As shown in the last month or so by various posts, I've been collecting quite a bit of natural bits and pieces in my surrounding area...mostly for dyeing purposes. Here's what I found last week:
Firstly, do you recall the seeds Jenny gave me last year that I sprinkled about after the first rain of the fall? The Nigella (love in a mist) has flowered and dried. I won't be using these seeds for dyeing, but I thought that the forms of the dried seed head and seeds were beautiful.
I also found another oak gall, this time on the underside of a leaf (which I could reach) that was still attached to the tree (I have since found another).
You can see where it was attached to the leaf on the right side of the form (above).
We've also had some wild turkeys around. I found a turkey feather (what I believe to be a turkey feather) the day after they had been around quite a bit. I also saw some a couple of days ago, a mother and four half-sized babies.
Lastly, we are lucky to have redwoods in our area (even though we are not on the coast). I found some cones under a redwood tree and Boo and I collected some up. I'm not sure if they will work as a dye, but Barefoot Shepherdess gets lovely browns from alder cones, I figure it's worth a try.
I've been reading some lovely posts about mushrooms lately (speaking of collecting). I know Oregon is known a bit for wild mushrooms, but I don't know anything about it. So, I revel in the beauty of these posts (and there's so much more mushroom beauty from both of these gals...these are just my favorite posts)...here and here (and psssst...natural dye from mushrooms here).