Mad in Pursuit Notebook

earth cloth: dried plant matter, iron water, copper water

Earth Cloth: Dried Plants from Winter Garden

Mar 7, 2016. I couldn't wait till the greening of spring. Before my late winter pruning cuts everything down, I thought that the dried remains of last summer might be good for something.


preparing for eco-print earth cloth


Bundle after steaming


The total surprise was the development of a tomato-y orange color. As expected, the iron blanket made the plant imprints a purplish gray, which bled back into the iron blanket. But there was orange in between. And the iron blanket turned orange too. Which magical plant did this?

I finally deduced that the copper did it. Where the copper wire directly touched fabric, the threads turned orange. This defies my understanding. In the interest of science, I think I'll try this again. I love a mystery.

earth cloth, just unwrapped, still damp


Iron water. Combine in a jar: a few rusty found objects, like nails, washers, etc. and a solution of 2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar. Close the jar and let it sit for a couple weeks till a rusty-orange color appears. It can be kept indefinitely, used and reused.(from Sasha Duerr, The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes)

Copper water. Same idea as iron water, except use copper findings and wire and 1 part water to 1 part vinegar. The broth will turn blue-greenish after it has brewed for a while. (from Jenny Dean, Wild Color, who also gives above recipe for iron water)


Books by Susan Barrett Price:

THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.

TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.

PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.



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