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exhausting the dye pot

May 16, 2011

— and the dyer, too!

this linen towel with the cutwork embroidery (falling apart) was mordanted in alum, simmered in the exhaust bath of dock root and then cochineal/lac. It’s a soft dusty rose. The napkins were a pale cream to start with. Both were mordanted in alum-myrobalan-alum, the myrobalan gives a soft yellow and the pinky one was dyed in the cochineal/lac.

there was still colour in the pots so in went a 4 oz. brick of tussah silk which I won at the last guild meeting.This was alum mordanted first and then it finished off the dock pot and the cochineal/lac. When I turned off the heat I tucked onion skins between the folds and left it to cool overnight.

I’ve always wanted to try natural dyeing blended colours on silk fibre. It works and is still spinnable after all the handling. Need to get more colours next time. 

this is the next experiment using Japanese maple leaves on a previously eco dyed linen napkin. It was rolled up, steamed and left for 5 days. The leaves are the burgundy/red variety. Next I’ll try them on silk.

My cast is OFF!  Now it’s off to physio.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2011 4:28 pm

    YAY! the cast is cast away!!! good luck with physio, you must be thrilled to be on to that phase. just shedding that cast, you must feel so great!

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    • May 16, 2011 4:55 pm

      well, I do feel about 5 lbs. lighter, its a little disappointing how stiff and inflexible it is but this can only get better. maybe I’ll sleep better and at least I won’t clonk myself in the head a couple times each night. now to get up on the ladder and paint the house trim! don’t worry it’s still raining.

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  2. May 16, 2011 7:16 pm

    Congrats on leaving the cast behind. Your wrist will feel better more quickly now, but take it easy.

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  3. May 17, 2011 1:03 am

    kiss the cast good bye!! now careful with that ladder.
    beautiful colors on linen. i owe you my present linen bug.

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