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uncontrolled dyeing

February 9, 2011

–the eco-bundles were left for 2 weeks, they started to grow black mould and that’s my excuse to open them. Living in a rain forest in a damp and often soggy climate mould isn’t considered something one wants to cultivate. 

Before and after photos of the hankies, they were previously dyed with various plant materials. 


I unwrapped the bundles carefully to try to discover which colours and patterns were left by individual plant material. It is difficult to tell. Think the small round spots were flower buds from heather. And it is interesting that colour has discharged completely in some places. The napkin on the right was shibori dyed before eco dyeing.

The embroidered piece was in the center of the bundle, it is cotton and took the least amount of dye.

This was the purple one to start. It was on the outside of the bundle, has the most distinct dye pattern and also the most discharged areas.

I love the surprises. Makes a change from carefully controlled weaving.

I’ll probably use these as backgrounds for stitching. That will have to wait until I finish some of the stitching already in progress.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 4:44 pm

    don’t worry, I seem to be very much alive. When I retired I had a “retire and dye” party–some folks didn’t get it. At least nobody showed up dressed all in black!


  2. February 9, 2011 4:34 pm

    by the way, uncontrolled dyeing sounds rather, …er…serious!!!


  3. February 9, 2011 3:27 pm

    they’re all nifty. i like that purply-pink and greenish swath one lots! must be because there’s so much color and it’s luscious!


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