August 2021 Newsletter
The Colors of Summer
Pale yellow-green lemon cucumbers, a blush of red on a green cherry tomato, brilliant pink zinnias with tiny yellow crowns, red Canna lilies. It was a joy to come back to the colors in my home garden, after a road trip through Yakima to Boise, Idaho. This was a work trip for my husband, on a tight schedule. We were rolling with the Big Rigs! As navigator, I got a great view out the passenger window, but sadly, no yarn-related stops. Still, there was plenty of inspiration.
Near Richland, we saw truckloads of onions – think of all those onion skins for dyeing. Once in Boise, we had a rest day, strolled through the Simplot Plaza – a city block of indoor and outdoor event and play space, liberally decorated with complex, brightly painted antique tractors – and visited the Boise Art Museum. Textile works by Artists Marie Watt, Lisa Kokin, Rudy Kovacs, Kathryn Spence, and prints by Gee’s Bend Quilt Artists Louisiana and Mary Lee Bendolph thrilled and inspired me. The textile-based work of Suchitra Mattai, installed in the large hall, is stunning! Visit the Museum website to see for yourself!
Back home now, catching up with my Natural Dye workshop homework. The colors of summer, indeed! I had not done iron shift before, and the changes are amazing. Next is indigo overdye, then labeling every sample for reference. By the time our August meeting rolls around there will be a complete set of color options to share for show and tell.
Study Groups are the program for August, and you will not want to miss it! We will meet in person at Fairhaven Park again with the opportunity to stay after the meeting to spin, knit, weave with small looms, talk, share and plan what we might like to learn and do during the indoor days of Fall and Winter. Starting up or joining a study group is simple, and a great way to expand your options for fiber connections, learning and fun all year long.
Carol Berry, President
View from the Road, “rolling with the Big Rigs”
Load of Onions “Look at all those onion skins!”
Plant Dye samples, with iron color shifts
Lichen and roses, color inspiration from the Gardens of the Boise Art Museum