In the four years I’ve called Community First! Village home, I haven’t had much room for sewing or weaving. However, I’ve had access to abundant outdoor space, and so while my farmer-husband has handled growing our vegetables, I’ve cultivated several experimental textile crops: first cotton, and then dye plants. Two years ago, I received seeds… Continue reading Uprooting
There's something fitting about drying leaves & harvesting seeds during Advent. Both are works of patience, preparation, and hope.
Living on the east side of Austin, we received quite a lot of Hurricane Harvey's wind and rain this weekend. Though the Village was spared the flooding that continues to threaten so many of the communities between here and Houston, we did endure some wind gusts as high as 25mph. We could certainly feel the… Continue reading Harvey meets the Dye Garden
While this summer's dye garden is a little rag-tag, I'm proud to have it out at all, and I'm already thinking through how I'd like to cultivate it in the long-term.
This book is useful, true, and it cultivates a wise imagination. Its power to train our vision and desire makes it worthwhile reading even for someone who wouldn't otherwise pick up a volume on natural dyes.
Last week, the Associated Press distributed an article on planting a natural dye garden. I have a Google alert set for any news stories on with the keywords "natural dye," so I was pleased to see a number of papers pick up the story, including The Washington Post. The story, which you can read here, gives… Continue reading Planting a Dye Garden