|sunflower hulls with alum|
After working in town, I ran errands. I tried a frugal idea, which didn't work out. The last time I was at my bank, and requested deposit slips, I was charged $1 for a sheet of four. My bank was bought out a few months ago, and this is the first time I've been charged. It bothered me that I have to pay .25 every time I want to put my money in the bank. J suggested I copy the deposit sheet at home, which I thought was a great idea. Unfortunately, when I brought a slip to the bank today, I found out the slips use special ink, so I cannot use my home copied ones. I inquired about ones they've said they can order to be sent to me, but found out they're even more expensive. Crazy!
My parsley has reseeded and provided a multitude of volunteers in late summer the last few years, but it was so dry this summer, no volunteers germinated and the original plants are dried up. While in town, I bought a parsley plant to tide me over. I looked at the plant mark down racks, and bought two purple mums for .75 ea. I picked two that had many buds, so they should flower well for some time. J planted them at the head of our walkway. Over Labor Day weekend, I noticed a pretty, vintage handmade rag runner for a great price. As it was 10 1/2' long, I had to ponder if I had a good spot for it. I decided it would work well in my studio, so that was the last stop on my way home. They still had it, and I bought it for under $40. I made vegi BLT's for dinner, using one of our large tomatoes.
|eucalyptus dyed fabrics|
|plain sunflower hulls on the left three, with alum on the right|
I tried folding some of the fabrics and wrapping them with string, in a shibori type experiment for this round. I left the chenille fabric as is, but folded and tied the others. You can see the results with the fabric from the sunflower with alum dye bath, and two from the eucalyptus dye bath. I took a quick look at a shibori photo online , then just did my own thing. It will be fun to experiment more with the technique. I'll report back on a short road trip next week. Be well, friends.