Baking?! That wasn't on the original agenda for today, but this is Day 5 of the first week of an online retreat through Abbey of the Arts, and the music following the written reflection was "Soul Cake" in a rendition done by Sting (yes, you read that correctly!) and I was inspired.
Wikipedia has some interesting information about All Souls' Day, and I managed to find this recipe, which with a bit of added egg and milk (because I couldn't get the dough to form), produced these biscuits:
While doing up the dishes, I took the opportunity to prepare some more fabric for natural dyeing -- this time with a dye bath made from the bark of another of my aging ornamental crab trees:
|Left to right: fabric in vinegar/water prep bath; jar of 'bark dye'|
empty dye pot.
After the fabric was simmered in the prep bath for about an hour, I put it into the dye pot with the "bark dye" and heated that up. It's now simmering merrily away. On impulse I added some un-prepped wool batting from the stash...and had to add some hot water as there wasn't enough liquid. Alas, this likely means I've diluted the dye...oh well. It's just a sampling! ;-)
Meanwhile back in the sewdio, I'm attaching binding to The Door Quilt.
|Binding fabric waiting to be cut|
Before I get back to work, I'm linking up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday...
Have a blessed weekend!