I can't tell you what any of these plants are except for the little "Fiddle Heads". I gathered them a few months ago along the half mile lane that leads to my house. Today is such a hot day here in PA that I am staying indoors where it's cool. I'm playing today. Playing with pressed plants. I've removed them from the press and attached them to watercolor paper to be placed in a sort of journal.
There are blossoms from the garden in the press now. Cant wait to add them to the journal. One day I'll fill in all the gaps with little stories to go with all the pressed plants.
He's a 4 month old Golden Retriever. He came here to live with me just a few short days ago and already I couldn't imagine life without him.
I'm pretty sure the people who sold him to me were not breeders as they said they were.
I found some awful things online about them after the fact and even though I suspected things weren't quite right before I took him, I just couldn't leave him there. He has his first vet appointment on Wednesday and I hope they can tell me that he is healthy and as a 4 month old puppy should be.
After picking through it and removing as much of the vegetable matter as possible it went into
mesh laundry bags.
Then out to the kitchen.
Into hot soapy water to soak.
Some were very dirty and required repeated soaking while some only needed a couple of soaks. I was careful not to change the temperature of the water throughout the process.
I used shampoo for the first few and then switched to Dawn.
It is easier to rinse the fiber washed in shampoo. The dawn seems to need more rinsing and I ended up felting a bag of alpaca fiber trying to rinse out all the soap. Into the trash it went. Less soap from now on.
I used a few drops of lavender oil in the final rinse.
This Chesterfield wool was washed a few days ago. I had it drying on the sweater drying rack, on the deck and the wind blew it everywhere. My driveway looked like a sheep exploded.
These net laundry baskets hung on the railing work well.
The fiber stays put and drys well in the sun and wind.
Washing small batches at a time.
The process is time consuming and I haven't put a dent in the bags of dirty fiber.