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I steeped some baby clothes in avocado pit and mint dye baths (+ alum & a sprinkling of cream of tartar) today. Both were very subtle, so I added some cochineal to the avocado dye pot & wild fennel to the mint pot.
The baby clothes previously treated with iron, eucalyptus, and sumac definitely took on a sage- green hue with tiny areas of a rust color in the mint-fennel bath. The cochineal-avocado garments turned a lovely pink.
I'm not sure if any of this will stick...even if it doesn't it's all a part of the process.

So inspired by the color results yesterday in Liz's @thedogwooddyer workshop @wildmesatopanga. We foraged eucalyptus, sumac, sage, cochineal, loquat, black walnut, toyon...among other plants from the surrounding land. We then extracted dye from the foraged materials by steeping or simmering the plant material in hot water. Liz provided bits of pre-mordanted (with alum) wool, silk, linen for us to experiment with. I brought along some cotton baby clothes (unscoured, non-mordanted) to see what would happen.
Mostly I played around with the sumac, hibiscus, eucalyptus, black walnut and cochineal with an iron after-bath for the cotton items.
Such a magical experience and I'm itching to experiment more with natural dyes.

Spent Earth Day in Topanga @wildmesatopanga getting inspired by @thedogwooddyer. Liz's beautiful work helped prompt me to get dyeing again. Since getting pregnant with & giving birth to David, I've wanted to explore natural dyes more in depth. More images to follow. Thank you Liz! It was wonderful meeting you today and learning from you.

Working with indigo today. #ermie #ermiemamababy #handdyed #nofilter

Family project: Dyeing Easter eggs with turmeric & red cabbage (+ baking soda for blue, lemon & cream of tartar for magenta). @new_weather used non-toxic watercolors & David Oliver used crayons (until he tried to eat them).

Sometimes the amount of color in my work makes me dizzy πŸŒˆπŸŒ€πŸŒ€πŸŒ€! #ermiemamababy #nofilter #handdyed

It's nice to have an in-house fit model. πŸ‘ΆπŸ»#ermiemamababy (Cute car from our favorite toy shop @shopmercimilo) πŸš—

Tonight's moon. πŸŒ–

Today's drop cloth (indigo, aloe, rosemary, procion).

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