Some development on this "playing around with a
traditional pattern"- piece...
There are dark grey blots on the linen patch with the
October embroidery (hardly visible here, though), produced
with tea and iron dye, a method I stumpled upon last month.
Here`s some more of it, on cotton:
It´s done with a small amount of big leafed black
tea and an iron-pill, just putting boiling water
over it all and letting it sit for two hours or so.
The iron seems to have the effect of encouraging rather
distinct blots just around the tea leaves.
"All things on earth point home in old October;
sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences,
hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of
hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken."