My stories of jewelry making, spinning, knitting, and all things fibery.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Discovered Quite By Accident!

 In my last post about making herbal hydrosols, I stumbled on something quite by accident!  After "steaming" my rosemary cuttings, I ended up with the most luscious shade of raspberry water.  Since I am always looking for new natural dye colors for my handspun yarns, I just had to dip in a sample.  Much to my surprise, the fiber took on a lovely shade of pale pink that seemed to be permanent after several rinsings  under the faucet.

Most of the home grown natural dyes available today from the garden yield a rather limited range of color from yellow and orange to tan and brown.  I really don't want to use synthetic dyes or purchased dyes on my precious fleeces, so this new color was an incredible discovery for me.  In all the research I have done, did I ever hear of rosemary yielding such a wonderful color!~

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Essential Oil Therapy for Autumn

The amount of time off I have from the day job never seems to equate with what I have spinning around in my head! So whenever I can I sneak little projects in here and there. The latest of these was a few hours spent making hydrosols from some of the lavender and rosemary I harvested from my dooryard garden.
These simple to create refreshers can be made with pretty much what you have lying around your kitchen and perhaps a trip to the local  market or grocery store. In essence you are "steaming" herbs and collecting the scented condensation. There are many tutorials available on the web, but I used this one from YouTube :  Making Your Own Hydrosol.

I am a huge fan of using essential oils start the day with an invigorati ng lemon or peppermint shower, to dab tea tree oil on a cut or to steam a stuffed up nose with eucalyptus.  Aromatherapy can most definately change your state of mind and it's good for the senses!

Monday, September 5, 2011

On the Edge

My latest treasury collection...On the Edge. Great fall fashion and vintage finds available on Etsy.