Yesterday was indeed the perfect day. The weather was sunny and bright, the temperature just perfect, and the dyeing never stopped.
Many of the wild flowers and weeds I dye with are collected by my dear dad. A few years ago he saw this beautiful yellow flower, wondered if it would dye, and collected bags of it. We never did find out if it would dye because by that evening his hands and arms had broken out into a horrible, sore red rash. We learned that the plant was wild parsnip and was very toxic.
You would think he learned his lesson, but, no. This week he appeared with another mystery flower.
We've identified it as leafy spurge and apparently it can cause blisters as well, but so far, dad is fine this time. I also learned that a variety of spurge has been used as a dye in Turkey for hundreds of years. Time for a new experiment and into the pot it went.
Dad is off to collect more!
I also dyed more goldenrod and sumac yesterday as well as more watermelony goodness. There'll be another shop update in a couple of weeks once I get school start-up under my belt.
I'm off to school today for one last check before school officially starts next week. My holiday days are numbered.