A few last-minute gifts are getting finished up. It's amazing how much one can get accomplished when a deadline looms.
Last night I pulled out a length of cotton muslin and the jar of onion peels I've been saving and did some shibori dyeing. I stood at the counter securing stones in the cotton with rubber bands while the dye pot simmered away.
I had previously mordanted the cotton with alum so once the peels were strained from the pot, the scarf was ready to go in. After letting it soak for an hour on very low heat, I removed it and rinsed it, then set about the task of freeing all of the rocks. The dye was still strong and it seemed a shame to waste it, so I tied up another scarf and dropped it in. This one I let sit overnight and it's darker than the first.
I love the splotches from where the rubber bands were. Marigolds? Dandelions? A very hungry caterpillar?
Maybe little suns? Speaking of which, the sun has peeked out today after days and days of gloomy weather. It makes the bitter cold much easier to handle, though I did think for a moment when I saw the room illuminated with light "ah crap, Mayan apocalypse." Thankfully, we seem to have escaped that one.
Hope your Friday is sunny too!