Saturday, November 08, 2008

Cold and windy

The north wind has blown most of the leaves off the trees.
The Mourning Doves came down from the wire.

We took a drive through an old cemetery
on our way to the bookstore.

I am thinking about next year's gardens.
I would like to plant a dyer's garden.
I think it would go nicely with my wool and felting.

I found a journal to record my plans and my plantings.

A dyer's garden is also nice for the butterflies!


Mary said...

After a few days of Indian Summer, we have the cold and windy weather right now, blowing the leaves off the trees, too.

I can't wait to hear what you have in store for the flutterbys :o)


marmee said...

really cool idea the dyer's garden. i used to try to dye our easter eggs with things from nature. the kids always got a kick out of it.

Grammy said...

That sounds like a wonderful Ideal I love learning more ways to not use chemical thing I knew walnuts were used for stains. But never thought of plants used this way. Thank you for teaching me something new,Now I will have to learn more.
Have a great weekend. I also have some thing for you on my blog.

Cheryl said...

Dear original, a dyers garden....and the butterflies will love it to, perfect.....
We lost most of the leaves yesterday due to the gusty winds (north).....with the rain and the winds it is unpleasant to work in the garden.....I gave up yesterday.....
I love the mourning dove, such a peaceful looking bird......

The journal will be useful....I used to keep one......I must start one next year......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It will be intersting to see how you develop this passion Sherry.

That MODO looks like it is being blown around quite a bit and it is hanging on for dear life.

kkryno said...

I sure miss the Mourning Doves. They loved our place in Albuquerque, as did I.

I haven't seen any here in Anchorage, nor any Humming Birds. I'm going home in December and while alot of birds have migrated for the winter; it'll be nice to see some familiar faces. :)

Have a beautiful week.

Love, Vikki.

Deb said...

I love "theme gardens" and little designated spots. Your dyers garden sounds wonderful ... all natural dyes for your new hobby :-)

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I think Indian Summer is still on it's way, at least I hope so. It is cold today and cloudy. Rain is in our forecast for the week!
I think often we have Indian Summer around Thanksgiving. Hope that happens this year. I would love a week of 60's the end of the month.
The Dyer's Garden should be very pretty and good necter plants for the butterflies. I already grow many plants that are good for the dye pot. I would like to add indigo and broom sedge to the gardens. I think I shall take a sunny spot in back and plant with the grasses. Broom sedge is related to Little Bluestem and Big Bluestem both are lovely prairie grassess. All three are nice dye plants and can withstand the cold winters and the hot summers of my area. I think they will be a lovely addition to the backyard.

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
I have had all sorts of gardens! My medicine garden is nice! My doctor suggested I grow one. I grow lots of herbs. They are good for my cooking and my beauty products. I just learned about Stone Crop plants and how great they are for beauty. I bought a serum and some body lotion. Very nice products. I grow all sorts of stone crops, sedium. Come next year I will harvest.
The butterflies and the birds like all the variety of plants I grow too.
The Dyer's Garden will be nice! I also think some of the plants for the dye pot will be great for dried arrangements for the house.
I shall learn more as I read and plan. I was reading about sunflowers for the dye pot. I think I can grow some for the butterflies, the birds, cutting and dyeing...
Life is fun with dyeing and felting!

Q said...

Dear Grammy,
Thank you for thinking of me and Corner. Very kind of you.
I think the dyer's garden will be fun. I like to grow plants that I can use. I am as natural as I can be and I think if I learn to dye I can take another step away from chemicals. The felting has opened up a huge new world for me. Dyeing my fibers is part of this new world.
I love using words like,"felt and wool and dye pots!"

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
A dyer's garden is perfect! It goes with everything.
I am looking forward to planting my English Children's garden with the seeds you sent. I love the little journal the children made for me. It will be perfect to jot down how the seeds and plants did. I bet some will be good for the dye pot too.
It is too cold for me to garden today. My husband is picking up leaves for the compost.
I am gardening in my mind!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I am so excited. Felting was just what I needed to get back sewing. Planting a dyer's garden makes perfect sense...a dovetailing of all I love.
I will share as I learn more.
I look out the office window and I see all the grassy areas in the front yard. I think I need little shaped beds for grasses and dyer's plants. I still can continue working on the understories for the trees and bushes. I have a few finished.
So many ideas.

Q said...

Dear Vikki,
You are coming down to the lower 48! I bet you will be seeing the new Grandbaby!
Coming in December will be nice for you. A good break from the cold and snow. Is Albuquerque warm in December? I bet some Doves will be about. I hope so.
Have a great week too!

Q said...

Dear Deb,
I am so very excited. The Dyer's Garden is just perfect for me. I think I want to do mini gardens where I grow different sorts of plants. Right now I am thinking about Indigo. I will need many of these plants if I want to do very much blue dyeing. It is the leaves that have the deep blue coloring in the dye pot. I think the plants are annuals in my area and are big, 6 feet tall! I think these would look best planted in a circle bed. I can do seed to seed too. There are different sorts of Indigo and I want Indigofera suffruticosa. I shall look for a supplier for dyer plants and seeds.
All the drying for dyeing will require good drying racks. My herbs will love this too!
I am having lots of fun.

marmee said...

oh sherry i have been meaning to ask you if you have a good website on felting or a book? when i moved last year i saved all kinds of woolen sweaters just for doing felting but have not done any research, but with winter approaching i think i will have more time to learn something new.

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
Maria from Gardening with Turtles, suggested I go to the library and read everything I could on felting before I started this adventure. I read 18 books! I read them like you read a good novel. Lots were about different projects. As I read I realized I was getting a feel for the wool even before I felted!
One book impressed me the most, "Uniquely Felt" by Christine White. She writes about how the wool "speaks" and the magic of felting. I think it was her love of felting that let me know I too would love this art!
I ordered this book from Amazon after looking for it at the secondhand booksellers in my area.
This book does not mention felting in the washing machine. I am not sure where I read about this technique. It does work great with 100% wool and 100% cashmere sweaters. I have also felted a large 6"x4" wool runner and a wool blanket. Today I will do a couple of experiments. I am wanting to see what will happen to a cashmere sweater that has a moth hole in it and will a sweater that has 10% nylon felt? I have a couple of silk and wool blended sweaters that I want to see how they felt. I am keeping a felting journal so in the furture I remember just how a piece felted.
If you would like to talk felt I would love to share what I am learning. I would also love to ask you felting questions! We can e-mail! My address is on my memeber's profile page.
I have not found a web site yet where felters gather. I bet there is a forum.
Happy felting,