It is amazing the colors that you can get with
natural flowers, nuts and bark, plants,
minerals, shells and even insects!
G.C.V. & M sponsors a
Domestic skill Symposium
yearly and offer many skills to learn!
The November air was sharp and a nippy
but the sun shone brightly and set off a beautiful
display of brilliant colors making for a backdrop
for inspiration and creativity!!
It was such a treat to walk through the quiet village
to the cabin that was holding our workshop!
Here are some pictures of the inside where we lunched
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There were eight people in attendance
(Different mordant examples)
getting the kettles ready !
Pitching in to start the fire!
After starting the fire the brass kettles were hung..
Filled with water
and then mordants of
alum, tin, chrome, or iron
were added to the water!
The spun wool was prepared and tied,
And then added to the pots
Comes from the dye pot brilliant green
but quickly turns deep blue as it
We dipped and re-dipped and mixed many skeins
and were treated to so many colors
We picked off the yellow flower buds
into a large bowl and then they
were wrapped into a a cloth, tied and dipped
into the mordanted heated water
and mingled it with the skeins !
heating to dark brown
I decided to wear my Laura Ashley dress
and an over skirt and petticoat! It kept
me snug and warm on a very chilly day!
Genesee CountyVillage and Museum N.Y.
We all got to choose one skein to bring home
and I just love this deep blue that I picked!
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I brought a little bit of white wool
from one of my late sheep to the
workshop and we put it in the
walnut water and then brought
it home to dry but I was instructed to
rinse it in amoena
I like the shade!
Poke Berry Pumpkin Dye
We brought home instructions for
dying with poke berries in an
So I gathered some berries from out back and I had some pumpkins,
and I thought I'd give it a try!!
Wrap the berries in muslim
Then squeeze out the juice
Wet the wool
(Spun wool from Fraser McGrumply)
saturate in the juice and put it in the pumpkin
poor in the remaining juice and then cover
and set aside for nine days
And a certain women named Lydia,
a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira,
which worshipped God, heard us:
whose heart the LORD OPENED!
I will be happily using these pots for my
outdoor dying in the future
Not any noticed Mama Mousiekin and Missie
at work doing their own natural dying
Mildred Mousiekin has been using her dying skills for many years!
Hope you enjoyed!!
Many blessings and warmth
Books that I recommend:
Indigo Madder and Marigold
by the late
Trudy Van Stralen
Ang books or dvds by Rita Buchanan
are worth having but these are
very helpful for natural dye information!
And there are many more books,
used or new on the subject!
by Jas Townsend & Son at the G.C.V.& M. Domestic Skill Symposium
A wonderful experience for those who are interested! ENJOY: