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cochineal and lac

November 21, 2011

the woven shibori is off the loom

as I intend to use the fabric for book covers and will cut it into short pieces I am experimenting with dyes

the only mordant used was alum, the orange threads are the pull-up shibori pattern threads and will be removed after the piece is dyed

the purple piece was dyed in cochineal before being gathered, overdyed the orange became red/brown

the shibori piece and the linen napkin were dyed with lac

Japanese silk crepe scarf and silk satin dyed with cochineal

the blue cotton was dyed in the indigo/henna vat, the one on the right was over dyed in cochineal

next is handspun white wool dyed in cochineal and the small skein is a pale natural grey dyed in lac

the dye vats are still viable so more tomorrow.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2011 10:07 am

    My head is spinning with all these dyes, we will have so much talk to do….


    • November 23, 2011 10:16 am

      Bryan will get us all dyeing with indigo – it is the only difficult process with many, many recipes. I can’t wait to get his knowledge. Most other dyes are fun and relatively easy. It takes time to acquire the equipment and experiment. Nat and I will get you going.


  2. November 23, 2011 3:58 am

    yes, your skeins are wonderful, but that layered one is rich. i am always pleased by the woven shibori…probably have to actually DO some soon or shame on me.


  3. November 22, 2011 2:13 am

    lac seems and looks scrumptious. over dyeing it after or before indigo is beyond the beyond.


    • November 22, 2011 7:46 am

      historically lac was problematic, it is thought not to be very fast but I have never had a problem and use a very fine powder I get from Maiwa. I really like to layer dyes as well as techniques.


  4. November 21, 2011 5:07 pm

    These are amazing Jean! Everything you do is beyond my comprehension and with my poor knowledge of weaving so I will just admire them like a dog looking and jewels!
    Enjoy you chocolate and knitting – Hugs Nat


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