Last night I saw a shooting star in the black sky, a sure sign that fall and it's crisp, clear air is here. According to Samhain, these days mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year. But the term 'dark' is relative. To me, this is the time of year to settle down, to make pots of soup, to keep the fire in the stove stoked. We make plans for the holidays to visit with family + friends. We gather evergreen boughs and bring them indoors for decoration, adorning our homes with the scents and colors of the natural, green world. And the lights! Main streets + neighborhoods brighten even as...

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How to dye with goldenrod

I love this time of year, this cusp between summer + fall. We can be in the moment while also looking to the season ahead. We can harvest in the heat of the day while the nights and early mornings are cool and crisp. We taste the change in the air and are invigorated.  My late summer love has been goldenrod. I've been attempting to capture some of its incredible color and vibrancy by dyeing with the plant's flowers and leaves. Each piece of fabric is a snapshot of summer color: sunny yellow, muted lemon, pale ochre. The variations are the same in nature: the flower itself goes through stages of bright vigor to a bronze patina as the buds...

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