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Walking in my bare feet in the garden this evening… it’s warm, overcast and rainy… good for taking pictures. I have so many blossoms to experiment with now – I need more space for my flower stash along with my fibre stash. Most of the spring flowers are going to seed now and there is that little bit of a lull before everything explodes. I think of early spring as the blue period because of the profusion of blue bells, crocuses and then the iris… and then later in the spring it seems to move into the reds, pinks and purples with all the peonies, roses and foxgloves. This inclement weather is making the iris last which I believe has been the most successful blossom so far for dyeing and pounding… and the smell is wonderful on the fabric. Will post my shamples in a later post.

Lots of foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) this year

Lupins – going to seed already

Peony

Alliums… also going to seed now

I was able to get some good prints from the alliums by both the pounding method and also bundle wrapping. The lupins also gave an interesting print but not as defined.

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I named my blog ‘Secret Garden Textiles’ because one of the best memories I have is visiting my Grandma and taking the Secret Garden book (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) off the book shelf before crawling into my cozy bed, made up on the couch by my Grandma, and drifting off to sleep as I tried to stay awake and read yet another chapter. When I read that book as a child, it left a lasting impression of entering a romantic magical world that has never left me. Now, my focus on documenting my garden and surrounds on fabric is sort of like these amazing secrets of my immediate world being revealed to me through the choices I’m making to make the lasting impressions on the fabric.

Trug – with iris and pansies from the garden

Peony, lady’s mantle, rose blossoms – after unfurling a wrap sample (I stuffed these partially exhausted blossoms into another fabric sample – which I now don’t remember where I left it to cure – oops – I guess a smell will eventually reveal it’s location).

Because I’m not a huge meticulous planner, I’m sort of randomly trying things out by using different mordants, different ways of wrapping up the plant materials that I have collected and playing with how long I leave things to ‘cure’. Although it’s still technically spring (well uh maybe winter with our cold and rainy June) the results I’m getting are so inspiring. Here are a few shots of my experiments on silk, cotton and linen… continuing my ‘Kitsilano One Mile Dyers Palette’ that I started in my time at Capilano University. Oh, that is a picture of the inside of my Secret Garden book given to me by my Grandma – that is still on my bookshelf…

Linen sample that I had wrapped with Lupin’s (below) and lady’s mantle leaves – the fabric shibori’d around a rusty rebar rod. Goldenrod dye spritzed…

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