cellulose fiber

i once kept a flock of sheep.
raisin was my first ewe, named for her thompson seedless raisin brown.
then i found a few more including truffle and lily who came from trudy van stralen 
rambam(!) no comment on his name; 
then a goat called trouble, 
who birthed adonis
the most beautiful mohair kid in the world.
 at that time
i was making paper from local fibers.
dyeing with fungi and lichens,
weaving tapestries, 
and raising a few angora bunnies.
my spinning included silk,
wild silk (spider and moth)
and crept over into the realm of cellulose.
 i couldn't imagine why spin cellulose? 
and now i say look at this, natural pale green cotton sliver
from kristin
which deepens with a cook to the color 
in the little skein.
a lovely cotton.
(very hard to capture the color in the photo, even with adjustment)
 and here is hemp, 
all the way from japan,
and the clever fingers of chica notch.
 she included a lovely wrapping cord of two ply hemp, 
i suppose.
more rustic and quite lovely, too.
 my 2-ply twined dogbane or indian hemp
is from the bast of the dried, field retted stems.
the coil grows slowly.
i have made paper from this fiber,
wonderful paper, actually,
 that included the wild and slender seed pods,
packed with seeds on fibers smaller than milkweed 
and ready to airlift the seeds to eager soil.
i am here, 
at the new year, 
looking both ways,
forward and back and


a possible, but not mine,
mine had only the slightest bits of blue...
 there was a night and a day 
and then some more

dyeing paper

here's a little dance
how it's disbound 
 what i found inside
pleases me,
this winter break
where there is some color play
on the surface of cotton
with a little help
from staghorn sumac
blueberries, onion skins, hollyhock,
yellow birch,
a spider plant,
and metal things
 some string marks
 some metals
 a length in transition
and my vat god, plus a linen bundle
oh, and there was a moon or two
or more.
 last night's snow was lit up and
this morning there's new snow
so these bits of startling color indoors
make outside more beautiful still.