August 6, 2017 Jonya Pacey

  Today was a gardening day. Not a lot of gardening, as I was mostly tearing out weeds.I tend to work really hard in the early summer, then get busy with other things and the weeds take over. It’s not been so bad this year, but I’ve not been out for a couple of weeks and that’s all it takes. Today I worked to kick back some of that crabgrass! It’s very humid. But I did get some stuff done, then I stood there and listened.There were bees. Bumblebees and those bees that live alone and are smaller but look kinda…

July 23, 2017 Jonya Pacey

Last time I posted, I shared I was starting some solar dyeing experiments with Queen Anne’s Lace. And as you can see from the image here, I did get a nice yellow. This was one week of wool sitting in a glass jar with the blossoms and water. Pretty, right? Unfortunately, it stank even worse than I thought it would. All that lovely anaerobic rotting in the sun roiled out of the jar when I was checking it yesterday. My cat, Sam, startled and ran away. I put the lid back on very quickly, reluctant to work with the wool…

July 16, 2017 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

  I sparked a very concerned conversation on Facebook when I mentioned I was ditch-diving for Queen Anne’s Lace. Its cousins, Wild Parsnip and Poison Hemlock, are also out there and dangerous. Great to see people care! So after verifying my research, I took off well after the dew had dried to harvest some of the lacy blossoms. Amid birds scolding me for invading their space, I quickly harvested about 6 ounces of blossoms, and a handful of mixed wild flowers for my table. Sam immediately had to check those out…she’ll probably drag them out of the vase when I’m not…

June 30, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Pretty lazy day so far! I had another dyeing project plus wanted to redip a previously dyed item. This time I not only got the blue hands but also wiped my face…fortunately, that cleaned up with soap and water. That project done, I cleaned up and headed to Squash Blossom Farm for a tour. I was very impressed – they have a diversity that runs from fish and lettuce to chickens to bees to home-baked pizza, and it’s all in a background of art and beauty. Longer blog post to follow, probably on another blog. So I need to throw…

June 6, 2013 Jonya Pacey

I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth in terms of keeping this blog updated. And oh yeah, I HAVE! Which is not fair to any loyal reader and which is why I’m confessing and even waving my hands around to prove I feel terrible about it. Or that I’m excited. Not really sure at the moment. You might have seen where I mentioned I was developing a new business to fill up my off-hours? Huge list of steps and tasks involved in getting this off the ground. I did a lot of brainwork during this last…

May 16, 2013 Jonya Pacey

I’m eager to get there. This is the first major dyeing event for me this year and poking around my stuff is making me very happy. I’m also making a list of what I have to take to Lillies, and oh I suppose it’s past time to get started on planning that adventure. Then home and right into the Girl Scout demo with, you know it, MORE DYEING!

May 15, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Here’s to dyeing! I spent the evening working on my class for Saturday’s event, Lamb to Loom. I took curtains down to pop their linen-y selves into a tannin mordant, along with my dye dress. I weighed things and figured out how much of the madder root I needed for my dye dress and a wool length of cloth. That amount was weighed out, rinsed, and set to soak in distilled water. I measured out the indigo I need for the dress and the linen curtains. It’s kinda cool if cheating but with the pre-processed indigo I don’t need to…

May 7, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Hi! How are you? I’m good. Busy doing exciting stuff! Like becoming a manager of a WordPress Meetup. Yup, I signed up to organize a local meetup and if you like WordPress and are local to Rochester, MN, you can join me. There are others throughout the world, though, if you aren’t.  The Rochester WordPress Meetup is brand-new, just plunked down the money today, and the rules aren’t pulled together any more than a meeting place, date or time. But that will happen. This is part of some changes in how I spend my off-time. Busy, busy! Two big projects…

September 18, 2012 Jonya Pacey

Well, even though last night was a failure and even though tonight was supposed to be about the new blog setup and checking out how the weld works in the dye pot, I’m going back to the woad. I have all the proper chemicals for a non-urine-bath dye pot, I’m just doing something wrong. Tonight the powder from about a week ago’s success is going into the dye bath. There’s about an ounce of pigment and I’m only going to try to dye about that amount of fiber, maybe half that… Last night’s linen sample was a very pretty green…

September 17, 2012 Jonya Pacey

I need the woad chopped up and I’m cutting up woad leaves with the kitchen scissors, thinking “omg now I have to buy new kitchen scissors” cause you are not supposed to mix dyeing equipment with stuff you use on food for the chance of poisoning people and I realized I use these scissors to cut fat off dead chickens. Clean them and then put them back into the drawer for next time. Woad may make my poo blue but I don’t find any indication that it will kill me. Blue chicken would..well, chicken that makes my bodily excretions blue…