What an adventure! Etsy is amazing. A huge community of all sorts of crafters making such a mind-boggling array of products. I've posted up a few of my shawl pins and had 2 very lovely sales. How wonderful! Please come and see my shop, but also spend some time looking around. You will be amazed.
I have been spending a couple of hours a day trying to figure out how Etsy actually works and how to succeed at it! I see this as being a pretty major component in the new direction I am taking my life. So many people working very hard at helping other people to succeed, there are hundreds of hours of suggestions on how to make your site better.
Adventures in dyeing:
|Dock seeds soaked for a week. A new smell sensation!|
|Straining the seed heads from the color. Stinky, really. I'm not kidding.|
We started another pot of apple leaves harvest that day. It took a good long time for them to give up their color. We are debating trying freezing moist green dyestuffs. I freeze fruit when brewing to break up the cell walls so that the maximum amount of fruity goodness is extracted, I'm thinking it might be very successful in extracting color.
|The first pot of apple leaves.|
|Russet, it's actually redder than this but it didn't photograph well.|
|Apple leaf yellow. Looks like spaghetti, doesn't it?|
|Apple leaf plain and with iron|
Ah, the wonderful tapestry of life! Why this hasn't gotten routine even though I've been messing about with making colors since 1972. The colors we make often don't have a name, so I just make some up.
My color names are inspired by the thought that if you weren't sure what colors to put together, you could just put together the adverbs and adjectives to make the sentiments you wanted to express. Our indigo blue is Resolute, a deep red is Passion, one of the early apple spring greens is Cohort. I have a great time naming the colors and thinking up different stories to go with the combinations. I just knit a baby sweater using Cherish as the primary color.
My next task is to get some of these amazing colors photographed and put up on the Etsy shop!