|In our little attic studio, Brian put up this interesting article on 'The Origin of Corn Dollies'|
|There is something about the look of old woodcuts that I love for its strange and otherworldly quality...|
|I think that big red amaranth plant has stalled a bit, but the rest of the grains continue to get taller --|
that's the Utrecht Blue behind Oliver, and the flax in the foreground
|Where did all these blossoms come from??|
We clipped off almost all of the blossoms last week, to save for dyeing later in the season.
(That's the solar dye jar from last week in the foreground -- surprisingly rich orange colour now)
| 250 marigolds will mean a lot more dyestuffs than I had realized!|
And I'm beginning to think we'll need to fertilize with something --
prolific blossoms won't do us any good if the soil can't support them to be healthy and full.
|Last week it was just the Chinook that had 'ears', and one of the stalks was about 8" taller than the others.|
Now all the stalks have caught up and are about the same height.
|Now the other varieties of wheat have their 'ears' as well --|
these are the lovely long, textured tails on the Utrecht Blue...
|...and these are the spritely, small ears on the Black Einkorn...|
|...and these are the loose, feathery ears of the Rodney oats.|
|I was sorry to see that some of the Chinook had 'lodged' (fallen over).|
Not sure if anything can be done about that...
|The flax is doing well so far.|
|And I discovered a 'volunteer' flax -- probably some of the Electra variety from last year --|
it's three feet tall and flowering already!
|Here's the solar dye jar I set up last week;|
the liquid has turned golden orange throughout
|Georgia discovers that the fresh marigold petals can be used|
to draw beautiful pictures in a variety of yellow, orange, and dark purple tones.
|Here is my collection of wool fleeces (alum mordant) so far this year, from left to right:|
solar dye pansy; stovetop pansy; solar dye marigold; plain white (for comparison)