Ecoprinting, Natural Dyeing, and the Love of Leaves

30 Sep

Been gone so long I won’t try to backtrack.  Just enough to say I’ve turned into an ecoprinting maniac…

My last post–August 10–captured an experiment.  There have been many in the interim.  Many flops and  enough success to keep me hooked.  But I’m better at turning the uglies into o.k. images.

Too much has happened in six weeks.  Too much to say. Too much to blather on about. Better to just let the pictures reveal the moments, for now.

But just one thing–thank you to Cynthia–and Marti.  Grace.  And Liz.

My head has been in the trees.  And I have been in the forest.

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Natural Dye Workshop

with Dede Styles (in blue)–an amazing, amazing woman

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Yellows from fall asters, broom sedge and black oak bark.

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Celebrating Logan’s 9th birth


and a pic he took yesterday

Mostly close-ups of some ecoprints on silk


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And on Sept. 19th we had an amazing collaborative fiber/tea sale–with

…Sumitra–purveyor of fine teas–


…Sister Jennifer the Weaver.

…Heather from Scotland…a fine, fine artist…with some of her t’s.


…my first born…Emily with some of her many creations

…and me…holding blue

trunk show

Finally– today’s sky…


with last week’s indigo.

If you’ve taken the time to gaze here, thank you.  A big, big thank you.  Sorry some of the images won’t open larger–and there seem to be some crossed wires embedded in this posting itself…but the cauldron calls….

20 Responses to “Ecoprinting, Natural Dyeing, and the Love of Leaves”

  1. Liz September 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Oh, so glad you’re back and equally glad you took time when you needed it.

    These are magical pictures and I know I will return to gaze and wonder not “What if … ?” but “When … ”

    Thank you for that.


  2. Carol September 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Stunning, Patricia, the colors, stunning!


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      and the colors change daily–with the weather, the seasons–the sun. it’s an amazing experience.


  3. Marti September 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Your head may have been in the trees Patricia but you were rooted in creating, in family (Logan is 9, that is so wonderful and belated Happy Birthday Logan) in going forward, experimenting, sharing, showing and this post is so worth the wait. There are times when words give us so much and there are times, when photos open us to beauty and wonder and this is one of those times…as much as I love coming here, if you need to be gone at times, to continue your alchemy, then I am all for the waiting because the results and the quiet but deep joy that runs through all of this is real and tangible…


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      i am gradually moving away from a reliance on words…for many reasons. but if i could express myself as you do…well, that would be a different story love. sending you BIG love


  4. Mo Crow October 1, 2015 at 12:51 am #



    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      the language of leaves–that’s what this is


  5. ravenandsparrow October 1, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    And again, wow! The colors and patterns you are getting are wonderful. Welcome back!


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      hi and thanks. just returned from your table. lovely.


  6. debbie.weaver October 1, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    Beautiful results


    • Linda October 1, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      You are having WAY too much fun!!! Just beautiful!!! Happy Bday to Logan!


      • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

        i’ll pass on the greeting! sending love back to you


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      thank you Debbie. and thank you for stopping by!


  7. user107055 October 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    oh how nice to see you…and how wonderfully your summer has been is so good to be able to just scroll back and forth and enjoy each and play..people and ,,head in the trees..and in a forest ….definitely agrees with you…welcome back..gentle day, cynthia


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      i’m home here –with the colors, prints–and even the process. and want you to know your last comment was HUGE for me. touched my soul.


  8. October 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    my comment got lost….THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all these, what
    a gift to see your Happiness….and Logan….jeez….a young man…


    • Patricia October 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      hi Grace. my thanks to you as well. to you for what you mean to me and SO MANY others. love to you


  9. jude October 4, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    ha, you’re hooked!


    • Patricia October 4, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      ha! you’re so right! but look forward to stitching this winter…(she says, thinking about the freezer full of sourwood leaves)


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