Monday, November 26, 2012

my friend the farmer

cherry twigs

i have a farmer friend who supplies produce to the organic supermarket where i shop.
he's the gentlest, kindest soul i've ever met and as if he needed more attributes to make him lovable he looks like old macdonald .the one i grew up with, not the modern unattractive version.
some weeks ago i ran into him at the super and he asked me if i'd have any use for cherry branches because he was pruning the trees soon.
i forgot to mention that he supplies me with vegetable dyeing matter as well as incredibly delicious fruits and vegs. his are the walnut hulls, persimmons and carrot tops that i've used.

i jumped at the opportunity of trying cherry branches because i had seen the colors sensei got so we agreed on size twig to be easy on both of us.
last thursday i was handed the cherry twig pack that he had left for me at the super. in one of life's unpredictable connections when i got home from shopping, the latest selvedge issue was waiting in the mailbox. and oh serendipity, it included cherry bark dyeing!
the bad news is that i have to peel the twigs because only the bark is used for dyeing. SIGH! in for another never ending saga.
as the saying goes: beggars can't be choosers.

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  1. Oh how exciting and sweet! One of my favourite dyes I've ever made was with a punnet of cherries, I was so shocked when it produced a beautiful blue colour. I wonder what cherry bark will do!

  2. onesmallstitch7:15 PM

    can't wait to see the colour. I've never used the bark from my Japanese plum because I'm too lazy to do all that hard work. Happy peeling.

  3. What fun! Can't wait to see the results on yarn or cloth...

  4. oh. i have cherry trees.....

  5. Aren't you lucky to have a sweet friend like that. I am sure you will have fun with the dyeing, even if you have to peel the twigs.

  6. Non finirai mai di stupirmi.


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