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Garage Sale Extravaganza

We made a trek up to the Expo Center today to see what this “” was all about. Turns out it’s a massive gathering of schmoo that you have to pay far too much to get in to see. Now we know. However, there were two great finds that sort of made everything worth it this time (but never, ever again). One: Sheep skins…  

I got a nice chuckle out of that one. And two: a pretty fantastic framed example of dye plants and the colors they produce.

There are sixteen different plants (I recognize two or three here) that will produce a dye, a little bit of weaving to show the colors in use and, to top it all off, the whole thing has a wonderful wool roving background that all the bits are nestled into. I snatched it up for $10 dollars and have been gloating over it since we got home. The man who was running the booth said that he thought he might have gotten it from one of the entrants at the Oregon Country Fair or something. This is an admirable piece of work, not to mention how well preserved the plants are. Yay!


Saturday

Schirin invited us down to Jefferson for some Saturday morning sourdough pancakes! Oh, and also to do some dyeing with onion skins! She’s designed an independent project where she makes a sweater from scratch… you can read a wee bit more about her adventures here Schirin’s also put up a lovely post about our day on her project blog including the recipe for those tasty pancakes!

Onion skins with a copper sulfate mordant! Much darker than the onion skin dye I made with alum mordant a while ago…