I have been so tied up getting ready for the Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village that I haven't had much time to work on my blog. I had such huge interest in my natural dyeing that I have been asked to hold classes at the Museum for people to learn to dye in traditional ways and in eco-dyeing. This is great news! It means people really are interested in getting away from the use of chemical dyes and really enjoy the colors that Mother Nature provides us. I'm really looking forward to my talk at the Pasco County Historical Society on natural dyeing on the 16th of September.
The acorns are beginning to fall and I am collecting them as fast as I can. I want a good supply to experiment with when fall really arrives. The leaves of the dogwood trees are turning some beautiful colors. Now that Pioneer Days are over, I hope to get some dye prints from them.
My Hairy Indigo (Indigofera hirsuta) is just breaking into bloom, it is time to harvest and ferment. I don't expect a dark indigo color from this plant, but it would be nice to get a light blue. I will report on my progress. I also found a creeping Indigofera. I haven't identified the species yet, but I will photo and post as soon as I have.