Monday, July 15, 2013


i am prepping for my class at the morgan conservatory
and a private class following it.
four days in cleveland.
 but i ran across this large silk shawl
 and decided to dye it along with a few more arches samples.
 the milkweed behaved so differently 
than it did in salida!
hmm. even on paper it was different
of course there were some distinct differences,
the least of which was 3000 miles!
 another shifu sample
 with this heavenly 
habu yarn
 and here's the shawl
before pressing
 green, gold, pink and gray
not bad at all!
(and milkweed sap, which did eventually go away)
but it was a decidedly
different mindset
silk, paper
and one piece of cotton.


Ms. said...

Though my aged computer needs a tune up (to avoid a potential crash it's already warning me of)...I am still checking favorite blogs....yours is one...and THIS edition just lovely. If I gather milkweed on my next Massachusetts trip, I'll try this...with the leaves I'm guessing.

Valerianna said...

Rich, earthy colors on that scarf. You hot up there?

Velma Bolyard said...

ms, i was shocked to hear my computer is almost five years old! how does this happen? good luck, and i am really pleased you risk all to look at wake robin! (not much color from milkweed here) one guess is that early leaves before or the beginning of flowering work best.
valerie, hot, yep 90ish, but breeze and no humidity so bearable.

ronnie said...

ooo purty.... ahhhh how I'm aching right now to be playing with pots and plants.... not rearranging words on a page..... blah to Higher Degrees I say!

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, you are the goddess of words and you don't write tripe. so back to that keyboard!

Judy Martin said...

I have a lot of milkweed on manitoulin and long to use it like you have.
Your students in Cleveland are lucky.

Can't imagine being in a city this summer though - give me water, water, water.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, my little book poor (wo)man's asparagus is a bit about milkweed. i'm learning this plant.

Anonymous said...

is that Habu yarn paper? the indigo looks very green, wonderful colour. the shawl is gorgeous. happy travels, happy workshop. We are having a heat wave here, so glad I'm surrounded on 3 sides by ocean.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, that is indeed habu paper and silk, indigo dyed. gorgeous stuff, but takes a little getting used to. hot here, but not humid, so bearable.

Penny Berens said...

Think I need to go and find me some milkweed! Love the scarf and love your shifu work. Love you!

Velma Bolyard said...

blushing, penny, but very pleased. milkweed is amazing!

Christine said...

Lovely. I am happy you are coming to Cleveland, my city on a huge fresh water lake. I hope to stop in to see you! xo C

Velma Bolyard said...

christine, oh, please do.

mjc said...

If I could take one class this summer, it would be yours! Alas, I am teaching myself during both of your upcoming workshops. Have a GREAT time at the Morgan (how can you not?)

Velma Bolyard said...

melissa, rats to the conflict. i'm convinced we need a wake robin summit!

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