Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ooo Ooo Witch-e-poo





This is my last batch of Halloween, Harvest hand dyed vintage scraps hanging on the line. It was a perfect day for drying them. Overcast and a light breeze, just what they need to protect their soft black and deep rust colors. Now before you go; she did what to those delectable antique fabrics? let me assure you they were stained and worn. But a good dye bath can remedy all that for my dollie makers. In fact, for some of my primitive gals, the more the better. And it is so much fun!

Just like our ancestors did, I start with ingredients from nature. Sumac, birch back, indigo and a few magic touches all go into the pot. I look like Granny Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies makin' lye soap out of the cement pond. (Now I'm really dating myself.) Fortunately, I don't need to make a wood fire, I just use the side burner on the gas barbecue. I cook it for awhile then let it sit overnight, maybe longer. Add some sea salt, the wet pieces of goodies and let Mother Nature do the rest. (First time I had too much indigo and it all came out purple!) You never know just what hue you'll end up with.

After they dry, the textiles will sit a for a few days then off they go. I can hardly wait to see what delights they'll be created into.

9 comments:

Gigibird said...

Hello Susan:)
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog Gigibird.
I do exactly what you suggested, I collect old cookery books - Elizabeth Craig is one of my favourites. I don't normally watch cookery programmes on TV as I usually end up wanting to throw something at the TV screen!
What I love about the old writers is their awareness of economy and frugality - which is now of course referred to as being environmentally aware….I have one book written just after the First World War that even works out how much gas is used when cooking and gives costings.

Gigibird said...

I used to love watching the Beverly Hillbillies -

Donna O'Brien said...

Susan- that is the best photograph! I can just picture you now. Maybe you should have started out with, "Now listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed". I bet you look like Ellie May and you're just not telling us!!
Donna

Colleen said...

What a great way to help those stained pieces of history live on...love it!

Kimberlee Edgar said...

What an amazing picture....

Kimberlee

Michelle said...

LOVE your dyed linens! I love halloween and your post gave me good chills!

Lana said...

Thank you for such inspiration! Life gets a bit hectic and I forget to slow down and use the things that are free and close at hand to create my goodies. My Mom would have LOVED to help me do something like this.

Mary said...

Hi, Susan!

I looked for a link ~ your posts sound like you do sell reclaimed vintage textiles! If you could let me know ~ I'm a blogger here at 'sewdeartome'

Enjoyed your site!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh what a glorious clothes line!! I love the goodies you have. I'd have those hanging on my walls
Deena