Friday, October 06, 2006

Wild Sage

Here is about 20 pounds of the wild stuff, Spirit Bro' Chris brought me this from Wyoming. I hear tell that his wife was really happy to get rid of the stuff as she is very allergic. I made a bang up greenish color with it in an old iron pot at Beaver Creek '06.

My vat is now fermenting away outside, I'll have to bring it in before it freezes so the pot won't crack. Sage doesn't get that slimy smell to it, it's one of it's better qualities. The yarn would be darker if the sage had been allowed to sit in the pot for several days, instead this is the color you get after a few hours.


teri springer said...

That shade of green is EXACTLY what I am looking for. I have some yarn to dye to weave and I NEED that color!!!! Where can I buy sage and how the heck did you get that color??


k baxter packwood said...

You don’t buy it you pick it! I simmered the sage in an iron pot for awhile and then heated for quite a bit of time then added my pre-mordant yarn and then cut the heat and it sat overnight. It’d be a stronger green if the sage had sat in the pot for several days first. In fact I should check my dye pot as it’s been sitting for several weeks now – it’s time to dye some silk cocoons.

Btw sage stinks to high heaven when it’s heated it’s best to do this out of doors.