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lac and logwood

February 6, 2012

two of my favorite natural dyes

lac and logwood on wool, silk, and linen/cotton

the final two woven shibori pieces to be used for book covers.

mercerized cotton warp and singles linen weft, they are soft and silky.

the top piece was dyed in lac before gathering  and then dyed in logwood. The second piece was drawn up and dyed in lac with an iron modifier.





silk hankies (thanks Kathy) dyed in lac and logwood with an alum mordant. I’ll add 2 or 3 more colours before I start to spin.




 it really doesn’t take much to get me excited, but this is it!

arashi shibori on 100% wool felt from Holland

the piece on the left was pole wrapped and dyed with lac, taken off the pole, dried and then wrapped on the pole again and dyed with logwood. The one on the right was dyed once with lac.

After drying, steam pressing – and lots of fondling – they have retained a deep, felted texture. 

Not sure how I’m going to use them but think there will be many more.  

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2012 8:28 pm

    those are really beautiful colours, I must get the dye pot out and try some.
    Happy Spinning.


  2. February 7, 2012 1:26 pm

    well, i think these are happiness making!


  3. February 7, 2012 2:46 am

    !you can get as excited as you want, the lac logwood piece is a winner.looking forward to seeing those handspuns


  4. February 7, 2012 2:37 am

    Oh my Jean, I am beside myself with the desire to stroke and fondle those gorgeous fabrics. What delicious colours, so so so much more subtle with those natural dyes than with chemicals and beautiful resist results too.


  5. February 6, 2012 11:05 pm

    How exciting, the colours are beautiful, arashi shibori is the one I prefer.
    Woven shibori looks terrific too.


  6. Jillian permalink
    February 6, 2012 5:14 pm

    That’s cool. I like the colour. love jillian


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