I love my walk with God.
Pokeberry (Photo credit)
I have been a Christian for most of my life but I have only recently, like the last 15 years or so, discovered God in all the things I love the most…..nature.
It’s funny how things come “full circle” in my life.
I’m a master herbalist, in case I’ve never mentioned it. My personal desire to understand how plants and herbs could be natural healers prompted my pursuit of an education in naturopathy on my 40th birthday.
It didn’t take long before I was planting my own herb garden, that’s just how those life experiences work. Once you get a taste of things you love, sooner or later, it takes you back to the origin of that thing, which is often the earth.
In the garden, God shows me, in a way I can understand, what His intentions were in Creation. It’s the coolest thing, and some of the best church I ever get!
Yet, in all of my education in herbs, it never occurred to me that they could be used for dying fibers. I never even thought about what yarn was made of, much less how they were colored.
Now that I’m in my “fiber arts season” of life, and fiber is now on my radar screen, herbs have come full circle for me in terms of realizing that their use goes beyond cooking and well-being. Combine that with the fact that I have always owned and loved knit sweaters, it seems only natural to take this next step.
I ordered a few books last week, the above being one of them, after coming up empty at the library. I wanted to educate myself about what plants can/should be used for color. I am thrilled to announce that I have quite a number of these herbs on our property!
Ironweed (Photo credit)
Goldenrod (Photo credit)
How totally cool would it be to dye your own fiber???
I’m just in the infant stages of researching this facet of homesteading, but I had to share my excitement and enthusiasm with you all!
Do any of you dye your own fiber or grow herbs to do so? Know much about it? Share with us, please!