Beautiful green handspun wool dyed with Lupine flowers
It seems like greens are difficult to get with natural plant dyes, so when I read that green (even bright acid green!) could be obtained with Lupine flowers, I wanted to try it.
We have had lupine growing in our backyard for years – the flowers seem to be a favourite of bees, and they are a dramatic, beautiful, colourful flower. I read on The Easy Blues that lupine is originally a North American plant, though I remember being in Vantta, Finland and seeing vast fields full of them… they self-seed, and the seed pods POP sending the seeds all over the place, so apparently there they’re almost treated like a very pretty weed.
Just a small amount of woad leaves from my first harvest
Back last spring, I was excited to receive some woad seeds from a friend in Norway.
I’m unsure about the variety of woad these seeds were, but based on photos online, I suspected that they were European Woad ( Isatis Tinctoria ) versus Chinese Woad (Isatis Indigotica). The Chinese version apparently isn’t particularly good for dyeing, as it doesn’t have enough indigotin compared to the European variety.
Thread winders for largesse
The next project that I wanted to do on the laser cutter at the Maker Space was a largesse project for my SCA group. An acquaintance helps organize a largesse-making group called the Fellowship of the Things, and they were hosting a half-dozen largesse raising for summer Coronation. I wouldn’t be able to attend the event, but I thought I would try to make something to send along.
Finished naalbound tote bag
In an earlier post, I showed off the work-in-progress photo of a bag I was making using the nålbinding technique, that I displayed at an indoor Artisan’s “village”.
Medieval – themed cat engraved wood weaving shuttles.
For Xmas I wanted to make a friend a cat-themed weaving shuttle on the MakerSpace laser cutter on the Trotec laser cutter. However, I was having a lot of problems with the digital file, and couldn’t get the item printed as planned in time. However I still really like the design, and wanted to give it a try.