Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Fabric pictures from Dyeing in the Garden plus - Drying Herbs!

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These are just a few. I was going for fabrics that I could use in appliqué, especially greens and flowery effects!

How to Dry Herbs

If you don’t know what to do with your herbs now that autumn is here then why not dry them to use over the winter. They can be used in cooking or to make herbal teas.

The best time to cut the herbs is in the early morning when the sun (ha! ha!) has dried off the dew!  Make sure that the leaves are clean. Rinse in cool water if necessary and then pat dry. Remove any dead or discoloured leaves. Then tie into bunches and tie the ends together with string. Sometimes I use a rubber band to make life simple! Then hang the bunches upside down in a cool dark place, which is dust free and well ventilated. An attic or airing cupboard is good. After two to three weeks the herbs will have become dry and brittle. Strip the leaves from the stem and lightly crush. Then store in small glass jars with closely fitting lids. Plastic bags can be used but I prefer glass jars. Leaves can be left whole, especially leaves such as bay.  And I have to say that failing an attic or a large enough airing cupboard I have hung the herbs on the curtain rail in the kitchen and they have been fine.

Dry seeds by putting the seed heads into a brown paper bag – well a paper bag, and leaving until the seeds fall off the seed heads. Then collect and store in small glass jars. Coriander, fennel and caraway spring to mind immediately as herbs that seed well.

 

 

10 comments:

  1. Great advice Val and lovely Dyed materials! What do you plan on using them for?

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  2. Hi Valeri! I like the range of your activity - from dyeing fabrics to drying herbs!

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  3. It is nice to venture out on creativity!! beautiful... ~bangchik

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  4. You are so creative! Great advice on the herbs.

    Here's hoping you have a glorious autumn!

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  5. The dyed fabric is elegant...can't wait to see what the next creative step is...maybe, maybe, maybe I'll have an herb or two to dry next year, some basil would be nice...so thank you for the suggestions for drying.

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  6. Your fabric looks wonderful. I can't wait to see what you make with it.
    I really should get myself organised and dry some herbs for use over the coming months.

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  7. The fabric looks incredible - hope it cheers you up if the weather continues the way it was. And as for the herbs - they're always useful!

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  8. Thanks for the instructions. Sounds silly, but I wasn't sure if there was a special process. Looks like I can just go about hanging them to dry. Beautiful fabrics - I can't even comment on which one might be my fave. I bet they'll be beautiful in their final state.

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  9. Nice post - garden pictures ..Keep Posting


    Ron
    garden pictures

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  10. Nice post - pictures of herbs ..Keep Posting


    Ron
    pictures of herbs

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