as a looking cloth, to watch if the color stays or not. That might be a nice kind of living cloth. The turmeric and black beans usually fade a bit, but this is my first test with alum. Appearing and Disappearing is Magic to me, so all is well I guess.
Using what I have is really the most consistent thing about my process. Not necessarily trend. What I have here depends on many things, often gifts from others in addition to the rescued cloth and thread. And then there is curiosity, which forms seemingly out of thin air, but no. It's thought. Thought caught. Used.
I lay awake thinking about how life goes for different folks.