Monday, 18 April 2022

Krhlika Alder Buckthorn

 Krhlika je en tak navaden grm, nič posebnega na pogled. Ima pa, vsaj zame, dve posebnosti: prva je, da se na njej hrani gosenica metulja citronček (Gonepteryx rhamnii), druga pa to, da daje krasne barve na volni. 


 Alder buckthorn is a bush with nothing special about when you look at it. But it is special to me in two ways: it is the host to the caterpillar of brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamnii), and secondly,it gives beautiful colours on wool.

   

 
 Wikipedia

 
Po navadi olupim sveže vejice, ko so v soku, včasih pa tudi kaj starejšega in debelejšega. Ob lupljenju izteka živorumen sok, ki močno obarva prste, a se na srečo zlahka izmije.


I usually peel fresh twigs when sappy, and sometimes also older and thicker twigs. Bright yellow sap runs from them that badly stains my fingers but is fortunately easily washed off. 




 Preja na zgornjih slikah je strojno predena in te sem pobarvala največ. Pravzaprav toliko, da še ne vem, kako bi jo uporabila in je na voljo tudi kakšni ljubiteljici domače volne, barvane z rastlinami.  

The yarn in the pictures above is machine spun and I dyed a lot of it. In fact so much that I do not have a use for all of it. So it is available to those who love naturally dyed autochthonous farmer's wool.   

Za izziv sem pobarvala česano volno in jo spredla na kolovrat. Je debelejša in neenakomerna.

I challenged myself and dyed carded wool and spun it on my spinning wheel. It is thicker and of  uneven diameter.  


Pletena v gladkem vzorcu 

Knit in stockinette stitch

 
   

Tudi ta je na voljo. Spredla sem različne količine različnih odtenkov in debelin - mogoče bi pa še lepše  prišla do izraza v tkanju? 

This yarn is also available. I've spun various amounts of different shades and thicknesses - perhaps it would best show its beauty in weaving?    



 

 


   



   







Saturday, 25 December 2021



Vesel Božič in srečno, zdravo, ustvarjalno
leto 2022!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, 25 June 2021

Lansko barvanje 2 - Last year's dyeing 2

Druga rastlina, ki sem jo lani zelo veliko uporabljala za barvanje, je bila vrba. Skromno, nezahtevno drevo, pionirska na mnogi terenih. 
Tule vrbe obkrožajo Zelence s čudovito smaragdno zeleno vodo, ki izvira v posameznih "vulkančkih" na peščenem dnu jezera; to je povirje Save Dolinke v Podkorenu pri Kranjski Gori.

  

 The second plant I used very much in dyeing last year is willow tree. It is such a modest, undemanding, pioneer tree growing on various terrains.  In the picture above willows surround the beautiful  lake Zelenci, one of the two sources od the Sava river, the longest river in Slovenia, with brilliant emerald green watters springing from the bottom sands like small volcanoes. It lies in the nature reserve behind the village Podkoren near Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Večinoma imajo vrbe ozko podolgovato listje, zeleno do srebrnkasto. Nekaj slik vrb ob moji vsakodnevni sprehajalni/kolesarski poti čisto blizu doma. 



 

Willow trees usually have lance-shaped leaves, green to silver in colour. Above are some pictures of willows growing by the sides of my daily walking/biking track near my home.




 Čeprav so listi zeleni, zelene barve seveda ne dajo.  Kot še mnogo drugih rastlin na volni dajo rumeno. Lepo, intenzivno, dobro obstojno rumeno. Neverjetno je, kako veliko barve je shranjene v vrbovem listju. 
              




 Although the leaves are mostly green, green is not the colour it imparts to wool. Like many other plants it imparts yellow - a beautiful, intense, fast yellow colour. It is incredible how much colour is stored in willow leaves.


Več o barvanju z vrbovimi listi  tule

More about dyeing with willow leaves    here

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Velika noč - Easter



Vesele velikonočne praznike želim vsem obiskovalcem bloga!
Happy Easter season to all visitors of my blog!

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Lansko barvanje 1. del - Last year's dyeing Part 1

Lani sem precej barvala, v glavnem poleti. Na vrtu so bujno cveteli koreopsisi in sem jih pridno obirala. Tako to gre: bolj jih obiraš, bolj cvetijo.
Najraje barvam s svežim materialom, a ravno pri tej rožici je cvetenje tako bujno, da jih ne morem sproti porabiti in jih tudi posušim za kasnejšo uporabo.





 
Last year I did quite a lot of dyeing especially during summer. The coreopses in my garden grew and bloomed copiously and I collected the flowers almost every other day. This is the way they go: the more you collect the flowers the more new flowers they make.
I prefer dyeing with fresh material but coreopsis is one of the dyeing plants flowering so profusely I cannot use all the flowers as I pick them so I dry them for later use.

Barvala sem v glavnem volno. Kot (skoraj) vedno je to domača volna jezersko-solčavske pasme





I dyed mostly wool yarn. As (almost) always this was farmer's wool from Slovenian Jezersko-Solčava sheep breed.