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As a beginner I thought dandelions would be an easy trial. Not that I am overly fond of a yellow color but since the ground we are at is covered in dandelions, and since I dig the roots for dandelion root coffee, I thought dyeing with dandelion is at least more authentic to where I am from (the Netherlands) than dyeing with turmeric. This was the first time I used the correct mordant for cotton: aluminium acetate, go to this page to have the correct step-by-step process).
The effect on the hemp/cotton piece of fabric became a deep bold yellow.
I picked the blooming leaves in the middle of April. The weight of my piece of cotton was 100 gram and dandelion leaves was double, 200 gram.
Once settled I thought I’d have no stories to tell about the embroidered pieces of fabric. Well, I do. Not traveling does not mean that nothing happens. Yet, this story behind this pouch is rather sad.
I stumbled upon sumac without knowing what it was. Sumac, to me, is an ornamental tree with big reddish velvet looking tops sticking up at the end of each branch. Branches are thick, few and each is strong and sturdy. They’re also high and I could not reach them.
The places to be creative are best when outside, even when the cold starts to set in (but a fire is a must!)
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