Before I went to Mansfield, I had a moment of imagining what it would be like to return from a sewing circle and re-enter the world of work at the crunch point of the year. So I took some steps to create things to return home to. I gathered leaves and retrieved saved leaves.
I decided on a well used round table-cloth I’d been given. Much loved and much washed and presumed (by me) to be linen.
No round tables here. It was destined to be ripped and turned into something new. I added in woad leaves and seeds as well as E Scoparia leaves and continus nipped from a tree that hangs over a fence. Here is a stuff, steep and store jar of woad seeds where the silk thread within is turning purple, with a continus leaf for colour comparison. Wow!
The bundles went into the dye pot on the day I left home. Just as I headed out to a laundrette to deal with a laundry crisis that reorganised my last day at home and shall not be detailed here.
I pulled them out of the dye pot as I went to the airport. Finally, some time after I returned, unbundling time arrived. The Euc prints are wonderful!
I just love linen!
The woad leaves and seeds left traces of green and burgundy and purplishness. But only traces. The bundle may have been a bit too loose. Ah, but those few continus leaves gave purple! Who knew? Well, I didn’t! But now I am glad I bought one on special at a nursery last winter. It had lost its leaves and was not a prepossessing looking plant at the time, but now… well… I need to let it keep growing, clearly…