Next time around, I decided to not use the blender, but go back to the more time-honored cutting up method. I used an old "mezzaluna" from my husband's Italian grandfather and the leaves were cut into fine pieces in a few minutes. This made sieving it out much easier. I found a source of cheap silk scarves for dyeing online and used those and a cotton t-shirt for dyeing this time. Silk and wool take dyes better than cotton. The photo of the scarves doesn't do the colors justice - they are really lovely. I did a bit of resist techniques such as tying knots at intervals on a few also. When the plants grow up again , I'll be harvesting more in September and will be prepared with more silk scarves and more Japanese resist patterning techniques to try!
As a resident of the Hudson Valley for most of my adult life, I have observed this land through many seasons and changes. From the Catskill Mountains and its deep woods, to the agricultural open spaces of the river valleys, this area is rich in diverse landscapes. Through my work I hope to not only record and capture the experience of these places, but also raise awareness of the importance of their conservation.