Dyeing with Plants

I first tried natural dyeing with avocados since this dye requires very few materials and very little time to produce a lightfast, wash fast vibrant color. The pale, dusty pink came out beautifully and quickly led me towards other dye materials. Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona by DelenaContinue reading “Dyeing with Plants”

Harvesting Garlic Chives

I spent one evening in October clearing out a container bed in our patio which had been overrun with a many years old stand of garlic chives. I processed the garlic chives, washing, chopping, and wrapping them to freeze. Garlic chives are easily propagated using their rhizomes, so I broke apart each one, saving someContinue reading “Harvesting Garlic Chives”

Autumn Equinox Spores & Soup

Sometime in early September, we discovered several large patches of leggy mushrooms growing throughout the backyard. There were so many of them growing that we were motivated enough to conduct a simple spore test so that we could find out if they were safe to eat. The spore test showed a white film, instead ofContinue reading “Autumn Equinox Spores & Soup”

Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve

We harvested fresh Mugwort and let is sit in avocado oil for a full moon cycle or about a month. The tulsi blend was added to some olive and coconut oil and let it slowly heat without boiling for at least an hour. These two oils were strained and melted together with beeswax so itContinue reading “Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve”

Bundle-Dyeing with Foraged Plants

Notes on Natural Dyeing Our skin is our largest organ, directly absorbing anything it comes in contact with. By clothing ourselves in natural fabrics dyed with medicinal herbs, flowers, and spices, we can reap the wellness benefits of these plants. This process of imbuing fabrics with plant medicine started within the ancient Indian system ofContinue reading “Bundle-Dyeing with Foraged Plants”

Making Natural Inks and Dyes

In July, I checked out several plant and dye books from Austin Public Library. The two below had several recipes I tried out – I enjoyed making my own vine charcoal with a recipe from Logan’s book and followed Burgess’ recipe for making dye with Poke or Pokeberry. Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants andContinue reading “Making Natural Inks and Dyes”