I began these three embroidered botanical illustrations in the spring by gathering dye materials from birch, apple, and black cherry trees. I dyed and tested modifiers on a lot of tiny hanks of silk, cotton, mohair, merino, and linen thread. You see, each embroidery is a guide to the dyes produced by that tree's leaves and bark, illustrating what to expect in the dye pot on each fiber. A key to the fibers and modifiers is hidden behind the frame, so the lightfastness of each color can be gauged over time.
These are also a record of my summer: foraging, dyeing, sewing, and getting to know these trees.