What’s Drying Wednesday — Willow Bark

Willow bark drying.

It’s not Wednesday any longer, but here’s what was drying yesterday when I stopped to visit a friend.

Jo Campbell-Amsler with willow bark she's drying.

I had a short but lovely visit with Jo Campbell-Amsler yesterday as I passed through Iowa on my way to Kansas for the Midwest Weavers Conference. Jo has been harvesting willow bark for baskets, and is drying it in neat rolls on an old laundry rack.

My willow bark harvest for natural dyeing will begin as soon as I get home. Along with the bark, I’ll be saving leaves to freeze, also for dyeing. None of that will look nearly as tidy and beautiful as what I saw at Jo’s!

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin