St. John's wort (also know as St. Joan's wort) is a medicinal and natural dye plant. It grows along the roadsides here. I've been very busy working and packing to go camping but that didn't matter it was time to harvest and dye with it. Working with plants you go by their time not yours. I love that, it keeps you moving, no procrastinating! My post is about dyeing with the flowers but Peggy womanwithwingsblog.blogspot.com has a great post on preserving St. Joan's wort for medicinal use. "Peggy we need to know more about what you will use it for".
Close up, see the tips of the stamens and the raggedy edge to the flower petals,
the moment they made contact with the wet wool and silk red dye came off them.
I don't know if I already showed you this wonderful face/neck toner but this one is worth repeating. It is very easy all natural toner any one can make: 1/2 cup of distilled water
1/4 cup of witch hazel
8 drops of your favorite essential oil scent
Pour into spray bottle and shake.
I keep mine in the refrigerator, it's nice and cool when you come in from the heat or wake up in the early morning. You'll love it.
When I had free time I sat on our little dock and quilted. This was printed with dyers coreopsis. I'm quilting around the spots to make them into little flowers.