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Quill dying fun

While on a run the other day, I noticed a bunch of bloodroot up in the woods that I didn’t realize we had. Anyway, it prompted me to experiment again with natural dyes for dying porcupine quills. In the past, I have not always had the best luck dying quills, especially with anything other than RIT. I have since gotten walnut hulls and iron to work for a nice dark brown/black color and, as my blog showed in the past,...

Warm weather and warm hats

The weather is ridiculously warm out!!  In spite of this, Hilary is kicking out some cool new hats.  On an order, she made her interpretation of the Gen. Carleton of Whitby hat (found on the wreck of the ship of that name).The original…   Her version… More fun is that Hilary has been wanting to do an interpretation of these hats from the Rijksmuseum… We are running low on white wool and she didn’t...

Spring

I think spring is upon us. Temperatures are sky-rocketing and one of the warmest (and weirdest) winters I can remember is nearly over. As for spring… I just wanted to do a little update on historically related things we are doing. 1.) Maple Syrup: With the dreadfully warm winter and the quick warm up this spring, we did not tap any trees. My father-in-law did and I helped boil down sap this past Sunday. Sugar content is...