Red Cabbage, Red Buds and Black Beans

21 Apr

The earth was just too wet yesterday. Too wet to disturb. So I did other things. Pulled the red cabbage sauerkraut out of the crock where it had been fermenting. 5 pounds of cabbage yeilding approx. 3 quarts. red cabbage sauerkraut This is delicious stuff. Crunchy. Cured in salt brine. Raw fermentation. And noticing how similar in color and texture to the just blooming red bud

And after soaking black beans for a few days, I dipped out the juice and dyed some fabric scrapsblack bean dye

and a t-shirt. Used alum as the mordant. The t-shirt belongs to a friend who didn’t like the original color–kinda of a tan w/o light–and wanted me to do something with it, once my spring dye vats started up again. Click on the photos for an up closer look. banana shirt

One Response to “Red Cabbage, Red Buds and Black Beans”

  1. Anonymous April 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    the best about home made sauerkraut…yes, the Crunch. i drooled looking.
    i really like the color you got from the beans…will you see if it is “fast” with washing?
    and i wonder how fade fast or prone it is. only time can tell that i guess.
    the shirt is Great!
    so it was a very good day. xoxo…me, grace


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