Sunday, October 23rd, 2011:
With her hand-made curtains in place, Gabby has turned her attention to crocheting a throw rug for the Great Room. She has re-purposed some white cotton rags that were to be thrown out, washed them, and cut them into thin strips for incorporating into the oval rug. To keep with the earth-toned theme that is taking shape in the tiny house, she has colored the cotton strips with a natural black-walnut dye.
She enjoyed a short bike ride up the 2 mile Camp Ondessonk entrance road collecting some of the black walnuts that are falling to the ground this time of year. Once home, she placed them in a large pot of water and simmered them for an evening. Next, she let them soak in the water for three days. The resulting liquid made quick work of the strips of white cotton, turning them a rich and pleasant brown hue.