I spent a wonderful weekend collecting leaves in my yard.
You're probably wondering how "wonderful weekend" and "collecting leaves" can appear in the same sentence.
It's what we did with the leaves after we collected them that was so great.
My friend Patricia came up from Maryland for the weekend, and we attempted to recreate the beautiful effects that India Flint achieves in her eco-dyeing processes.
Armed with India's book, Patricia's pots, knowledge and hot plate; as well as some eucalyptus she got from a friend in Florida, we conducted some backyard research.
Emboldened by our results -- and frankly running out of fabric -- I pulled an old favorite linen shirt from my closet and loaded it up with windfall and onion skins.This is what came out of the dye pot.
I'm pretty happy with the results and will definitely wear this shirt with its new design.
Terrain, before she headed south.
I love this image of her taken at lunch, but did you notice her hands? And this was after a shower.