Countdown to California

In less than 24 hours I'll be on my way to California! I'm taking another workshop with John Marshall and look forward to new learning, and to seeing  Sacramento, Covelo, Eureka, the Pacific and the winding roads! Hopefully this will also mean a break from the heat and humidity  :-D Last weekend in Loring Park --  90 degrees both days, humidity about the same -- very uncomfortable! Here are a few pics:

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 View out the back of my booth

View out the back of my booth

I met another fiber artist working with natural dyes -- Dawnette Davis of Grand Rapid's Minnesota (no website yet....). I bought a beautiful silk scarf from her dyed with iron-modified cochineal and imprinted with rusted objects....the iron modifier created a beautiful grayish violet/blue. Here's a photo. Beautiful work!

 naturally dyed (cochineal, iron) silk scarf by Dawnette Davis

naturally dyed (cochineal, iron) silk scarf by Dawnette Davis

I'm busy in the kitchen in between trip preparation tasks trying to put away some of the veggie garden harvest. Yesterday it was two big batches of pesto. Today it's salsa and cutting up oodles of zucchini for the freezer. My husband planted many Gladiola bulbs and so we have them all over the house as well as garden. Trimming bouquets and deadheading in the garden today it occurred to me to freeze some blossoms and then try India Flint's ice flower dyeing technique when I return. Don't you think freezing flower blossoms for dye is a brilliant idea? I really look forward to seeing what kind of color these yield ...

 Glad blossoms for freezing

Glad blossoms for freezing

I am not bringing the computer so expect more on the blog after August 23rd when I return!