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rainbows and sunshine

May 29, 2013

two more happy students

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cutting off their first


so happy they have decided to start another class immediately

while the rain continues so does the dyeing

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pomegranate rind: Dominique Cardon calls it “the dyers’ golden apple”

an ancient dye that alone gives a beautiful golden-yellow

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the fibre is 22/2 silk, mordanted in alum

from the left; pomegranate, over-dyed in the exhaust madder/cochineal bath, iron modifier, iron again left a little longer and left in the iron until the bath was exhausted – more iron and you will get a true black, but iron is very hard on fibres

and finally,  top dyed with indigo

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a rainbow is out there somewhere!

the shibori samples are dyed

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the indigo vat is not happy, still too cold I think

and doing multiple dips with rain running down the back of the neck is not fun

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so which resist pattern will I use for the final 2 meters?

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this is the board clamped method I used to resist the striped portion of the fabric. It worked on short samples but isn’t very useful for yardage

the samples all have different weft yarns, the stripe is a handspun singles silk that was dyed in last years indigo stems, it was a very light blue/grey. The other three are linen or cotton.

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last but not least – Bryan has posted the details for next year’s workshops here

is anyone interested in making up a group from the Pacific Northwest??

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2013 5:21 pm

    The pomegranate dye is lovely! It grows well here and I have been collecting some rind for dyeing but haven’t tried it out. Do you use fresh or dried? How about the seedy part? Although I usually eat that. I like the striped part of the shibori best…so subtle. I just love stripes!


    • May 29, 2013 5:35 pm

      Kristin – here the pomegranate is pricey, but you eat the fruit, yum. I freeze the rind and dye with it when I have enough – that is what is in the picture. I have woven most of the remaining warp – in the stripe pattern.


  2. May 29, 2013 2:38 pm

    oh, the odor. 🙂 i love how much is going on in your corner of the world! it was funny to see the reaction of someone last week at the color that hanji can be dyed with pomegranate. people always expect something entirely different.


    • May 29, 2013 3:23 pm

      Aimee – I love to eat pomegranate and feel like it is a real plus to dye with it, easily, and get a great colour. If you haven’t tried it the olive greens with the iron modifier are beautiful and look lovely with indigo


  3. May 29, 2013 1:32 pm

    I have a question, and I hope it is not silly (and obviously I have never done indigo, but it is on my soon to do list), why do you do your indigo dyeing outside?


    • May 29, 2013 1:37 pm

      Deb – because I maintain a 30 gallon vat which is good for dyeing larger pieces and it is far too big to have inside and besides it has a rather distinct odor.


      • May 29, 2013 1:40 pm

        Would the odor be bad for dyeing small pieces no bigger than 2 feet by 3 feet? Just figuring out the logistics. I am just about brave enough to try indigo.


      • May 29, 2013 2:12 pm

        Deb – I don’t expect that you will be starting with a vat that size? There are many different “recipes”, it depends what type of vat/chemicals you plan to use. Are you using natural or synthetic indigo. You can dye on a small scale on the stove top and there is hardly any noticeable smell for the time that it is viable. Really the smell is of little concern – it is more important that you understand the process and how an indigo vat works.


      • May 29, 2013 2:17 pm

        Thanks for all the information. I know I have a lot of research to do. It will be nice to expand the pallette. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.


      • May 29, 2013 3:23 pm

        Deb – welcome, have fun and enjoy.


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