Thursday, March 3, 2016

- Equinox

Today was my personal equinox: the day on which I switched from waiting all morning for things to warm up before working outside in the afternoon, to working outside in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat (with apologies to those of you in northern latitudes, it was 80 degrees F at 4:00 pm, so I've also switched from jeans to capris).

More on that later, but first ...

Patch #63

This pale yellow patch was mordanted with alum, then immersed three times in agarita wood chip tea brewed in an old coffee pot ...


I think I'll try contact dyeing the next time as much of the color came out in the wash.

And here's the promised re-revision of sunset Patch #54 ...


Now, back to the equinox ... did you know that there is not, in fact, equal night and day all over the world on the first day of spring (which is to say, the first day of fall for those living down under)? It was something I had assumed, wrongly as I recently discovered ...

Sunrise and sunset times for San Marcos, TX

As you can see from this timeanddate.com chart, equal day and night actually occurs between March 15 and 16 in my neck of the woods. But wait ... it gets better (or more confusing, as the case may be). Because here's what timeanddate.com says ...

You can go to the website to plug in your location and find out when your own personal equinox is and/or click here if you really, truly want to know more about the whole not-exactly-12-hours thing.

Meanwhile, Mother Nature has no doubt that spring has already arrived in the Hill Country. Today's picture walk included the first bluebonnets in the neighborhood ...


Evening primrose in early morning repose (hence the name) ...


Redbud (I think ... trees aren't my strong suit) ...


Close up

and the soon-to-be blooming Texas mountain laurel, so different from the mountain laurel that was always my favorite on the East Coast ...

This smells like grape bubble gum when blooming ... not my favorite fragrance

Plus micro-mini blooms easily overlooked and as yet unidentified ...





All this in just one day ... which is why I've realized I'm not going to be creating patches for the first appearance of each flower. I'm just going to relax and enjoy the view (while taking some dye runs along the way).

4 comments:

Susan McQuade said...

Hi Liz...thank you for sharing your journey! Good for you that you can wear capris. I am so looking forward to wearing mine. It was 19 (going to 39) this am in IL. Love all the dyeing you are sharing. I still want to start my patches along with the countless other items waving at me from the coffee table! Blessings dear Liz!

Liz Ackert said...

It takes two to share ... thank you for coming by and best of luck with your dyeing (not to mention best wishes for warmer weather so you can)

Birgit Olann said...

I like the soft tones and also the soft shade of your agarita wood dyeing. We call this Mahonia and I´ve heard about dyeing with the roots what should create a similar yellow. I once took the berries for dyeing some wool (brown-violett but sadly not that lightfast). The flowers of the bluebonnet (we say Lupine) gives a sort of petrol blue and the leaves and stems a bright lemony. Maybe you´ll like to try (don´t know if you´ve even done). I´ve still got som flowers in the old freezer and hope to start dyeing season soon.
I admire your daily stitching, it´s amazing. These weeks now are so busy, so less time for leisure houres.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you so much for the input on Mahonia and Lupine dyeing. And yes, so much to do in the garden leaves much less time for stitching here! I'm glad you find time to stop by here and comment. It's always appreciated!