Plants are in full bloom right now and now is the time to harvest! This weekend I made 6 different dyes from materials I harvested near my house and in Redwing, Minnesota. Stephanie, the director of The Anderson Center invited me to collect plant material from the land they own that surrounds their facility. 320 acres runs in between highway 61 and the Canon River. The low land is abundant with sumac, goldenrod and stinging nettles like I have never seen before. These nettles are over six feet tall. I didn’t even recognize them enough to watch out and as I climbed through dry creek beds they encroached on all of the clear paths.
My arms and legs are still aching from the stings and not to mention that 8,000 mosquito bites that chewed through my layered clothing and the massive amount of deet I reapplied multiple times. Foraging is hard work.
Was it worth it? Definitely. Once I arrived home, I went straight to work. Here are colors from: