Elaine Duncan

Archive for November, 2013

The rooster finally finds a home

by on Nov.18, 2013, under Blog Posts

Rooster finds a new home


I wove this small rooster in a tapestry workshop taught by Lynne Curran in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the summer of 2010.  It has taken me three years to find the perfect way to hang this little guy….a small metal frame which has a glass door that opens.

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Mystery plant for natural dyeing

by on Nov.18, 2013, under Blog Posts

close up of the flower

a bush along the roads in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico


I have been wandering the roads of  Lo de Marcos, my winter home in Nayarit, Mexico in search of dye plants.  I came across this plant which has a flower resembling the coreopsis plant.  I picked a few blossoms and added hot water and watched a gorgeous orange colour develop.  Later I placed a small amount of wool, unmordanted, into the dye water and left in the sun for a few hours.  Had a lovely golden yellow develop.  Now I am wondering if it is related to the coreopsis family and whether it is lightfast and washfast.   Any ideas or thoughts?

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