Subtle November color

Today is a misty day down at the pond, with subtle November colors under a gray sky.

 misty shore

misty shore

 Black Willow, native to this region

Black Willow, native to this region

 Moss on the north side of the Black Ash tree

Moss on the north side of the Black Ash tree

I see these colors reflected in the silk and wool from my latest (and likely my last until next year) leaf bundle experiment. I had collected so many leaves I couldn't see my work table. So I bundled them in silk and wool strips. The wool was treated first with alum. The silk had been soy sized some months ago. Simmering them in onion skin extract gave lovely rust colored edges.

 River Birch (Betula nigra) and Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) on wool

River Birch (Betula nigra) and Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) on wool

 White Oak (Quercus alba) and Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) on wool

White Oak (Quercus alba) and Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) on wool

 Black Willow (Salix nigra) and Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) on silk

Black Willow (Salix nigra) and Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) on silk

 Smooth Wild Rose (Rosa blanda) on silk

Smooth Wild Rose (Rosa blanda) on silk

The thrilling ecoprint process (as developed then shared "whirled"-wide by India Flint) transforms the fleeting beauty of these leaves to something we can savor over time.  I'll add the strips to my personal quilt weaving, started long ago (a technique learned from Jude Hill of Spiritcloth here).