Beginnings – A Local Color Dye Journey

For the past two years I’ve been exploring and experimenting with natural dyes.  Dying yarns, wools and fabrics. I love the process of creating color but also the exploration and histories of the dyes. With this in mind I’ve decided to embark on a journey for the next year. I plan to grow and forage for dyes we can find within Alberta, explore their possibilities and create a couple of collections of art works. Part of this journey will also include a residency on the same topic this summer at the Bowness Community Association where we will partake in a community dye and weaving project, workshops and a Showcase. I will document my journeys here on the blog for everyone to follow along.

Currently we are in the midst of spring so the beginning of the growing season. I am currently growing some of my seedlings inside. Which for us is quite the undertaking as we have a small house with only one window that will work, so I lost my kitchen table and had to build up as well. So here is our make shift nursery, thanks to Mike.

Currently I have about 400 seedlings, so if they all make it I should have a nice amount for dying. Fingers crossed, last year I killed off most of them. For seedlings I have marigolds ( two varieties) Black Night Scabiosa and Dyers Chamomile.

This week we will be attempting to build a garden bed or two where I will direct sow Coreopsis,, Cosmos and Black Hopi Sunflowers.. Hopefully the weather isn’t too bad, it’s calling for rain and thundershowers. 

I’ll let you know next week how that adventure goes,, until next time, here’s another peek at my seedlings.