|Hardened Coreopsis Extract|
|Extract Ground in coffee grinder|
Next I tried some Fustic. It gave a pretty and warm yellow but now I had three colours with very little contrast, which really wasn't going to work for me. I set it aside to dry while I pulled out the ground Lac. Lac is another bug dye, though not the bug itself but some sort of residue it leaves behind.. Bug Poo? Anyway, it is supposed to give nice reds and purples if you make the PH alkaline. I'm pretty sure this is the first time that our iron heavy water affected my dyeing because no matter how I shifted the PH, I got purple or purpler. Pretty colour but not what I was going for. They are very pretty and springlike colours though. Such a nice contrast to the white wonderland outside. ( 6-8 inches more heavy snow yesterday)
Funny- my sweetie had to take the snow blower out to clear part of the driveway because he needed to get the truck out to go to town to get gas for the snow blower..worried that he didn't have enough gas to finish it. With the mountain of snow left by the snowplow at the end of the driveway, even the truck wouldn't have gotten through it.